Holger’s (1963) father was one of the founding members of the Namibia Bird Club so he has been involved in birding for all his life. Holger studied at the University of Cape Town and the University of Kent and was employed by the Namibian Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism in February 1992, originally as wetland biologist. In 2004 Holger took over the position of ornithologist, a position he still holds to date. Holger’s responsibilities as Senior Conservation Scientist include coordination of the African Waterbird Census in Namibia, coordinating the bird mapping project (SABAP2) and bird ringing (SAFRING). He is also the scientific and technical focal point for the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) in Namibia. Holger forms the link between MEFT and this project. He will be very important before the fieldwork as coordinator of the bird ringing and waterbird surveys in Namibia. He will also play an important role obtaining the necessary permits and participate in most of the fieldwork. He will play an important role in the reporting phase and will ensure that the project delivers the right information for the Damara Tern Species Action Plan.