|The Africa Wattled Crane Program
The Africa Wattled Crane Program (AWAC) is a partnership between the International Crane Foundation, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and individuals, institutions, working groups, and conservation projects connected to the eleven sub-Saharan countries where Wattled Cranes are known to occur. Those countries include Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. AWAC is managed by a thirteen-member steering committee, composed of a representative from the International Crane Foundation, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and each of the eleven partner countries. Dr. Richard Beilfuss, ICF Africa Program Director, serves as AWAC Chairperson and Program Manager and is responsible for the development and coordination of program activities, with special emphasis on the supervision of AWAC field projects and the implementation of strategies to meet AWAC research, management, and education/awareness goals. Mrs. Lindy Rodwell, EWT Africa Programme Coordinator, serves as AWAC Networking Coordinator and is responsible for expanding and maintaining the network of individuals and organizations that form this partnership and facilitating cross-cultural exchange among members, with special emphasis on guiding the human resource aspects of the programme and the implementation of strategies to meet AWAC capacity building goals. The Program Manager and Networking Coordinator are conceived of as permanent positions to maintain long-term continuity in program development. The AWAC Chair, who is responsible for the overall functioning of the program including conflict resolution, is held for two years, with a new Chair to be elected from among the program steering committee members by 2005. AWAC Steering committee members for each of the partner countries are elected bi-annually by a majority vote of the crane working group members in their respective countries.
Funding and in-kind support has been generously provided by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund, the Whitley Laing Foundation, Maurice Laing Foundation, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the World Bank Global Environmental Facility, the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, the Mava Foundation, the International Crane Foundation, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, and the South African Crane Working Group.