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Climate change adaptation – BirdLife news from Doha

As climate change talks continue in Doha, Qatar at the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it is increasingly clear that even if the highest ambitions to mitigate climate change are realised (and at the moment these commitments continue to fall far short of what is needed), the world will have …

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COP18/CMP8 President debate highlights The Hima system

The fifth day of COP18/CMP8 saw engagement from the host country’s top leaders with observer organisations and members of the press, while delegates prepared for a weekend full of events. As part of Qatar’s commitment to hosting an open, transparent, and inclusive process, the President of the conference, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, along with other top figures from the host …

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Community conservation methods go back to the future

A centuries old method of conservation is being revived in Qatar and other parts of the Islamic world. At the fifth Hikma session at COP18/CMP8, participants from countries such as Lebanon, Morocco, Bahrain and Egypt explained how the ancient principle of Hima was being reintroduced. The session was moderated by SPNL director general Assad Serhal, a Birdlife special envoy to the …

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Aanjar celebrates the Secrets of Birds Migration and Forests of Hope

The ruins of Anjar reveal a very regular layout, reminiscent of the palace-cities of ancient times, and are a unique testimony to city planning under the Umayyads

 Secrets of Birds Migration and Forests of Hope Festival – Aanjar On Saturday October 6, a day full of environmental activities attracted more than 150 students aged between 8 and 12 from Aanjar and its neighboring villages under the theme of “The Secrets of Bird Migration and Forests of Hope”. Aanjar’s festival allowed students and attendees to collect firsthand information …

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BirdLife International to spread its wings as it opens an office in Doha

For an almost entirely desert country, with no natural surface water and no forests, Qatar is home to 280 species of bird. Many of these call Qatar home for only a few days, weeks, or months a year, as they stop on their migratory paths. Keen birdwatchers can spot everything from Hoopoes and Common Chiffchaffs, which are a type of …

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Jeju Declaration adopted to promote Hima

Top delegates of the 2012 World Conservation Congress pose after signing the Jeju Declaration during the closing ceremony on the 10th day of the environmental conference in Jeju Island. Starting from the left, they are Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Woo Keun-min, the Minister of Environment Yoo Young-sook, the Chairman of the organizing committee Lee Hong-koo, and the president …

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The Power of a Local Tradition: Hima

Almost 1,500 years before modern conservation research arrived at the same idea, a tradition originating from the Arabian Peninsula realised the importance of community involvement when preserving natural areas and managing natural resources. Essential practice for human survival in Arabian climes, the hima was a traditional sustainable protected area system that went further than being a strategy to conserve biodiversity: …

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Regional workshop on the “Hybrid” HIMA approach to community based resource management

The regional workshop on the “Hybrid HIMA approach to community based resource management” took place in Istanbul, Turkey from the 14th to the 16th April 2011. The Hybrid Hima is a community-based approach to managing the natural and human resources that utilizes traditional knowledge and modern-day innovation. Hima is a traditional system of land management and customary practices that can …

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