|Categories||Birds, Communities, Education|
|Date||8 May 2017|
Black Crowned crane is Vulnerable and experienced a high population declines and disappearing in some countries due to habitat loss and degradation (Harris and Mirande, 2013). We live in global wave of biodiversity loss and declines in local abundance of species. Assessments of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species of 2016 reported that a rapid population decline is predicted to continue into the future. The IUCN classified the species as Lower Risk (LR) from 1988 to 2000, Near Threatened (NT) from 2004 to 2008, and then Vulnerable (VU) from 2010 onwards. The outcome of the previous projects in other districts of Jimma Zone indicates that the species is threatened due to lack of awareness about the values of wetlands, wetland drainage and conversion for agriculture and overgrazing. Black Crowned crane distribution, ecology and threats are poorly known in the region due to public knowledge gaps and lack of communities’ awareness on the species conservation. The Black Crowned crane conservation was conducted with the support of Rufford Small Grant for nature conservation starting from February 2015 onwards both in Limu Genet and Chora boter districts of Jimma zone. The species undergoes local daily and seasonal movements of up to several dozen of kilometers (Meine and Archibald, 1996). Because of daily and seasonal movements behavior of the species it is crucial to scaling up the conservation of the species to Seka Chokersa district of Jimma zone through public education and awareness creations.
This project will bring impacts on communities understanding towards the conservation of the Vulnerable Black Crowned crane and to recover the threats of the species through public education and awareness creation on the ecology, distributions and threats of the species for its conservation actions. Moreover, the public education and awareness creations will bring strong impacts on wetland restoration and conservation in the area which will contributes for the conservation of Black Crowned crane and other biodiversity in the area.
Read about Desslegn's previous project http://www.rufford.org/projects/dessalegn_obsi_gemeda_0 or for more information contact: