A guest blog from the UzSPB/OSME/Van Tienhoven Project Team
Do you know why nature conservation in Uzbekistan is so much challenging and exciting at the same time? Apart from diverse wildlife, unique ecosystems, extensive wilderness there are responsive people who live in the country with the highest level of population density in the whole Central Asian region.
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;
Guest blog by Christy Sotiriou on behalf of the WWF Greece Dadia Programme
Five years ago, in 2013, WWF Greece and its team located in Dadia village in the northwestern part of the Evros regional unit, begun a beautiful journey of awareness, having as ultimate destination the safeguard of the Egyptian Vulture. Why did we choose that species?
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.
Dmitry Dorofeev and his team have been counting and ringing shorebirds in the estuary of the Khairusova-Belogolovaya River, Kamchatka, Russia for a number of years. In 2016, they marked 320 Great Knots with engraved yellow flags, and have had subsequent re-sightings of birds in Japan, South Korea and Australia. But probably the most unexpected re-sighting was that of a Great Knot in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.
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