By Olimatou Coker
The West African Birds Study Association (WABSA) ended a four-day validation workshop for its board members, stakeholders, staff and volunteers on its five-year strategy and action plan.
The workshop was held at the Wildlife head office in Abuko under the theme: “CDF/HATCH Phase two Strengthens Institutional capacity”.
WABSA is a wildlife international partner NGO in The Gambia aimed at supporting governmental and non-governmental agencies to formulate policies that will efficiently and practically mainstream birds study and environmental protection, which plays a vital role in sustainable development of the country.
Speaking at the opening of the training, Madam Geja Roojen , the partnership and capacity development coordinator for Birdlife in Africa based in Senegal, emphasised the importance of strong partners in conservation projects. She highlighted some of the gains of Bird Life International, which strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity.
According to her, Bird Life International has 22 partners in Africa through national Bird Life organisations.
Lamin Jobate, Executive Director, WABSA, said that Birdlife International assisted WABSA for staff appraisals and developed its final five-year strategy and action plan. He said they’re also helping in the building of a website for WABSA.