OSME has received news that Arend Wassink, author of The Birds of Kazakhstan, 2007, has developed a new website
If you wish to contact Arend, please visit his website or email him at a.wassink(AT)

Arend writes:

The site will be updated continuously with new data from literature, scientific reports, trip reports etc. and additional photographs and sound recordings will be added.

Green Music & Arts Festival

Nature Iraq and Development Now are pleased to announce the inaugural Green Music and Arts Festival, to be held in Sulaimani’s Azadi Park on April 20th, the Friday before Earth Day. The first event of its kind held in Iraq, the Festival will celebrate the beauty of nature, the unique landscape of this corner of the world, and the people and organizations who are devoted to protecting the environment through the arts and education.

Latest from Nature Iraq

The following news has been received from Nature Iraq.

Threat Assessment of Lesser Zaab River

On February 2, Nabil Musa started a threat assessment of the Lesser Zaab a tributary of the Tigris. a project partly funded by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation. The aim is to develop action plans for addressing the important problems on the river including fuel spills, municipal sewage works, dams, water extraction.

NI Uses Art to Raise Environmental Awareness