Recovering Turkey’s First Tracked Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus in Iraq

Under the umbrella of protection carried out by Nature Iraq, we conducted an expedition to find a Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) which was fitted with a satellite transmitter by KuzeyDoga (, an environmental organization in eastern Turkey. Egyptian vultures have been classified as globally Endangered (EN) according to the IUCN Red List (2012), this is the first time Egyptian vultures in Turkey are being tracked.

Controversial Ilisu Dam on Hasankeyf halted by Turkish court

9 January 2012, Istanbul - The Turkish State Council ruled on January 7 in favour of the legal case filed by the Chamber of Architects and Engineers (TMMOB) against the construction of the Ilisu dam project, ordering an immediate halt to the controversial dam construction in southeast Turkey.

The Council of State concluded that the Ilisu dam construction on the Tigris River, proceeding without the legally required Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), goes against Turkish Environment law and EIA regulations.

Major new steppe reserve in Kazakhstan

Steppe between Astana and Arkalky. Photo: Geoff & Hilary Welch
On November 28, the Government of Kazakhstan announced the designation of the new Altyn Dala State Nature Reserve, protecting almost 500,000 hectares of steppe grassland, semi-desert and wetland in central Kazakhstan. This is in addition to a proposed 410,000 ha extension of the Irgiz-Torgai State Nature Reserve and adds a significant piece to the jigsaw of creating an effective network of protected areas in the Altyn Dala ('Golden Steppe') project area.

Free field guides for Central Asia

Atamurat Veyisov (OSME Country Contact) and Mark Day (RSPB). Photo: Stephanie Ward (RSPB)
The recent publication of the long awaited Helm field guide Birds of Central Asia by Raffael Aye, Manuel Schweizer and Tobias Roth, heralds the start of a new era of birdwatching in this fascinating region. For the first time, all of the species, together with illustrations and distribution maps, are presented in a single volume that it is practical to use in the field. Through OSME Chairman, Geoff Welch, the publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing, have . . .