Who We Are

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) is a non-profit organisation supported by the Government of Abu Dhabi. It is one of the world's largest species conservation projects, overseeing an international network of specialised Houbara breeding centres to support and increase wild populations of the bird in its natural habitats across entire species range.

Abu Dhabi’s Houbara programme actually started in the 1970s. The decline in numbers of the birds in the wild was recognised by the UAE’s then President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who initiated a project based on a vision for conservation, underpinned by principles, which remain at the heart of the programme today.

From its beginnings in the UAE in 1977, the programme expanded to reflect the need for global cooperation; the range of the Houbara stretches from North Africa, through the Middle East and into Asia. In 1996, the international operations of the Houbara programme were incorporated into a single management entity: the International Fund for Houbara Conservation.

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Following the establishment of IFHC, two centres (National Avian Research Centre in Abu Dhabi and Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation in Morocco) came under the Fund's umbrella. Subsequently, three more breeding centres have been established to breed Houbara. In Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre- Abu Dhabi (SKHBC-AD) began producing Asian Houbara in 2012. While, in the same year, work began on the construction of a permanent breeding facility in Kazakhstan - the Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre in Kazakhstan (SKHBC-Kz) - replacing temporary structures which had been in place since 2008. In Morocco, a second Houbara breeding centre was opened in the Enjil region of the kingdom in 2006. As a result, the combined annual production of these centres now exceeds 50,000.  

In 2014, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, issued a law to reorganise IFHC under the supervision of a high-level Board of Directors led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Under this illustrious patronage, and due to the great success of the Houbara captive breeding  and wild release programme, IFHC continues to build on four decades of progress to ensure the vision for future generations to enjoy the Houbara in the wild remains a reality in the UAE, as well as throughout the species’  international range in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.

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