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A new indicator of houbara breeding in its natural areas was observed in Jordan

Date : 02/07/2017

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Within the initiative of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed

for the reintroduction of houbara

A new indicator of houbara breeding in its natural areas was observed in Jordan

The International Fund Houbara Conservation: Current production levels lead to the sustainability of houbara species in Asia and North Africa

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Abu Dhabi 02July 2017: The field teams of the Royal Jordanian Society for Nature Conservation have identified a new indicator of the natural reproduction of houbaras, that were released in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan under the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation in which 1,300 houbara, bred in captivity, have been released in 2014, 2015 and 2017 in different parts of the traditional habitat of the houbara in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Two chicks have recently been observed in western Jordan, in the same year, a nest of houbara was spotted in Wadi Rum, and field teams spotted another houbara nest in eastern Jordan last year. These observations are often made between the limited numbers of Houbara equipped with satellite and radio tracking devices which constitute a good indicator of the successful adaptation of these birds and their potential for re-introduction in areas from which they have disappeared in the past.

Mr. Mohamed Saleh Al Baidani, Director General of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation, said that following the regulations, models and protocols developed by the International Fund for Houbara Conservation in its various centers for breeding, and preparing birds to adapt to life in the wild,  the birds produced by the IFHC breeding centers in Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan and the Kingdom of Morocco adapt to wildlife and contribute to the re-introduction of  vulnerable species increasing thereby their populations in different parts of the international habitat of houbara. The proper choice of areas and dates of release and coordination with the authorities and communities to protect birds, preserve their natural habitats and improve the environment to encourage the distribution of birds, nutrition and breeding. Today, these efforts come to bear the proportion of birds that survived during the first year to 57-80%.

In light of these successive indicators of the success of wild birds in natural reproduction, the current production of our centers in the UAE, Morocco and Kazakhstan has resulted in 53,000 houbara annually, and in the sustainability of Asian and North African houbara in their natural range in Asia and North Africa.

It is worth mentioning that this project is being implemented in the framework of a joint cooperation agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the establishment of viable population of Houbara in their natural sites in the Kingdom of Jordan. The agreement provided basically for the carrying out of specialized research to assess the program’s success, development of legislations and plans for houbara conservation in their release areas, implementation of programs for raising awareness of local communities located around the release sites, implementation of the program and provision of specialized skills needed for local personnel.

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About the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature

The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature was established in 1966 as a voluntary non-governmental organization. Upon its establishment, His Majesty the late King Hussein was its Honorary President. The Jordanian government has mandated the Society to protect wildlife and biodiversity in all regions of the Kingdom. The Association is one of the first institutions to enjoy this mandate not only in the Middle East but also globally. The Society has gained worldwide recognition for its leadership in integrating nature protection programs with socio-economic development.

 

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