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RELEASE PROGRAMME EXPANDS TO MORE COUNTRIES INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
HOUBARA PROVIDED TO QATAR FOR NEW BREEDING CENTRE
EDUCATION TO THE FORE IN 2014
MIGHTY MIGRATION APP MAKES ITS DEBUT FIRST CHICK OF THE YEAR IN ABU DHABI
JUNE 2014 | Issue 8 | www.houbarafund.org
Newsletter 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR GENERAL – ‘BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER’
Mohammed Saleh Al Baidani
Each year in May we
celebrate World Migratory
Bird Day when the fate of
birds which travel thousands
of kilometres across many
national boundaries grabs
our attention. Their journey
is naturally perilous, but
their struggle is multiplied
by the actions of humankind.
In Abu Dhabi we are guided by a vision which demands that we leave the earth as good if not better than we found it.
The Houbara’s annual migration can be as long as 4,000km and take in countries from Mongolia to Yemen. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which organises WMBD, rightly points out the problems these birds face and the absolute need for international cooperation.
The necessity to build international partnerships has been at the heart of our programme to preserve the Houbara from the outset. We have been able to study the bird in its natural habitats only because of the partnerships we have agreed with other range countries. We have established breeding centres in Morocco and Kazakhstan as a result of those countries recognising the need to restore this species.
We already had long-standing cooperation agreements with Morocco, Kazakhstan and Yemen, but in the past year we have expanded our international programme, making it even bigger and better than before. New, long-term agreements have been signed with our partners in Kazakhstan and Yemen, as well as a new one with the Kingdom of Jordan. Asian Houbara bred in Abu Dhabi have also been provided to Qatar so that country can develop a breeding programme.
Due to the success of our breeding programme, we have also been able to increase the number of countries where Houbara can be released. Five countries in the Arabian Peninsula have released Houbara bred in Abu Dhabi and in April 2,000 Asian Houbara were released in Kazakhstan – the largest ever single release of the bird.
We remain committed to this strategy and will work with all countries to ensure we optimise the chances of the Houbara for a prosperous future.
This month also saw the release of our Mighty Migration App, an electronic educational tool designed to both entertain and inform young people of the perils faced by the Houbara in its annual migration. For more details please turn to page 4 of this newsletter. As ever you can catch up on all the latest developments in the world of the Houbara by visiting our website: www.houbarafund.org
MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR GENERAL P1 |
RELEASE PROGRAMME EXPANDS TO MORE COUNTRIES P2 |
INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION P3 |
HOUBARA PROVIDIED TO QATAR FOR NEW BREEDING CENTRE P3 |
EDUCATION TO THE FORE IN2014P4|
MIGHTY MIGRATION APP MAKES ITS DEBUT P4 |
FIRST CHICK OF THE YEAR IN ABU DHABI P4 |


































































































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