|Town/Region||Bizerte, Gafsa, Kairouan, Medenine, Nabeul, Qibili, Sfax, Sousse, Tunis|
|Date||3 Mar 2020|
The aim of this project is to identify key parameters that influence the use of wetlands by wintering waterbirds and investigate impact of human activities on these habitats. This project will provide baseline information that is crucial for implementing conservation activities in Tunisian wetlands. The specific contributions that will result from this project are as follows:
(1) Assessment of the population size of waterbirds wintering in the main Tunisian IBAs.
(2) Composition of the avifaunal diversity inhabiting these wetlands in terms of families, migratory status, conservation status and foraging guilds.
(3) Quantify the impact of environmental variables on waterbird species richness and abundance. This will contribute to knowledge of the IBAs and their role in waterbird diversity in the country and provide information for the management and conservation of these aquatic ecosystems.
(4) Develop predictive models of habitat suitability for individual waterbirds species, which will help geographically prioritize the focus of conservation activities.
(5) Involve schools, young naturalist’s clubs, NGOs in the monitoring process and their education on wetlands and waterbirds protection.
(6) Increase public awareness and advocate for the conservation of waterbirds, and their wetland habitats, which are also crucial for local livelihoods.
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