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Mohamed bin Zayed establishes Raptor Conservation Foundation

A new foundation for the conservation of raptors (birds of prey) has been established by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, it has been announced. The Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Raptor Conservation Foundation has been launched with an endowment of US$20 million. Its first …

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The “Summit for the Flyways” conference on bird migration and conservation

The ‘Summit for the Flyways’ conference on bird migration and conservation, organized by BirdLife International and hosted by the Abu Dhabi-based International Fund for Houbara Conservation, IFHC, began three days of discussions here today. Assad Serhal, Director General of Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, SPNL (BirdLife Partner in Lebanon) participated in the summit. Migratory birds don’t have an easy …

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Many bird species declining in numbers: BirdLife International

Many of the world’s best-known bird species are now at risk of extinction, according to the State of the World’s Birds, a report issued today by the international conservation organisation, BirdLife International. The report shows that many of the world’s 11,000 bird species are in dire straits. At least 40 per cent of these species are declining in numbers and …

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The houbara “an iconic species,” conservationists told

The houbara bustard is “an iconic species at the heart of our culture,” according to Majid Ali Al Mansouri, the managing director of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, IFHC. The link between falconry and the houbara is, he added, “deeply embedded in our culture.” Addressing a dinner this evening to mark the formal opening of the ‘Summit for the …

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Year of the Bird 2018: Take Action in April Learn More About the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), signed into law in 1918, is among the oldest wildlife protection laws on the books. Its creation was one of the National Audubon Society’s first major victories, and in the years since its enactment, the MBTA has saved millions, if not billions, of birds. But despite its importance in the history of the conservation …

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Shoot photos don’t shoot birds: A slogan practiced by President’s special advisor Claudine Aoun Roukoz

A video wire taken by Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, the Special Advisor to His Excellency General Michel Aoun President of Lebanon. The video reflects her passion and support to the cause of saving birds from illegal killing, and her efforts to encourage birdwatching and photography, especially during breeding season that just started lead by her as a role model. SPNL …

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The Silence of the Leaders

By Gui-Xi Young A ‘Silence of the Lambs’-inspired demonstration organised by BirdLife in Brussels last Friday saw 133 European NGOs demand more money for the EU to protect biodiversity. With nature conservation glaringly absent from the discussions on the future of Europe, civil society called on those gathered to break the ‘Silence of the Leaders’. It’s been almost 30 years since …

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Open letter: give our birds safe passage over Lebanon this spring

With the spring migration just a few weeks away, conservation groups the world over have come together in support of an open letter to the President of Lebanon. Croatian conservationists call for the President to honour his promise for stricter enforcement of hunting laws. By Jessica Law Last May, bird lovers were entranced by the story of Klepetan, a lovestruck White Stork Ciconia ciconia who, …

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Joint Appeal of 52 organizations from 28 countries to the President of Lebanon

A group of 52 Lebanese and European Environmental NGOs and International BirdLife partners from 28 countries have signed an open letter asking President Michel Aoun to enforce the Peace Treaty between Man and Birds in Lebanon that he announced in April 2017. We ask that Law 580/2004 (hunting law) is enforced during the spring 2018 migration and at all times. We ask that shooting at protected species will …

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Please Mr. President Aoun make the sky over Lebanon safe for migratory birds!

Just a few days before the start of the spring bird migration over Your country, 52 signatories from 28 countries – mostly leading non-governmental organisations in the field of bird protection in their respective countries in Europe – are sending, President of Lebanon, his Excellency General Michel Aoun, their joint appeal in the attached letter, all hoping that, starting this …

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