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IFHC Gathers Support for its Cause at ADIHEX

Date : 12/09/2015

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IFHC Gathers Support for its Cause at ADIHEX

  • Political dignitaries from the UAE and Kazakhstan, and other supporters, turn out in force to visit IFHC’s stand at ADIHEX to learn more about the conservation efforts of the Fund
  • Falconer community attends workshops to learn about how it can support the IFHC’s work
  • Kids’ corner visited by hundreds of children from schools from across Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, 12 September 2015:The International Fund for Houbara Conservation, which participated at the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), was pleased to welcome members of the ruling political elite, falconry community and public to its stand as part of the four day event, in what was a show of force for its global conservation efforts.

Heralded a great success by the Fund, it was pleased to welcomeseveral of the UAE’s most prominent political leaders including H.H Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al-Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the UAE and Ruler of Ajman, alongside H.HNahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development, who toured the stand and were briefed about the Fund’s work in the field of Houbara conservation.

The Fund also welcomed Kairat Lama Sharif, the Kazakh Ambassador to the UAE, as its special guest, representing the long term relationship between the two countries, which dates back to the 1990s, with the start of ecological studies conducted by the Abu Dhabi government in the central Asian Republic.

Speaking at the show, Sharif said, “I would like to personally thank the Fund for its conservation efforts under the guidance of the UAE’s President, H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, which have helped in establishing closer relations between the UAE and Kazakhstan. Today, Kazakhstan has become home to the Fund’s fourth breeding centre, and we hope that through our combined efforts we will see the Houbara in Kazakhstan reinstated to healthy numbers.”

“These efforts are indicative of the cooperation between the UAE and Kazakhstan on a larger scale and we are pleased that recent easing of visa regulations for visiting Emiratis will see more tourists to Kazakhstan,” he went on to add.

Mohammed Al Baidani, Director General of the IFHC added, “I would like to thank all the dignitaries that visited the IFHC stand at ADIHEX, as well as our long-time partners Kazakhstan, and particularly the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UAE, that continue to show their support for our cause. The show has been a resounding success as we have seen growing awareness of Houbara conservation among attendees of the show, and the issue of sustainable hunting grow in importance in the UAE’s public discourse.”

Other visitors to the IFHC’s stand which were of key importance to the Fund were members of the UAE’s falconry community who attended workshops designed to raise awareness of the importance of upholding the traditional values of falconry. The primary stakeholder community for the Fund, its workshops drove home the message of sustainable hunting. Over 70 falconers from across the Gulf attended over the course of the show.

School age children also turned out in droves to visit the kids’ corner. Arguably the second most important stakeholder community after falconers, the activities on the stand were designed to educate future generations on the importance of conservation, namely Houbara conservation.

About The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC)
The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) was established in 2006 and reorganised by Royal Decree no. 7, 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Fund aims to increase wild Houbara populations through its captive breeding and release programme, with on-going monitoring to ensure long-term preservation and genetic variation of the species. The IFHC also aims to foster ties with international and regional, governmental and non-governmental bodies to encourage sustainable practices to ensure the conservation of Houbara.

The website of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation: www.houbarafund.org.

About the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC):

  • National Avian Research Centre (NARC) - Sweihan – Abu Dhabi – UAE
  • Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation (ECWP) – Kingdom of Morocco
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-KZ)- Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Sheikh Khalifa Houbara Breeding Centre (SKHBC-AD)-Abu Dhabi-UAE

 

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