Two of the Leica Trinovid binoculars have been handed over to wildlife managers in the Republic of Chad, a landlocked country in north-central Africa, which is of vital importance for migratory waterbirds due to its diverse and expansive wetland ecosystems. Famous wetlands such as Lake Chad and the floodplains of the Chari and Logone rivers, provide critical breeding, wintering, and stopover habitats for numerous species of migratory waterbirds, including for the Northern Pintail and the Great White Pelican, both of which are protected under the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA).

Mr. Abakar Saleh Wachoum, International Waterbird Count Coordinator at the Chadian Direction de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (DFAP) using one of the two new high-precision Leica Trinovid 10×42 binoculars donated to DFAP to support waterbird monitoring work in Chad as part of the AEWA – LEICA Camera AG Cooperation Agreement / Photo: TourduValat-OFB/Birard-Deschamps-Defos du Rau.

Chad’s strategic location along key migratory routes makes it an essential refuge for birds traveling between Eurasia, and other parts of Africa, underscoring its significance in global biodiversity conservation efforts.

In Chad, the protection of the environment and management of wildlife is overseen by the Direction de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (DFAP). The agency is responsible for developing and implementing policies, strategies, and action plans aimed at preserving the nation’s rich natural heritage. DFAP manages the country’s national parks, wildlife reserves, and biosphere reserves, working closely with local communities and relevant departments to ensure sustainable practices.

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), an example of one of the 255 waterbird species protected under AEWA occurring in Chad. Photo: Sergey Dereliev

As part of its portfolio, the agency is also responsible for coordinating the annual International Waterbird Census in the country, which takes place in January each year and is one of the largest and longest-running biodiversity monitoring programmes in the world. DFAP is also the national agency that ensures compliance with national and international regulations, treaties, and Conventions related to wildlife and environmental conservation.

“The two new Leica binoculars will be a game-changer for our conservation and monitoring efforts. These state-of-the-art binoculars will provide wildlife rangers and researchers in Chad with enhanced capabilities to monitor and study the diverse bird populations in our country more effectively,” says Abakar Saleh Wachoum, International Waterbird Census Coordinator at the Chadian Direction de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (DFAP).

The Leica binoculars will enable more precise observations of migratory waterbirds and other wildlife, aiding in the protection of critical habitats and contributing to the ongoing efforts to preserve Chad’s biodiversity.

“With these advanced tools, our team will continue to improve its management and monitoring practices, which will help to ensure the survival and thriving of migratory waterbirds and other wildlife in our country,” says Saleh Wachoum.

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