The BirdLife South Africa Ethics Committee (BLSAEC) was brought into being as a platform to gain ethical clearance for research projects focusing on avian research, including applications from individuals who are not affiliated with a university or other institutions. This includes scientific projects with a bird ringing component, as well as ALL projects requiring the fitting of tracking devices.
All applicants are advised to fully acquaint themselves with the requirements of SANS 10386: 2008 “The care and use of animals for scientific purposes” which is available at www.sabs.co.za. The BLSAEC will only consider a protocol if the use of animals is deemed essential and conforms to the requirements of this standard.
All relevant reports are available for download below.
All correspondence should be referred to Linda van den Heever at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other relevant documentation and references
SAFRING’s Code of Ethics forms part of the SAFRING manual and can be viewed at http://safring.adu.org.za
BirdLife South Africa’s position statement “Tracking of Birds” pdf Position Statement - Tracking of birds (268 KB)
View other BirdLife South Africa position statements here