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Major new steppe reserve in Kazakhstan

Steppe between Astana and Arkalky. Photo: Geoff & Hilary Welch On November 28, the Government of Kazakhstan announced the designation of the new Altyn Dala State Nature Reserve, protecting almost 500,000 hectares of steppe grassland, semi-desert and...

Free field guides for Central Asia

Atamurat Veyisov (OSME Country Contact) and Mark Day (RSPB). Photo: Stephanie Ward (RSPB) The recent publication of the long awaited Helm field guide Birds of Central Asia by Raffael Aye, Manuel Schweizer and Tobias Roth, heralds the...

International conference “Conservation of steppe and semidesert ecosystems in Eurasia, will be held in Almaty (Kazakhstan), on March 13-14, 2013”

Conference topics: Study of steppe and semidesert ecosystems and biodiversity Biology of steppe and semidesert animal and plant species Design and establishment of protected areas in open landscapes Best practices and recommendations for sustainable use of bioresources...

Sociable Lapwing Update

Sociable Lapwing Update

Birdlife recently posted an update on this season’s Sociable Lapwing work by ACBK (BirdLife in Kazakhstan) – see the link below. OSME has in the past contributed through the Conservation Research Fund to studies of this critically...

News from BTO

News from BTO

News from BTO – those who attended the OSME Summer Meeting last July will be reminded of the presentation of the first speaker, Paul Stancliffe, who talked about tracking migrants into Africa. In summary, a second BTO...

Slaughter of migrating birds in Cyprus

Slaughter of migrating birds in Cyprus

Melis Charalambides, Council Chairman, Birdlife Cyprus and OSME Vice-President asks as many people as possible to visit the following website and sign the petition. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/463/933/786/ask-cyprus-to-end-songbird-sl…

IRAQ HELPS BRITAIN’S WILDLIFE

IRAQ HELPS BRITAIN’S WILDLIFE

Nature Iraq, the leading wildlife conservation NGO in Iraq, is very pleased to make a donation of $1000 to Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s appeal to purchase 143 acres of land next to Cley Marshes. Nature Iraq has received...

Protests against the proposed Ilisu Dam, River Tigris, Turkey

Protests against the proposed Ilisu Dam, River Tigris, Turkey

A group of environmentalists and artists from northern Iraq spent the weekend in the ancient town of Hasankeyf in Batman, where they shared with locals the consequences of the planned Ilisu Dam on Iraq and Turkey through...

OSME News – Sandgrouse 34 (2)

Sandgrouse 34 (1) editorial – clarification OSME Council realises that the editorial in Sandgrouse 34 (1) regarding the expanded area of interest for papers to be considered for publication could be interpreted as OSME ‘encroaching’ into areas covered by the...

Azzam Alwash: Lessons from Iraq’s beautiful marshes

Azzam Alwash: Lessons from Iraq’s beautiful marshes

14/07/2012. The following link takes to you to Azzam Alwash, former President of Nature Iraq, being passionate as always about Iraq and the southern marshes drained by Saddam Hussein but now being slowly reclaimed. Azzam Alwash: Lessons...