Lapped-faced Vulture © Ahmed Al-Dhaheri
Sharjah/Abu Dhabi, 12 February 2017 – The fourth of a series of regional workshops to develop a Multi-species Action Plan to Conserve African-Eurasian Vultures (Vulture MsAP) took place from 6 to 9 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The workshop was held as a part of the 18th Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity (SICFAB), at the generous invitation of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of Sharjah.
In the Middle East, vultures are threatened mainly by poisoning, lack of food, and human disturbance. These scavengers contribute significantly to the well-being of ecosystems by cleaning up organic waste in the environment. Due to their extensive geographic ranging behavior, they frequently cross over States’ borders, irrespective of geo-political boundaries. Consequently, international cooperation is of crucial importance in order to develop urgently needed concerted actions to work jointly towards improving their conservation status.
Hosting the Vulture MsAP Regional Workshop as part of SICFAB created a unique opportunity to capitalize on EPAA's conservation leadership in the region over the last 18 years. Vulture conservation cannot be undertaken successfully without collaboration with specialists of many other disciplines such as managers and rangers of protected areas and veterinary surgeons. Being an integral part of SICFAB has enabled adoption of a more holistic approach to the development of the Vulture MsAP.
The workshop in Sharjah focused on five species, two of which (Egyptian Vulture and Lappet-faced Vulture) are already classified as ‘Endangered’ by the IUCN Red List of threatened species, and two (Cinereous and Bearded Vulture) are listed as “Near Threatened”.
A concluding Overarching Workshop is scheduled is taking place 16 to 19 February in Toledo, Spain. Incorporating all four regional components as well as already existing single species Flyway and Action Plans, the primary aims of this forthcoming gathering are to review the first draft of the Vulture MsAP; elaborate certain key strategic components of the project; and to engender and develop multi-lateral support for the Vulture MsAP, including implementation over the next ten years.
For any inquiries related to the Vulture MsAP please contact the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MOU.
Last updated on 16 February 2017