Development of a Species Action Plan (Damara Tern)

01 February 2015

Dr Braby coordinated and led the development of the strategy through data collected over decades of research of the Damara Tern in Namibia, discussions with various stakeholders, and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. This biodiversity-specific project focused on developing a Species Action Plan for a coastal flagship species that is a near-endemic breeder to Namibia. The development of the action plan included leading field research along the Namibian coast and facilitating inputs from key stakeholders through a one-day workshop.

The Damara Tern is part of Namibia's unique natural heritage and is a seabird that has become a flagship of the country's desert coastline. It is the responsibility of Namibian citizens to make sure that species like the Damara Tern are kept under the proud custodianship and that development is synonymous with the conservation of heritage like the Damara Tern.

A strategy, to be led by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, was developed, and action plan for the years 2015 to 2020, will focus on achieving the conservation status of the Damara Tern from 'Near-threatened' to 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red Data List of Namibia, through the following outcomes:

(a) All key breeding areas are designated as protected areas, Ramsar sites, Birdlife IBAs, and where appropriate, World Heritage sites;

(b) All breeding areas are protected and maintained, especially from impacts such as coastal infrastructural and residential development, off-road driving and mining, among others;

(c) All key feeding sites (i.e. areas parallel to breeding sites) are protected and maintained in good ecological condition.

This will be done through a set of key activities under each of the three outcomes, along with measurable indicators.

Clients: NACOMA/Namdeb/Ministry of Environment and Tourism 01/15-08/15