African Crane Conservation Programme

Conserving Africa’s threatened crane species through holistic conservation action and partnerships

Conserving Africa’s threatened crane species has benefits far beyond those to the cranes and their admirers. The four threatened crane species of Africa are ambassadors for the conservation of water catchments, including wetlands and grassland ecosystems, that provide us with essential goods and services. They are iconic and charismatic and appeal to the public, allowing us to develop relationships within communities and with other stakeholders through crane conservation activities.

Working in partnership with the International Crane Foundation (ICF), our joint programme goal is to secure and improve the conservation status of Africa’s four resident crane species by protecting and restoring the wetland and grassland habitats they depend on. We achieve this by reducing threats to cranes and their habitats and working closely with local communities and key national and global stakeholders. We empower individuals, community groups, and organisations to manage catchments in ways that benefit both people and cranes, and ensure that crane conservation is incorporated into local decision making and practices and that species and habitat conservation impacts are sustainable.

We achieve this through the following projects:

• Drakensberg Regional Project, South Afric
• Highveld Regional Project, South Africa
• Western Cape Project, South Africa
• Liuwa Plains Project, Zambia
• Kafue Flats Project, Zambia
• Bangweulu Swamps Project, Zambia
• South Western Uganda Project
• South Central Uganda Project
• Western Kenya Project
• Rugezi Marsh Project
• African Crane Trade Project
• Research for Conservation Planning / Project Feasibility
• AEWA Grey Crowned Crane Single Species Action Plan

Target species:

Blue Crane
Grey Crowned Crane
Wattled Crane
• Black Crowned Crane

For more information contact Kerryn Morrison or Damian Walters


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