Sultanate of Oman hosts an International Conference on Migratory Shorebirds

An International Conference, ‘Oman as a gravitational centre in the global flyway network of migratory shorebirds’ was recently organised by the Centre for Environmental Studies and Research (CESAR) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Sultanate of Oman, under the auspices of Dr Khalifa al Jabri, Member of the Majlis Addawla. The three-day conference was organised in association with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), the Ministry of Environmental and Climate Affairs, Shell Development Oman, and the Centre for Field Research on the Environment, Diwan of Royal Court.

Abolghasem Khaleghizadeh, Editor of PODOCES, has recently circulated three papers on rare birds in Iran. Two of these cover the period 1860-1970:

Scott D.A. 2008. Rare birds in Iran in the late 1960s and 1970s. Podoces 3(1/2): 1–30.

Roselaar C.S. & Aliabadian M. 2009. Review of rare birds in Iran, 1860s–1960s. Podoces 4(1): 1–27.

The latest covers the period 1980 – 2010.

Khaleghizadeh A. et al. 2011. Rare Birds in Iran in 1980-2010. Podoces 6(1): 1–48

Upper Akkar... One of the Middle East’s Major Spots for Witnessing an Amazing Spectacle of Soaring Bird Migration!

The African Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway, on which the mountains of Lebanon lie as a ‘bottleneck’, is one of the most significant flyways for migratory soaring birds (MSBs) in the world. Over 1 million soaring birds, many globally threatened, use this corridor between their breeding grounds in Europe and Asia, and wintering areas in Africa each spring and autumn.

Wildlife rangers to be trained in anti-smuggling skills

The following article appeared in the newspaper Gulf News on September 16, 2011. While the wild bird trade is not specifically mentioned, officials in the Omani Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs are well aware of the problems and no doubt have ensured that the issue is included on the course.

Muscat: 16 September
Wildlife rangers to be trained in anti-smuggling skills

Poachers continue to prey on Sultanate's diverse wildlife

Experts reach agreements on mainstreaming migratory soaring birds’ conservation into the hunting sector in the Rift Valley/Red Sea region.

BirdLife International and its Partners concluded a productive three day regional workshop which brought together representatives from governments and NGOs on mainstreaming the conservation of migratory soaring birds (MSBs) into the hunting sector along the Rift Valley / Red Sea flyway.

Major achievements accomplished include a Regional Declaration on hunting, guidelines for mainstreaming MSBs considerations into the hunting sector and a five year Regional Action Plan.