Page 3 - June 2014 Issue 8 eng
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We are constantly looking to build partnerships in order to optimise the best possible outcomes. Following on from the agreement signed with the Republic of Kazakhstan at the start of this year, the Fund has added two new cooperation agreements in our e orts to build partnerships and preserve the Houbara.
In April a ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Republic of Yemen. The delegations signed a 10-year agreement updating the existing Convention on Houbara Conservation. It reinforces the historically strong relations that exist between the two countries.
The wide-ranging agreement covers: a continuation of vital ecological studies (Yemen has the only remaining resident population of Asian Houbara in the Arabian Peninsula), the establishment of protection reserves and the development of a Houbara reproduction programme in Yemen. The Fund will provide the knowledge and expertise to train local personnel and advance environmental awareness and education in schools and local communities in Yemen.
At the end of May representatives from the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan visited Abu Dhabi to sign a cooperation agreement with the emirate to preserve the Houbara. The objective of the agreement is to establish a viable population of Houbara bustard in the known and historical distribution range in Jordan, in cooperation with all stakeholders and local communities around this range.
The main components include: a national awareness programme speci cally oriented to the restoration project of Houbara in Jordan; specialised research and monitoring to assess the programme’s success; the development of a law enforcement and protection plan for the Houbara in the releasing sites; the establishment of a local communities’ development programme around the release sites; management of the implementation of the project ; and the introduction of capacity building programmes for the local sta .
As part of the Fund’s strategy to work across international boundaries, 1,065 Asian Houbara from our world-leading captive breeding programme were provided as an initial breeding  ock to the Rawdat Al Faras Houbara Breeding Centre in Qatar.
The 1,065 Asian Houbara provided to Qatar are in addition to an initial 334 provided to the Gulf state in March 2013. As a result the 1,399 birds will form a signi cant initial breeding  ock, from which to produce Houbara chicks for future breeding and release. As well as providing live Houbara, the Fund also o ered its expertise in areas such as breeding protocols and building speci cations.

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