At the 12th PAOC in September 2008 at Goudini Spa, Cape Town, raptor biologists and enthusiasts from the African continent resolved to form an African Raptor Network (ARN) with the principal aim of exchanging information about raptor biology and conservation issues across the continent and the western Indian Ocean islands.
The specific objectives of the ARN will be to:
1) Develop and maintain a website on which current news about African raptor research and conservation will be posted (Munir Virani, The Peregrine Fund and NMK).
2) Develop and maintain (by invitation) an internet discussion list server called African Raptors (Neil Baker)
3) Publish via email two newsletters that highlight and report on raptor projects in Africa, recent published literature pertaining to African raptor biology, and interesting anecdotes that showcase the plight of African raptors (Pete Hancock)
4) Agree upon and adopt an African Red Data Raptor List developed by Mwangi et al. This will then be evaluated and updated every four years (or earlier) based on available findings.
5) Encourage and promote raptor biology graduate studies and publications (both popular and scientific) particularly within the Afro-tropical region.