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Habitat Restoration Africa

Habitat restoration along flyways

The effects of climate change and increasing pressure from human activities are the main causes of land degradation, desertification and the associated alteration of intact habitats. The unsustainable use of natural resources such as deforestation or overgrazing by livestock exacerbates poverty and poses a major threat to biodiversity, including communities of migratory and breeding birds. The Swiss Ornithological Institute is actively committed to habitat enhancement along migration routes.

Domain Conservation
Unit Species Recovery
Topic Species Recovery, Habitat Promotion
Habitat farmland, rocky terrain, wetlands, rivers & streams, semi-open farmland, alpine habitats, wasteland, settlements, forest, meadows and pastures
Project start 2020
Project status ongoing
Project management Alain Jacot
Project region Africa


Project objectives

The Swiss Ornithological Institute focusses on habitat enhancement that benefits both the local population and biodiversity. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the UN form an important basis for promoting a project.


Current projects that we are supporting are in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso and in the Guinean forests of the Ivory Coast. Further projects in the wintering areas of European long-distance migrants in Africa are being planned.

Project partner(s)


Species concerned

Alpine Swift
Tree Pipit
Western Bonelli’s Warbler
European Bee-eater
European Roller
Blue-cheeked Bee-eater
Tawny Pipit
Blyth’s Reed-warbler
Booted Warbler
Common Whitethroat
Great Reed-warbler
Pallid Swift
Paddyfield Warbler
Common Grasshopper-warbler
Eurasian Crag Martin
Willow Warbler
Garden Warbler
Common Redstart
Grey Wagtail
Icterine Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Great Spotted Cuckoo
Semi-collared Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin
Iberian Chiffchaff
Isabelline Shrike
Lesser Whitethroat
Common Cuckoo
Greater Short-toed Lark
Common Swift
Black-eared Wheatear
Eurasian Blackcap
Common Nightingale
Red-backed Shrike
Western Orphean Warbler
Melodious Warbler
Ortolan Bunting
Savi’s Warbler
Red-rumped Swallow
Red-throated Pipit
Woodchat Shrike
Western Yellow Wagtail
Sedge Warbler
River Warbler
Lesser Grey Shrike
Barred Warbler
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush
Marsh Warbler
Common Reed-warbler
European Pied Flycatcher
European Turtle-dove
Collared Sand Martin
Common Quail
Wood Warbler
Subalpine Warbler
Eurasian Wryneck
Common Hoopoe
European Nightjar
Common Chiffchaff
Citrine Wagtail
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Species Recovery

Wildlife conservation coordinates the development, improvement and dissemination of measures in favour of priority bird species that cannot be helped by habitat protection alone. Together with BirdLife Switzerland and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the department also coordinates the “Species Recovery for Swiss Birds” programme.

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