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NATURE CONSERVATION EGYPT(NCE)

LAKE QARUN IBA THREATENED BY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT

Cairo, May 11, 2011--The Amer Group, the Egyptian real estate developer responsible for Porto Marina and Porto Sokhna, massive tourism developments along Egypt’s North and Ain Sokhna coasts, plans to build “Porto Fayoum” on 650 acres in the Lake Qarun Protected area near Fayoum Oasis.

Hunting of migrant birds

There have been a number of recent reports of indiscriminate hunting of migrant birds passing through the Middle East, ranging from White Storks and White Pelicans to small warblers such as Blackcaps. Regrettably this happens both on spring and autumn migration. The vast majority of such hunting is not for food – as it may have been in a less prosperous past. These reports have appeared on internet forums and in newspapers – for example an article entitled ‘Massacre of tens of migrating storks’ published in the Lebanese newspapers AlAnwar (19 April) and AsSafir (23 April).

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