Summary Report of Rapid Survey conducted on the Impact of Energy Infrastructure on Migratory Soaring and other Birds in Eastern and Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Summary Report of Rapid Survey conducted on the Impact of Energy Infrastructure on Migratory Soaring and other Birds in Eastern and Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

The Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway is the second most important flyway for Migratory Soaring Birds (MSBs).These birds have significant environmental, economic and social importance. For instance, vultures remove decaying carcasses from the environment, hence, they prevent spread of diseases. Along the flyway, MSBs are, however, facing many and lethal risks emanating from human activities such as agriculture, energy, hunting, tourism and waste management sectors. The Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS) through MSB II Project funded by GEF/UNDP and implemented by BirdLife International aims to promote integration of conservation considerations of MSBs into the energy sector through a collaborative approach with key stakeholders. The following rapid assessment is undertaken to indicate recent status of accidents related to energy sector along the project implementation zone.

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