About The Pan-African Ornithological Congress (PAOC)

1. HOST ORGANISATION

PAOC15 will be hosted by Birdlife Zimbabwe.

Birdlife Zimbabwe (BLZ) is a locally based, not for profit, Nature Conservation Organisation promoting the survival of birds and biodiversity in Zimbabwe for both their intrinsic value and for the enjoyment of future generations.

SUMMARY OF BIRDLIFE ZIMBABWE’S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES:

Pillar 1 – Save Species

  • Prevent extinctions
  • Keep common birds common

Pillar 2 – Conserve Sites and Habitats

  • Identify, conserve, restore and monitor sites and habitats important for birds and other biodiversity.
  • Promote resilient ecological networks

Pillar 3 – Encourage Ecological Sustainability

  • Demonstrate and advocate nature’s values
  • Promote policies that support sustainability

Pillar 4 – Empower People for Positive Change

  • Catalyse support for nature
  • Promote local conservation action
  • Strengthen the global BirdLife Partnership

2. VENUE

PAOC15 will be held at Elephant Hills Conference Centre, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

3. LOCATION – VICTORIA FALLS – https://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/index.html

Victoria Falls is an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) within the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) which comprises Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia. Victoria Falls boasts a checklist of more than three hundred species including Taita Falcon, Rock Pratincole, Hartlaub’s Babbler, African Finfoot, Pel’s Fishing Owl and many others. Please click HERE for the checklist.

4. STRUCTURE OF THE CONGRESS

Sunday 15 November from 1400 hours Registration
Monday 16 November Registration, Opening and Formal presentations
Tuesday 17 November Formal presentations
Wednesday 18 November Mid-Congress Excursion Day
Thursday 19 November Formal presentations
Friday 20 November              Formal presentations and Farewell Boma Dinner

5. REGISTRATION

Registration fees include:

  • Entrance to all congress sessions.
  • Printed booklet with Programme.
  • Daily lunch and refreshments.
  • Conference bag except for day delegates who may select to have one.
  • Transport to and from Victoria Falls Airport except for day delegates for whom this service an optional extra.
  • Farewell Boma dinner except for day delegates who need to book and pay online for this.
  • Mid-Congress Excursion day activities except for day delegates who need to book and pay online for this.

Registration fees are as follows and Prices are in USD: (Excluding Accommodation)

Regular Rate US$ 550
Early Bird Rate (Before 31 March 2020) US$ 480
Student Rate US$ 350
Daily Rate
Daily Rate Student

In order to register, delegates will need to accept the Terms and Conditions before filling out the Registration Form and submitting it to info@paoc15.org. The Indemnity Form will need to be completed and sent to info@paoc15.org.  Full payment is required to complete the registration process.

 6. FLIGHTS AND CAR RENTAL

Delegates will need to make their own arrangements to travel to Victoria Falls. The following airlines fly to Victoria Falls:

Return transfers between Victoria Falls Airport and your hotel/lodge are included in the registration fee except for day delegates for whom this service is an optional extra. Various car hire companies are represented in Victoria Falls. For more information, visit https://www.rentalcars.com/

7. VISAS

To determine whether or not delegates need to obtain a visa, please click HERE.

8. ACCOMMODATION

A variety of accommodation options are available on a bed and breakfast basis. Please click HERE for details. Coach transfers to and from the venue daily are available and should be pre-booked. Enquire HERE or email us at info@paoc15.org

9. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN VICTORIA FALLS

Victoria Falls is rapidly becoming the “adrenaline capital” of Africa as it increases its array of activities on land, sky and water, and the Zambezi River has much to offer to visitors of all ages, fitness levels and interests. Delegates can participate in many adventurous activities on offer, besides marveling at the spectacular waterfall. Those seeking further excitement can bungee-jump over the mighty Zambezi, zip-wire or gorge-swing across its vast width, or raft down it on one of the world’s toughest stretches of white water.

Escorted bird walks in the early mornings before Congress proceedings kick off may also be booked and paid for.

There will be a desk at the congress venue where experienced agents will be available to help with bookings for activities of your choice if desired. Contact info@travelportfolio.co.zw for details.

10. PRE AND POST CONGRESS BIRD TOURS

These are at the delegates own expense and may be pre-booked and paid for online. Please click HERE for details.

11. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The organisers welcome sponsorship participation. A range of sponsorship options have been identified to provide high-value options for branding before and during the Congress. There are sponsorship options to suit every budget. Please contact the organisers for sponsorship options and branding benefits or view the Sponsorship page HERE.

12. CLIMATE

The climate in Victoria Falls in November is hot, humid and may be rainy with maximum temperatures ranging from 26 – 33 degrees C (79 – 92 degrees F) and an average minimum night time temperature of 19 degrees C (66 degrees F). Rains occur in the form of downpours or thunderstorms.

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