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IFHC Champions Sustainability at the International Falconry Festival

Date : 10/12/2014

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IFHC Champions Sustainability at the International Falconry Festival

IFHC Raises Up the Houbara with Education and Awareness Activities

Abu Dhabi, 10December 2014:TheInternational Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)will participate at the ThirdInternational Falconry Festival (IFF), a gathering of hundreds of falconers, exhibitors and performers from around the world. Appearing at the Al Forsan International Sports Resort from December 11 to December 13, IFHC will put its holistic conservation programme on displayin order to educate the global falconry community on the importance of reviving the Houbara bustard to sustainable numbers.

Taking stock of IFHC’s thirdappearance at IFF, Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani, Director General of IFHC, said, “For any conservation programme to succeed, its efforts need to be in tune with culture, not at odds with it. Events such as the International Falconry Festival allow us to show visitors that the preservation of falconry and the protection of the Houbara are two sides of the same coin; one cannot thrive without the other. It is only through communicating this message that we have managed to raise the Houbara from an endangered species.”

Now the world’s largest conservation programme, IFHC has bred more than 206,000 Houbara since 1996 and released more than 140,000 into the wild since 1998, marrying its rigorous scientific program with education and awareness-raising initiatives.

“Future generations deserve a chance to experience our heritage as the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan imagined it, but that legacy will never see the light of day if we do not understand where we come from and what we may leave behind if we do not change our behaviour today,” Mohammed Saleh added.

During the International Falconry Festival, IFHC will guide visitors through IFHC’s breeding and release programmes across its four centres in the UAE, the Kingdom of Morocco, and Kazakhstan, and highlight what more can be done to bring the Houbara bustard back to being.

IFHC’s stand will also cater to children with a host of activities. Every day, IFHC will hold egg decorations at a workshop called, “Give Houbara Eggs Your Colour.” Little ones can play wholesome games of snakes-and-ladders, meet IFHC’s mascot “Haboor,” or watchas he stars in a cartoon. Inquisitive children can even get their questions answered by any of IFHC’s resident ecologists at the stand.

About The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) was established in 2006 and reorganised by Royal Decree no. 7, 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Fund aims to increase wild Houbara populations through its captive breeding and release programme, with on-going monitoring to ensure long-term preservation and genetic variation of the species. The IFHC also aims to foster ties with international and regional, governmental and non-governmental bodies to encourage sustainable practices to ensure the conservation of Houbara.

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

About the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC):

  • National Avian Research Centre (NARC) - Sweihan – Abu Dhabi – UAE
  • Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation (ECWP) – Kingdom of Morocco
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ)- Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD)-Abu Dhabi-UAE

For more information, please contact:

DelphineDelire Camellia Bojtor
International Fund for Houbara Conservation FleishmanHillard
+971 2 6934 732 / 115 +971 4 4502604
+971 50 1531197

 

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