The leading captive breeding centre for Saiga antelopes (Saiga spp.) has lost almost its entire stock of animals as a result of an unidentified disease. The Centre for Wild Animals of Kalmykia in the Russian Federation is known internationally for its contribution to saiga research and conservation, thereby playing an important part in implementing the CMS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Saiga Antelopes.
Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations, governments and people around the world plan events to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrating migratory birds and raising awareness about the need for their conservation. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have been held in 130 countries and this year we hope to reach even more people and organizations to connect and work together towards conserving migratory birds and their habitats worldwide.
After many hours of hard work, we are excited to share with you our newly designed website. Please explore our pages and find all you need to know about migratory birds, this year’s theme “Energy - make it bird-friendly!”, how to take action on World Migratory Bird Day 2015 and much more. We restructured the whole website content and menu – but no worries, you will not miss anything!
Twenty specialist ornithologists gathered this week at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to discuss and develop conservation responses to the main threats to migratory birds of prey, within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in African and Eurasia (Raptors MoU).
The English version of the book “The Wadden Sea”, the first book that shows the entire Wadden Sea World Heritage Site was launched at ITB in the presence of the Minister of the Environment of Schleswig Holstein, Robert Habeck. The book contains stunning aerial photography by Martin Stock and Peter de Vries, and was produced in cooperation with CWSS (from left to right: Rüdiger Strempel, Henner Wachholtz, Robert Habeck, Harald Marencic, photo CWSS).
For the first time this year, the Wadden Sea World Heritage was represented at the world’s largest tourism convention, Berlin’s ITB, from 4-8 March 2015. Why a tourism fair?
Dr. Ahmad Ali Keykha (right), Deputy Head of the Department of Environment and Natural Environment, signing the Raptors MoU with Mr. Nick P. Williams (left), Head of the Coordinating Unit of the Raptors MoU. Photo by Omidi Maryam.
Iran signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) at an official ceremony at Iran's first national technical meeting on conservation of birds of prey in Qeshm Island.