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  (last updated 15/08/2016)


Below are the contact details 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 them directly.

Province/Country Chairperson(s) Email and Tel. No.
Eastern Cape Mr Jeff Curnick Vetting
Mr Gerrie Horn (Birdlife Eastern Cape) Coordination and training
ec_orfs@adu.org.za
gerriehorn@gmail.com Tel. 041 374 0373
Free State and Lesotho Mr Dawie De Swardt (BirdLife Free State) Vetting
Mr Rick Nuttall (BirdLife Free State) Coordination and training
dawie@nasmus.co.za Tel. 051 447 9609
ornito@nasmus.co.za   Tel. 051 447 9609
Gauteng and North West Mr André Marx (BirdLife Northern Gauteng) Vetting turaco@telkomsa.net   Tel. 083 411 7674
KwaZulu-Natal

Mr Colin Summersgill (BirdLife Midlands) Vetting

Mr Ian Gordon (BirdLife midalnds) Coordination

c.summersgill@gmail.com  Tel. 083 782 5113

iangavingordon@gmail.com Tel. 083 570 6782

Limpopo Prof. Derek Engelbrecht (University of Limpopo) Vetting
Mr Joe Grosel (Polokwane Bird Club) Coordination and training
fauna.pburg@mindsmail.co.za Tel. 082 200 5277
edenroutes@telkomsa.net Tel. 082 415 5250
Mpumalanga Mr Duncan Mckenzie (Birdlife Lowveld) Vetting and coordination drmckenzie@cybersmart.co.za  Tel. 079 530 7873
Northern Cape Mr Dawie De Swardt Vetting and coordination dawie@nasmus.co.za  Tel. 079 491 1366
Swaziland Prof. Ara Monadjem (University of Swaziland) Vetting and coordination aramonadjem@gmail.com Tel. (+268) 518 4011
Western Cape

Mr Andrew de Bloqc Vetting
Mr David Winter Vetting

wc.sa.birdmap@gmail.com Tel. 079 480 0021
Botswana Mr Chris Brewster (BirdLife Botswana Rarities Committee) Vetting cbandog@gmail.com Tel. +267 261 9272 (h)
Namibia Mr Holger Kolberg (Namibia Bird Club) Vetting and coordination holgerk@mweb.com.naTel. +264 811295163 (cell)
Mozambique Mr Etienne Marais Vetting etienne@birding.co.za Tel. 082 8986998
Zimbabwe Mr Ian Riddell (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Vetting
Ms Julia Pierini (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Coordination and training
raczimsabap2@gmail.com Tel. +263 772 117054 (cell)
pierinijulia@gmail.com  Tel. +263 772 894562 (cell)
Malawi Mr. Bob Medland  Vetting hirundo.bm@gmail.com
Zambia Mr Andrew Hester  Vetting andrew.w.hester@gmail.com


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