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IFHC Celebrates Breeding of 367,499Houbara as it Marks 40 Years of Sheikh Zayed’s Vision

Date : 19/09/2017

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Breeding across the Fund’s international breeding centersthis year alone exceeded 59,294 Houbara

In its continued mission of fulfillingthe vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) announced at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) that it has achieved a totalbreeding milestone of 367,499 Houbara since the Fund was established. The Fund aims to achieve asustainable population of Houbarafor future generations.
In 2017 the captive breeding programmeexceeded 59,294 Houbara. The ongoing breeding of Houbara in centreslocated in the UAE, Morocco and Kazakhstan has been accompanied by asuccessful releaseprogramme, launched in 1998,of 263,399 captive-bred Asian Houbara and the North African Houbara.
As part of an integrated strategy, the Fund's scientific and research programmes continue to develop techniques and knowledge related to the conservation of Houbara, which also include strengthening cooperation and coordination with host countries of the Houbara. The strategy extends to raising awareness and instilling sustainable values whilst involving local communities inconservation efforts.
Mr. Ali Al Shamsi, Director of Communications and Public Relations, said, “This year the Fund will continue to implement its strategy for further development of projects that support the conservation of Houbara in the UAE and other countries in Asia and North Africa. We continue to build upon our milestone successes, right from the birth of the visionary programme in 1976, to now achieving anannual production increase of 50,000 Houbara. Close ties with host countries in the Houbara’s migration map, and several agreements in place to establish projects and breeding centersamidst other wildlife conservation initiatives, along with awareness campaigns, infrastructure projects and increased community participation, have all contributed to this success.”
The IFHC was established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2006 to manage and develop existing projects and to establish new ventures to achieve theHoubara's sustainability along the international migration path of the bird. The Fund has been achieving an increase in the numbers of wild Houbaraby breeding them in captivity and releasing them in their natural habitat. These efforts are supplemented by wildlife groups that protect them to ensure their survival andgenetic diversity. The Fund works alongside governments, international and regional organizations and institutions, andassociations concerned with the preservation of the Houbara, to fulfil this mission.
The Fundhas recently built a scientific base of ecological studies,developing techniques withincaptive breeding and outlining the requirements for successful release in the wild. Its efforts have helped increase numbers of Houbara and their return to nesting locations such as those in the Kingdom of Jordan.
The UAE’s efforts in the conservation of Houbara and falcons goes back more than four decades. In 1976, Abu Dhabi organized the first international conference and festival under the guidance and care of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The conference, recognized by global environmental protection organisations, marked the start ofsustained conservation efforts. Only a year later, the Houbaracaptive breeding projects started, in 1977, at the zoo in Al Ain.The first Asian Houbarachick was born in captivity in 1982.
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