Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco

Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation - Missour / Enjil

The Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation (ECWP) , in Missour in the Kingdom of Morocco, was inaugurated in 1995. The Centre runs a special programme of North African Houbara breeding for release in range areas in the Kingdom of Morocco and other North African countries. A second breeding centre was opened in the Enjil area near Missour in 2006.

The EWCP is responsible for managing large protected areas with a view to resettling Houbara, increasing its numbers and restoring its natural habitat. In 2001, the Centre succeeded in cooperating with the Moroccan authorities to establish a permanent reserve where hunting Houbara is prohibited.

In addition to its activities in breeding, resettling, and protecting the Houbara’s natural habitat, EWCP carries out various public awareness activities related to the Houbara through a series of field visits. The Centre's specialists also provide local and international conferences and workshops to introduce the value of preserving Houbara and how to restore wild numbers.

Important Milestones in the Conservation of North African Houbara:

1995 Construction of the Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation in the region of Missour in Kingdom of Morocco.

1996 Establishment of a protected area under the management of ECWP.

1997 Missour Centre becomes fully operational.

1998 The first release of two male Houbara from the centre into the wild.

2001 Establishment of a new reserve on an area of 16 thousand square kilometres.    




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