Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2

South Africa, eSwatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi

a member of the African Bird Atlas Project

Regional Atlas Committees (RACs)

Thirteen Regional Atlas Committees (RACs) have been set up for SABAP2, eight in South Africa (including Lesotho), which operate on a provincial level, and one each in Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

They have two defined roles:

To ensure quality of data for SABAP2

Data quality is important for the project as we want to ensure that the records that finally get used in the production of the atlas are as accurate as possible. The RACs primary responsibility, therefore, involves the vetting (verification) of any out-of-range records that get flagged during the submission process.

The committees are made up of a small team (usually 4-5 people) of selected experts, with a nominated chairperson, who have an intimate knowledge of the region's birds and who therefore have the ability to assess and adjudicate any rare or out-of-range sightings that are recorded as part of the atlas.

To coordinate atlasing efforts in each region and to fill gaps in the coverage

Getting the best possible coverage is going to be hugely beneficial to the way in which the data will be interpreted. The better the coverage the better our analyses will be and the better the conservation outcomes of the project.

RACs, in conjunction with bird clubs, will play a pivitol role in trying, as much s possible, to promote the atlas as far and as wide as possible in each province and coordinating activities (e.g. atlas days, workshops) to assist atlasers with field protocols, data submission and identification of gap areas.

RAC contact details 

Below is a list of the relevant chairpersons for the thirteen RACs. Should you have any queries regarding an out-of-range record or would like to discuss an atlasing related issue in your region please contact the project and we will put you in touch with them.

Province/Country Chairperson(s)
Eastern Cape Mr Jeff Curnick)Vetting
Mr Gerrie Horn (Birdlife Eastern Cape)
Free State and Lesotho Mr Dawie De Swardt (BirdLife Free State) Vetting
Mr Rick Nuttall (BirdLife Free State) Coordination and training
Gauteng and North West Mr André Marx (BirdLife Northern Gauteng) Vetting
KwaZulu-Natal Mr Colin Summersgill (BirdLife Midlands) Vetting
Mr Ian Gordon (BirdLife Midlands) Coordination and Training
Limpopo Prof. Derek Engelbrecht (University of Limpopo) Vetting
Mr Joe Grosel (Polokwane Bird Club) Coordination and training
Mpumalanga Mr Duncan Mckenzie (Birdlife Lowveld) Vetting and coordination
Mr Peter Lawson (Birdlife Lowveld) Vetting and coordination
Northern Cape Dr Doug Harebottle  Vetting 
Mr Vincent Parker Vetting 
Eswatini Prof. Ara Monadjem (University of Eswatini) Vetting and coordination
Western Cape Mr David Winter Vetting
Dr Garret Skead Vetting
Botswana Mr Chris Brewster (BirdLife Botswana) Vetting
Namibia Mr Holger Kolberg (Namibia Bird Club) Vetting and coordination
Mozambique Mr Etienne Marais Vetting
Zimbabwe Mr Ian Riddell (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Vetting
Ms Julia Pierini (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Coordination and training
Malawi Mr. Bob Medland  Vetting
Zambia Mr. Andrew Hester  Coordination & Vetting - western Zambia
Mr Carl Beel  Vetting - eastern Zambia



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