Richard Porter becomes a Birdlife Member of Honour

At the recent Birdlife International World Congress held recently in Ottawa, Canada, Richard Porter was made a BirdLife Member of Honour for his work in Yemen and Iraq. The award was presented by HIH Princess Takamado, BirdLife’s Honorary President. It was noted that:

In various roles, including Head of BirdLife’s Middle East Division, Richard Porter, BirdLife’s Middle East Advisor, has worked tirelessly for conservation in the region, perhaps most notably on the island of Socotra, Yemen, and most recently in Iraq, where he has supported capacity development, and helped build the data resources from which the country’s potential protected areas have been identified.

Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds - 2013 round now open

OSME has received information on the 2013 round of the Birdfair/RSPB Research Fund for Endangered Birds – the closing date for applications is 31 October, 2013.

These grants of up to US$2,000 are to support research work on birds listed by BirdLife/IUCN as Endangered, Critically Endangered or Data Deficient. Further details and an application form can be found at

OSME Vice-President Azzam Alwash receives the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize

Azzam Alwash of Nature Iraq (image: Goldman Prize)
The Goldman Environmental Foundation has announced the six recipients of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, a group of fearless leaders working against all odds to protect the environment and their communities. Amongst this year’s winners is Azzam Alwash, founder and former CEO of Nature Iraq, BirdLife’s Partner in the country. OSME is proud that one of its serving Vice-Presidents has been recognised in this way.

Dr Jepson has created a short questionnaire linked to a mapping interface on the Ushahdi platform.