World Bird News June 2015

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New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

By Ade Long, Thu, 28/05/2015 - 11:34

The Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar (BirdLife Partner for Qatar) have used both traditional and digital routes to create two guides to the nature of Qatar.

The first ever field guide book to the birds of Qatar and a mobile application - 'Qatar e-Nature' – which allows users to explore the rich and varied species of flora, birds and insects of Qatar on their smart phones.

“The field guide is dedicated to all bird lovers and watchers living in Qatar who are committed to bird conservation and wildlife protection,” said Dr Elsadig Awad Bashir, Head of the Qatar Bird Project, who compiled and edited both the Arabic and English-language editions of the guide.
The Field Guide to the Birds of Qatar has species accounts including illustrations for all 323 species found in Qatar. Additional information on the birds includes local names as well as their status in Qatar and regionally.

Qatar e-Nature, is designed for environmental awareness and education by Incorporating interactive and engaging features, The app has been produced in collaboration with the corporate Sasol Qatar who have experience in South Africa of producing field guides for nature.

Qatar e-Nature is available for IPhones from ITunes and for Android devices from Google Play

European Red List of Birds - Download

By BirdLife Europe, Mon, 01/06/2015 - 11:22

Download publication.

The European Red List is a review of the conservation status of European species according to IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines. It identifies those species that are threatened with extinction at the regional level – this way appropriate conservation action can be taken to improve their status.

This publication summarises results for Europe’s 533 native species of birds. Approximately 13% of these species are threatened with extinction at the European level as a result of threats including changing land-use practices, invasive and alien species and the illegal killing of birds.

The European Red List was compiled by BirdLife International and is the product of a service contract with the European Commission.

New protected areas in Madagascar

New protected areas in Madagascar

By Martin Fowlie, Tue, 02/06/2015 - 09:47

Three of the most important sites in Madagascar for nature have been given permanent protection by the Government of Madagascar, thanks largely to the efforts of Asity Madagascar (BirdLife in Madagascar).

The sites – the Mahavavy-Kinkony Wetland Complex, Mangoky-Ihotry Wetland Complex and Tsitongambarika Forest – protect almost 800,000 ha of Madagascar’s ecosystems and are host to an array of endemic and threatened species and habitats.

From Sakalava Rail and Madagascar Fish Eagle of the wetlands, to the rainforest flora and fauna of Tsitongambarika, the diversity of wild life is breathtaking. The list of species also includes still unnamed, newly discovered frogs and reptiles.

Combined, the sites protect 18 Threatened and 8 Near Threatened bird species, the two wetlands each holding a remarkable four to five Endangered and one Critically Endangered species.

Asity Madagascar is co-manager of each of the sites together with local communities, and has already been fulfilling this role to ensure the sites’ conservation for several years. Previously unprotected, they were made temporary Protected Areas in 2008 and protection has now been made permanent. This, alongside the development of Asity Madagascar as a strong, national conservation NGO, is an amazing achievement from the 18 years since BirdLife began working in Madagascar.

Even though the protection does not come with funding and other resources for management, these are no mere ‘paper parks’. The work to protect these areas began over 10 years ago, and management activities have shown some excellent successes in all three sites. The designations will provide many benefits to help to expand this, including a legal framework, incentives and political backing for conservation and sustainable development of the sites, preventing large-scale developments that could damage them.

“Legal permanent protection of these sites gives long term security to all Asity’s efforts as well as biodiversity conservation”, said Vony Raminoarisoa, Director of Asity Madagascar.

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