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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - WILDLIFE

Western region emerges as key wildlife reserve

Posted on 30/06/2002

Massive investment ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in afforestation projects has turned the Western region into a fertile spot and one of the biggest wildlife reserves in the Arabian Peninsula. A report by the Abu Dhabi Municipality, which oversees development projects in the Western region, said an afforestation drive launched more than two decades ago had resulted in the greening of nearly 210,000 square hectares and more areas would be covered in new ...  >>MORE

List of Fujairah Birds released

Posted on 25/06/2002

The first-ever Checklist of the Birds of Fujairah and the UAE East Coast has been released by the Union Water and Electricity Company, UWEC. Compiled by Simon Aspinall, the Chairman of the Emirates Bird Records Committee and co-editor of the weekly UAE birding newsletter, Twitchers' Guide, the publication provides a full list of all the 321 bird species so far recorded in Fujairah and the rest of the East Coast, as well as the adjacent mountains. This is over 75 per cent of the UAE's ...  >>MORE

Houbara bustard centre set to take wing

Posted on 15/06/2002

Dubai's first-ever houbara bustard breeding centre at Nakhlee is all set to take wing in September with the initiation of a trial breeding programme to produce the falconer's favourite quarry for experimental and research purposes. This project, born out of an exciting and unique cooperation agreement between General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, and a wildlife conservation centre in Morocco sponsored by HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al ...  >>MORE

Two endangered turtles found, ERWDA reports

Posted on 09/06/2002

Scientific studies by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, have confirmed that two species of marine turtles are found in the waters of Abu Dhabi, according to the Agency's annual report for 2001, just released. The species are the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle, both of which are classified as endangered species. According to the report, only one species, the hawksbill, has thus far been shown to breed in the Emirate, on the coasts of offshore islands. The ...  >>MORE

UAE ecological co-operation successful : ERWDA reports

Posted on 09/06/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has successfully continued to develop its collaboration with governmental and scientific bodies in other countries as part of its plans to enhance international conservation, according to its latest annual report. During 2001, the Agency continued to collaborate with the Institute of Ecology and Geography in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, where ERWDA's National Avian Research Centre maintains a research station. In ...  >>MORE

New baby giraffe at Dubai zoo

Posted on 05/06/2002

The number of giraffes at Dubai Zoo has gone up to four with the birth of a baby giraffe yesterday. Dr Reza Khan, Head of Zoo Section at the Dubai Municipality, which operates the Arabian Peninsula's oldest zoo, said the baby giraffe, Razia, and mother, Noora, were in good health. Razia weighs 40kg, but is slightly weak. There were a few visitors in the zoo at the time of birth, 11am. A giraffe's normal gestation period is 15 months, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. The seven-year-old ...  >>MORE

Oryx breeding plan scores breakthrough

Posted on 18/05/2002

The UAE has achieved a breakthrough in breeding programmes to increase the number of Arabian Oryxes and protect them from extinction, according to an official report. It is part of the ongoing plans to rebuild the wildlife and restore ecological balance in the country. The idea to save the endangered horned animal surfaced more than 30 years ago, when President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan ordered the capture of the remaining animals from the wildlife to breed them in ...  >>MORE

UAE warns beekeepers against diseased beehives

Posted on 04/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has warned beekeepers that infected hives have been coming into the UAE. In March 330 hives out of 3,381 carried diseases, harmless to humans but which affect bee productivity. Abdullah Al Amiri, Director of Plant Protection at the Ministry, told beekeepers to check for any diseased hives and ‘that infected consignments must be destroyed or returned to the originating country. The UAE will cover any costs incurred'. ...  >>MORE

100 houbaras released in Pakistan

Posted on 21/03/2002

One hundred houbara bustards were released at Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan on 16 March under a programme supported by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Houbara Foundation International in Pakistan (HFI) had the support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for this project. The release programme is part of the UAE's effort to develop and protect the environment and wildlife. >>MORE

Houbara breeding centre to be opened

Posted on 14/03/2002

Dubai's first houbara breeding centre will open in April 2001. The breeding centre involves the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai, supported by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and the International Foundation for Conservation and Development of Wildlife (IFCDW) in Morocco, which is funded by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The centre in Morocco is one of the largest and most successful houbara breeding centres ...  >>MORE

Houbara breeding centre to be opened

Posted on 08/03/2002

Four months after the idea was first approved by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, Dubai's first-ever houbara bustard breeding centre is set to open next month in Nakhlee, representatives of the involved parties announced at a press conference yesterday. The breeding centre, 60 per cent of which is complete, links Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Dubai in a first-of-its-kind regional initiative in wildlife management. It is a co-operative ...  >>MORE

UAE to crack down on illegal wildlife trade

Posted on 07/03/2002

The UAE is taking urgent steps to combat illegal wildlife trade to lift endangered wildlife trade suspension that has been imposed by the General Secretariat of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) last November. In a press conference here today, Abdullah Zamzam, Assistant Secretary General of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, said that the UAE was working hard the trade ban to be lifted within two months. He added that the ...  >>MORE

Flamingos breeding again at Al Wathba

Posted on 28/02/2002

Al Wathba Wetlands Reserve offers a conducive habitat for a wide range of birds, as the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has recorded over 200 species there. Al Wathba Lake, located approximately 40 km southeast of Abu Dhabi Island, has been managed by the ERWDA since 1998. It is known for its flamingo population and also attracts thousands of migrant waders and other waterfowl during winter. An official of the agency yesterday said it is the site for the first ...  >>MORE

Study of houbara bustards planned

Posted on 25/02/2002

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) plans to catch wild houbara bustards in neighbouring Oman and Saudi Arabia and fit them with satellite transmitter to carry out a study on the birds' lifestyles. Dr. Olivier Combreau, Head of the NARC, said that the transmitter tags carried by the birds permit scientists to track them by satellite. The houbaras will also be fitted with a ring on their talons, bearing specific numbers and the NARC's address in Abu Dhabi. The rings will help anyone ...  >>MORE

Smuggler caught with endangered species

Posted on 14/02/2002

A smuggler was caught attempting to bring over 200 endangered desert tortoises and eight birds into the UAE by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on 12 February. The animals are now in the care of the the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). http://www.erwda.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Endangered monkeys saved

Posted on 31/01/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), and the Abu Dhabi Police, raided two pet shops in Abu Dhabi on 28 January and confiscated seven endangered monkeys, including two baby chimpanzees. ERWDA said the animals will be sent to a rehabilitation centre in the UAE and then possibly returned to their countries of origin. http://www.erwda.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Zoo animals freed into the wild

Posted on 13/12/2001

For the second time this year Dubai Zoo followed its programme to replenish depleted local fauna. On 9 December it released seven animals, including a desert eagle, an Arabian fox, a Marsh Harrier, a buzzard and hedgehogs into the wild. The birds and animals were released into the desert near to Al Mushrif Park in Rashidiyah, where Dubai's new 'open zoo' is due to be built in 2003. Two birds, the harrier and buzzard had been confiscated from smugglers, and others were given to the zoo. >>MORE

420 species of wild birds in UAE, says book

Posted on 11/12/2001

Around 420 species of wild birds have been recorded in the UAE over the past 30 years, according to a new book. Although the UAE is mostly a country of vast expanses of deserts, there are mountains and wadis, wooded savannahs and coastal lagoons and mangroves, as well as numerous large and small islands which offer a variety of habitat that attract a wide range of species, an introduction to the book says, "Birds of Abu Dhabi,” the book has been compiled by Simon Aspinall, an Abu Dhabi-based ...  >>MORE

Plan to protect endangered houbara prepared

Posted on 18/11/2001

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) of the Abu Dhabi-based Environmental Research and Wildlife Agency (ERWDA) has prepared a comprehensive conservation plan for the endangered Asian houbara. Houbara bustard is threatened by a combination of factors, including excessive hunting, on its wintering grounds (Pakistan, Iran, Arabian Gulf), illegal trapping in Iran and Pakistan and an increase in hunting pressure in Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) over the past few years, ...  >>MORE

Decline in population of houbara

Posted on 01/11/2001

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) a division of the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said on 27 October that the population of the endangered houbara bustard is declining. The agency attributes this to excessive hunting and illegal trapping in its wintering grounds in Pakistan, Iran, the Arabian Peninsula, South East Asia and CIS. NARC has been monitoring houbara population since 1998, with the help of satellite tracking in Kazakhstan a main breeding ...  >>MORE

Decree issued on regulations of GCC quarantine system

Posted on 29/10/2001

Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ragabani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday issued a ministerial decree on the executive regulations of the GCC quarantine system. The 27-article decree deals with a number of animal-related issues, including definitions, terms, health certificates, animals for slaughtering, contagious diseases and health regulations for imported animals, in addition to punishments for violators of those rules and regulations. Meanwhile, Al Ragabani received a delegation ...  >>MORE

Decline in population of houbara

Posted on 29/10/2001

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) has seen a constant decline in the population of the endangered houbara bustard due to excessive hunting and illegal trapping in its wintering grounds in South East Asia and CIS. The NARC, which is a part of the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has been implementing a comprehensive conservation strategy. An official of ERWDA yesterday said NARC has noticed that the bird is facing a serious threat due to a combination of ...  >>MORE

UAE to host the General Secretariat of Arabian Oryx

Posted on 15/10/2001

The Second meeting for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx concluded last Saturday in Abu Dhabi Hilton with a recommendation of setting up a Co-ordinating Committee to strengthen co-operation, support activities, encourage the exchange of expertise and support efforts to conserve the Arabian Oryx. The meeting, which was chaired by Mohammed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and attended by representatives from UAE, Oman, ...  >>MORE

Meeting for conservation of Arabian oryx in UAE

Posted on 13/10/2001

The UAE, which was selected earlier to be the venue of the General Secretariat of the Co-ordinating Committee for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx, will host the committee's first meeting in Abu Dhabi which is schedule to be held in on October 13th at Hilton Hotel. The meeting, which will be chaired by His Excellency Mohammed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), will discuss the Committee's Articles of Association and the ...  >>MORE

ERWDA completes studies on desert, marine and wildlife

Posted on 01/08/2001

ERWDA completes studies on desert, marine and wildlife The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) was able in short span to complete many research studies of desert, marine and wildlife species and their habitat with the ultimate objective of developing and conserving them. The establishment of ERWDA underlines the commitment of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the protection of the natural environment, wildlife and biological diversity within Abu ...  >>MORE

Dubai Zoo relocation project to cost US$162m

Posted on 17/07/2001

The Dubai Municipality is close to finalising the details and designs for the relocation and redevelopment of Dubai Zoo in order to make the emirate even more attractive to tourists from around the world. The multi-million dirham project is planned to be developed in a phased manner by the civic body which has been managing the zoo since 1971, almost four years after it was established as a private enterprise by an Austrian engineer, Otto J. Bulart. A team of experts from Wildlife Reserves ...  >>MORE

WWF plans extensive projects in UAE

Posted on 04/07/2001

The World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) has plans for a number of projects in the UAE covering areas ranging from protected areas to education and awareness and species of special concerns, according to Dr Frederic Launay, director of the fund. He said the fund had highlighted 17 potential projects for the UAE, adding that priority areas include marine, coastal and terrestrial protected areas, species of special concern such as the oryx, tahr, dugong, marine turtles and houbara, promoting ...  >>MORE

150,893 animals treated in June

Posted on 03/07/2001

The Veterinary Services Section of Dubai Municipality has treated more than 150,893 animals during June this year. According to the monthly report of the section, the above figure included cases of veterinary inspection, treatment and vaccination of animals through field visits of the section's doctors to animal farms or at the veterinary clinics. As many as 2,638 samples were brought to the laboratory for various types of analysis. The section also carried out inspection of 20,160 animals at ...  >>MORE

Dubai rescues orphaned leopard cubs

Posted on 26/06/2001

TNT, a freight company in Dubai has helped to save three, two-week old leopard cubs orphaned in southern Sudan discovered by a drilling team from Lundin Oil Company. TNT announced on 23 June that it will provide a free airlift for the cubs Sami, Alam and Nirmira from Khartoum to the Shamwari game reserve in South Africa. Born Free, a wildlife charity will supply in-flight care and a vet to accompany the cubs on their journey. Sudan has no wildlife sanctuaries and Born Free, says that the ...  >>MORE

'Wildlife adapt to UAE conditions'

Posted on 24/06/2001

Wildlife in the United Arab Emirates is thriving due to their natural instincts at adapting to the tough desert environment and the discovery of different types of desert creatures has revealed that they have found some means or the other in ensuring their survival, according to Dr Shaza Ismail of Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). Speaking on "Wildlife in the Emirates" at a session for students held recently at Desert Park in Sharjah by the Environment & ...  >>MORE

ERWDA ties up with BA World Cargo to save birds

Posted on 30/05/2001

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC), of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), in association with British Airways World Cargo transported ten illegally imported birds to the National Birds of Prey Centre in United Kingdom. The birds, which originated from Somalia, were confiscated from a consignment of illegally trapped raptors at Sharjah Customs Department on September as they had no accompanying documentation and it was presumed that they were illegally ...  >>MORE

Arabian Oryx project staff from Oman visit NARC

Posted on 18/03/2001

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and Oman's Office of the Advisor for the Conversation of the Environment, a two week training visit was recently made by staff members of the Arabian Oryx Project (AOP) in Oman, to the National Avian Research Centre (NARC) in Sweihan. NARC's staff members explained the goal of the Centre: to advise on the establishment of a sustainable system for the future of Arab ...  >>MORE

Workshop on Arabian Wildlife

Posted on 20/02/2001

Environmental and wildlife experts from across the Arabian Peninsula began a five-day workshop at the Arabia Wildlife Centre in Sharjah. Organised by the environment and Protected Areas Authority of Sharjah and sponsored by BP Amoco, Sharjah, the Arabian Camp 2001 workshop is being run by the conservation breeding specialists group which is part of the IUCN – The World Conservation Union, which functions as a United Nations of Conservation. "There are a number of species in the Arabian ...  >>MORE

Dubai Zoo registers marked rise in number of visitors

Posted on 17/01/2001

The births of a female giraffe, pygmy hippo and Bengal tiger, a unique exhibition of snakes and reptiles and longer Eid Al Fitr holidays spurred an 11.6 per cent growth in the number of visitors to Dubai Zoo during the last year as compared to the previous year. Figures released by the zoo showed that there were 328,615 visitors to the zoo in the year 2000 against 294,384 in 1999. During the Eid holidays, there were 27, 970 visitors, up by 29.2 per cent from the Eid visitors number 21,636. ...  >>MORE

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