Bird conservation in Djibouti


This video is called Djibouti Francolin (English version).

From BirdLife:

Friends of Association Djibouti Nature unite to ensure long-term sustainability of the organisation

By Shaun Hurrell, Wed, 11/06/2014 – 16:40

Association Djibouti Nature, our Partner in the north-east African country of Djibouti, shows that size doesn’t matter when it comes to effectively working for nature and people.

With an entirely voluntary governing board, only 3 staff and less than 500 members, Association Djibouti Nature is one of the smallest in the Partnership and the first civil society nature organisation to be formed in Djibouti. Yet it takes on the responsibility of Djibouti’s threatened wildlife and habitats, the migratory species that pass through it, and improving people’s livelihoods and environmental awareness.

This includes conserving the Djibouti Francolin Francolinus ochopectus, Critically Endangered and only found in this small, hot country – and nowhere else in the world. It is found on Association Djibouti Nature’s logo however, and they work hard to ensure the bird is found more commonplace in the country’s forests and equally (and relatedly) in people’s hearts.

With such a responsibility, such a small number of staff and an annual budget largely reliant on grants for projects, efficiency and organisation is key. But by being part of the BirdLife International Partnership, a small independent national conservation NGO like Djibouti Nature can draw upon the experience of other independent NGOs all over the world to lift its capacity for conservation work. An organisation is not so small when it has a worldwide Partnership behind it.

BirdLife Partner in Germany, NABU, recently offered their support to their fellow Djiboutian Partner during a 4-day workshop in Djibouti City. The workshop, funded by the BirdLife UNDP-GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project, NABU and Zoo Landau (Germany), assessed and improved Djibouti Nature’s organisational capacity and developed long-term conservation plans. It was like a conservation NGO ‘health-check’ and now Djibouti Nature’s heart, circulation and digestion is better than ever.

“Association Djibouti Nature has approved and adopted a new strategic plan that will be implemented by fresh blood as the organisation is in the process of hiring new staff,”

said Houmed A. Bourhan, Chairperson of Djibouti Nature.

Almost a million migratory birds pass through Djibouti skies each year, making it a very important bottleneck site for migratory soaring birds. After all, nature is shared between countries too. The birds that require German habitat also require Djiboutian habitat to survive, and the wonder of their migration is shared by all people along the Africa – Eurasian Flyway. BirdLife Partners sharing experience and helping each other can help to conserve migratory bird species all along the flyway.

And Djibouti Nature is continuing the process of passing on knowledge: read here about their work with local schools and communities.

A documentary about Djibouti Nature’s work with the Djibouti Francolin: read here and watch above.

US soldiers in Somalia war


This 2015 video is about Somalia’s vast oil and gas reserve. It is called British Oil Firm Accused of Corruption in Somalia Exploration Deal.

From the Washington Post in the USA:

U.S. has deployed military advisers to Somalia, officials say

By Craig Whitlock, Published: January 10

The U.S. military has deployed a small number of uniformed trainers and advisers to the failed state of Somalia for the first time since 1993, when two helicopters were shot down and 18 Americans were killed in the failed “Black Hawk Down” operation.

A cell of U.S. military personnel has been stationed in the Somali capital of Mogadishu since last fall to advise and coordinate operations with African troops fighting to wrest control of the country from the al-Shabab militia, an Islamist group whose leaders have professed loyalty to al-Qaeda, according to three U.S. military officials.

The previously undisclosed deployment — of fewer than two-dozen troops — reverses two decades of U.S. policy that effectively prohibited military “boots on the ground” in Somalia. …

Drones from a U.S. base in Djibouti — a neighboring Horn of Africa country — conduct surveillance missions and occasional airstrikes from Somalia’s skies. Elite Special Operations forces have also set foot on Somali territory on rare occasions to carry out counter-terrorism raids and hostage rescues, but only in the shadows and for no more than a few hours at a time.

Ethiopian Forces Pour Into Guriel Town, Central Somalia: here.