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.
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
gerriehorn[at]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
|firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. 051 447 9609
rick.nuttall.bfn[at]gmail.com Tel. 051 447 9609
|Gauteng and North West||Mr André Marx (BirdLife Northern Gauteng) Vetting||turaco[at]telkomsa.net Tel. 083 411 7674|
Mr Colin Summersgill (BirdLife Midlands) Vetting
Mr Ian Gordon (BirdLife midalnds) Coordination
|c.summersgill[at]gmail.com Tel. 083 782 5113
iangavingordon[at]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[at]mindsmail.co.za Tel. 082 200 5277
edenroutes[at]telkomsa.net Tel. 082 415 5250
Mr Duncan Mckenzie (Birdlife Lowveld) Vetting and coordination
|drmckenzie[at]cybersmart.co.za Tel. 079 530 7873
Dr Doug Harebottle Vetting
|orfs.nc[at]gmail.com Tel. 079 491 1366|
|Swaziland||Prof. Ara Monadjem (University of Swaziland) Vetting and coordination||aramonadjem[at]gmail.com Tel. (+268) 518 4011|
Mr Andrew de Bloqc Vetting
|wc.sa.birdmap[at]gmail.com Tel. 079 480 0021|
|Botswana||Mr Chris Brewster (BirdLife Botswana Rarities Committee) Vetting||cbandog[at]gmail.com Tel. +267 261 9272 (h)|
|Namibia||Mr Holger Kolberg (Namibia Bird Club) Vetting and coordination||holgerk[at]mweb.com.naTel. +264 811295163 (cell)|
|Mozambique||Mr Etienne Marais Vetting||etienne[at]birding.co.za Tel. 082 8986998|
|Zimbabwe||Mr Ian Riddell (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Vetting
Ms Julia Pierini (BirdLife Zimbabwe) Coordination and training
|raczimsabap2[at]gmail.com Tel. +263 772 117054 (cell)
pierinijulia[at]gmail.com Tel. +263 772 894562 (cell)
|Malawi||Mr. Bob Medland Vetting||hirundo.bm[at]gmail.com|
|Zambia||Mr Andrew Hester Vetting||andrew.w.hester[at]gmail.com|