Middle East

Monitoring Egyptian Vulture Migration at the Galala Observatory

During the migratory seasons (every spring and autumn), over 1.5 million birds migrate over the Galala Mountains, which extend along the Gulf of Suez, from Ain Sukhna to Zaafarana in Egypt. Given that Egyptian Vultures as well as other vultures and raptors can be easily spotted at this bottleneck area of bird migration, Nature Conservation Egypt (NCE) has recently established the Galala Observatory at the site. A permanent monitoring station founded under the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project, the Observatory is hoped to become a hotspot for the monitoring of raptors and other migratory species, the study of other migratory species, and attract birdwatching tourism in Egypt.

28 April 2022

Towards a Road Map to Tackle Illegal Killing of Birds in the Middle East

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is supporting range states in the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the development of an action plan to address the illegal killing, hunting, trapping, and trade of wild birds (IKB), which is considered the greatest direct threat to migratory birds in the Middle East.

30 March 2022

Granting a Safe Passage for Migratory Birds in Lebanon

After more than four decades of illegal killing of migratory birds in Lebanon, an effective enforcement scheme is safeguarding numerous globally-protected species at two key sites along their migration. Lebanon lies on the west side of the African Eurasian Flyway (Red Sea – Rift Valley Flyway) which is considered one of the most important flyways in the world for bird migration. As a signatory to the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MOU), Lebanon has a shared responsibility towards protecting migratory birds during their spring and autumn migration.

26 May 2021

El MdE de Rapaces de la CMS da la bienvenida a Jordania como 60to Estado signatario

Jordania ha firmado hoy el Memorando de Entendimiento sobre la conservación de las aves rapaces migratorias en África y Eurasia (MdE de Rapaces) de la Convención sobre las Especies Migratorias (CMS), en un evento nacional de conservación y caza de aves rapaces celebrado en su capital, Ammán, Jordania.

03 December 2018

Se celebra en Abu Dabi una revolucionaria cumbre sobre los corredores aéreos

El 26 de abril concluyó en Abu Dabi una cumbre de cuatro días en la que participaron numerosos interesados fundamentales en la conservación de las aves a nivel mundial en representación de las organizaciones no gubernamentales, la comunidad científica, los Gobiernos y la Familia CMS. El tema principal de debate giró en torno al modo de proteger mejor a las aves migratorias en todos los puntos de sus arduos viajes a lo largo de los corredores aéreos.

04 May 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

Nesting Ecology and Reproductive Biology of the Hawksbill Turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, at Kish Island, Persian Gulf

The ecology and reproductive biology of the hawksbill turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata were studied in Kish Island, Persian Gulf. The studied parameters include: environmental factors such as air temperature and humidity, soil types in different habitats during the breeding season; parameters related to the females' body and hatchlings biometrics i.e. weight, curved carapace length (CCL), straight carapace length (SCL), curved carapace width (CCW) and straight carapace width (SCW); and parameters related to reproductive biology, i.e.

14 September 2018