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

Le MdE sur les rapaces de la CMS accueille la Jordanie en tant que 60e État signataire

La Jordanie a signé aujourd'hui le Mémorandum d'Entente sur la conservation des oiseaux de proie migrateurs d’Afrique et d’Eurasie (MdE Rapaces) de la Convention sur les espèces migratrices (CMS), lors d'une manifestation nationale de conservation et de chasse aux rapaces tenue dans sa capitale Amman, Jordanie.

03 December 2018

Un sommet révolutionnaire sur les voies de migration tenu à Abu Dhabi

Le sommet de quatre jours qui a pris fin à Abu Dhabi le 26 avril a vu la participation de nombreux acteurs clés de la conservation mondiale des oiseaux qui représentaient des ONG, la communauté scientifique, des gouvernements et la famille CMS. La manière dont mieux protéger les oiseaux migrateurs à toutes les étapes de leurs voyages difficiles le long des voies de migration en a constitué le principal point à l’ordre du jour.

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