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IFHC CEMENTS POSITION AS THE GLOBAL LEADER IN SPECIES CONSERVATION WITH LATEST ANNUAL REPORT

Date : 15/04/2020

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Abu Dhabi-based International Fund for Houbara Conservation Fund records major achievements in breeding, ecology and research, education and international collaboration

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 April 2020 :

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) has launched its 2018-2019 Annual Report, highlighting a number of achievements and milestones from the past 12 months and reinforcing its position as the global leader in pre-emptive species conservation

The report shows the significant progress the Fund has made in key areas such as education, international collaboration, scientific research and its renowned breeding and release programme as it continues its mission to secure a sustainable future for the Houbara bustard.

Major milestones highlighted in the report include the breeding of more than 60,000 Houbara across IFHC’s four specialised facilities in Abu Dhabi, Morocco and Kazakhstan, taking the total of birds bred beyond 480,000 since the programme began. More than 285,000 birds have now been released across the species migratory range, from Morocco in the west to Mongolia in the east.

As one of the world’s largest species conservation projects, IFHC is fostering global dialogue and in the past year has initiated collaboration with Russia, Spain and India to save the vulnerable species. The Fund is now actively engaged with more than 22 countries, lending its scientific and research excellence to conservation efforts worldwide.

Domestically, IFHC amplified its engagement with the next generation of conservationists through the ‘Conservation Education: the Houbara Model’, a unique cross curricular education programme. Launched in 2018, in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), the programme was integrated into the national school curriculum in 2018. In the past 12 months, the programme has engaged more than 36,000 students in 40 schools across the emirates.

 

“The IFHC team has trained more than 150 teachers and over 300 coordinators in how to implement the programme across subjects. Additionally, in partnership with ADEK and Reneco International Wildlife Consultants launched its Emirati Talent Development and Knowledge Transfer Programme in 2019, with the goal to develop future conservationists and providing the youth with practical conservation experience and better understanding of career options in conservation.

To get your copy of the report, click the link: https://houbarafund.gov.ae/wcms/en/download.aspx?File=IFHC_English_Annual_Report_2018-2019.pdf

About International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC):

Initiated by the late Sheikh Zayed, Abu Dhabi undertook a programme to restore the endangered houbara bustard. A global conservation strategy was developed and then implemented over the past forty years with the objective of ensuring the species has a sustainable future in the wild through effective and appropriate conservation programmes and management plans. From 1995, the conservation strategy adopted, which consisted of an integrated approach combining sound ecology, protection measures in the wild, conservation breeding and reinforcement programmers. IHFC was created in 2006 to take the original programme further by managing international assets and securing partnerships across the range of the houbara that encourage sustainable practices to ensure the conservation of houbara.

The website of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation: www.houbarafund.org

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