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Priority sites for conservation and protection: “Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq”

From marshlands to mountains: Iraq’s most vital areas for wildlife are mapped for the first time in an important new publication, Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq. In recent decades, both Iraq’s identity and its landscape have been scarred by conflict. But there’s another side to this vast Middle Eastern country the news reports don’t show: its stunning natural environments. From the world famous Mesopotamian Marshes – dubbed the ‘Cradle of Civilization’ - to mountain peaks;

The illegal bird killing in Lebanon

Guest blog by Assad Serhal

I am sure that many of you are aware of the huge problems of illegal poaching, trapping and trade of migratory and resident species in the OSME region. The 2015 report by Birdlife International (The Killing) found that 2.6 million birds are illegally killed in Lebanon alone. It is also reassuring to note that this problem is now being investigated across the Middle East and North Africa.

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