The objectives of the Logone 1993 project of WIWO and Ecole de Faune were:
This report concerns methods, results and conclusions of the first two objectives. It discusses the significance of the Logone floodplains and the Lake Chad area for wintering Palearctic waders and waterbirds, as well as Afro-tropical species.
- Providing basic data on waterfowl and migratory wader and waterbirds of the Logone floodplains and the Lake Chad area in North-Cameroun, in the context of the yearly IWRB mid-winter counts of tropical and sub-Sahara wetland areas.
- Gathering relevant data on bird numbers and distribution for priority of conservation and protection measures in North-Cameroun.
- Providing relevant data on the Zero-situation of wader and waterfowl numbers, before large scale floodplain restoration initiatives become implemented in the Waza Logone floodplain area.
- In-field training of staff members of the Ecole the Faune, Garoua, into methods of bird counts and monitoring.
- Initiating yearly counts of waders and waterbirds by staff and students of "Ecole de Faune", by organising yearly counts by students and staff of the "Ecole de Faune", being an integrated part of the fieldwork in the wetland course of this institute.
- Forming an expertise-pool, especially at the "Ecole de Faune" to be used for the yearly IWRB mid-winter counts in tropical and sub-Sahara Africa in subsequent years.
The study has established the importance of the Logone floodplain as a major site for wintering and resident waders and waterbirds in the Chad-basin. Estimates as well as the actual observed numbers of birds exceed those of previous studies. Furthermore it appeared that Lake Chad is recovering as a major wintering site for palearctic waders and waterbirds. However both for the Logone floodplain as for Lake Chad, these one year data give not yet reason for a definite review of the ornithological importance of these areas.
The report contains:
- Introduction, area description and methodology
- Results and comparison with previous studies
- Discussion on methodology
- Extensive appendices on field results