Middle East

6,000 Endangered Steppe Eagles find refuge within refuse dumps

If you wanted to see 6,000 Endangered eagles, a rubbish dump might not be the first place you’d think of looking.

13 May 2020

Scale of illegal bird killing in the Middle East revealed for first time

A study out today, for the first time, estimates the scale and extent of the illegal killing and taking of wild birds in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran.

27 August 2019

CMS Raptors MOU Welcomes Jordan as 60th Signatory State

Jordan has today signed the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), at a national raptor conservation and hunting event held in its capital city Amman, Jordan.

03 December 2018

Spreading the word on migratory birds

A major bird conservation conference has been held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

11 May 2018

Ground-breaking Flyways Summit Held in Abu Dhabi

A four-day summit concluded in Abu Dhabi on 26 April, at which many of the key players in global bird conservation participated representing NGOs, the scientific community, governments and the CMS Family. The main item under discussion was how migratory birds can be better protected at every point of their arduous journeys along the flyways.

04 May 2018

How illegal bird hunting in the Arab world could drive species to extinction

Report released at international gathering in Abu Dhabi singles out Egypt, Syria and Lebanon plus Italy as culprits

24 April 2018

Turtles and other Marine Megafauna Bycatch in Artisanal Fisheries in the Saudi waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Fisheries impacts on marine megafauna have received global attention and are recognized as a serious problem. In Saudi waters of the Arabian Gulf, the artisanal fishery is responsible for 99.6% of landings. It uses a range of boat sizes and various types of fishing gears and operates in all accessible areas from shallow coastal bays to deep offshore waters.

14 May 2019

Sea Turtles Tourism in Oman: Current Status and Future Prospects

This paper provides an overview of the current status and future potentials of nature-based tourism in the Sultanate of Oman with particular focus on sea turtles at Ras Al Hadd. The paper uses objective yardsticks such as inbound tourist arrivals, nationality and spending patterns, seasonality, employment, as well as gross domestic product contribution derived from secondary data from national and international sources to appraise the current situation.

14 September 2018