Schedule at a Glance

 

 

Arrive in Bahrain for the stay at the Sheraton Hotel

 

 

Field Programme

 

 

Saturday 21st October

 

15:00

Late afternoon field trip in Manama

20:00

Delegates meet for casual social dinner and briefing

 

 

Overnight stay in Manama

 

 

Sunday 22nd October

 

09:30

Depart Sheraton for the travel to Hawar

10:45

Arrive Ajirah Jetty

11:00

Hawar Hotel for buffet lunch

13:00

Depart on small coastguard boats, to explore Rubuds, Ajirah, Hajiyat, N. Suwad and Wakur

17:00

Sunset return to Ajirah Jetty

20:00

Barbecue at poolside – Sea food and the delights of Hawar

 

 

Overnight stay on Hawar

 

 

Monday 23rd October

 

05:00

Early morning call and breakfast

06:30

Full day exploring islands moving out from Station 3, Hazwarah South, Suwad and Bu’Sadash

11:00

Lunch delivered in the field

14:45

Return passed Station 3 and return to Hawar Hotel for tea

15:15

Return to Hawar Hotel

16:30

Depart Ajirah Jetty for travel back to Manama

20:00

Dinner at the Sheraton Hotel

 

 

Remainder of the stay in Manama


 

 

Conference Program

 

 

Tuesday 24th October 2000

 

09:00 Opening ceremony, conference and exhibition

 

 

With addresses by

 

H.E the Minister of Housing Municipalities and Environment

Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

 

&

 

H.E The Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the Amiri Court

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

 

On behalf of

 

His Highness The Amir of Bahrain

Sheikh Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa

 

 

 

 


H.E the Minister of Housing Municipalities and Environment

Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa

 

&

 

Minister of Cabinet Affairs for the Amiry Court

Head of the National Commission for Wildlife Protection

Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa

 

On Behalf of

 

His Highness The Amir of Bahrain

Sheikh Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa

 

Followed by

 

A response by Key Note Speakers

 

on Behalf of Guests of

 

His Highness The Amir

Sheikh Hamed bin Isa Al Khalifa

 

 

10:00 Tea Break


Session One

 

Challenges of Monitoring, Education and Community Reach

Chair: Dr. Ghassan Jaradi

Rapporteur: Dr. Jacky Judas

1

10.30

Brian S. Meadows

The Practical Value of Environmental Impact Reports, Particularly in Relation to Marine Conservation

2

11.00

Ronald Anthony LoughLand

A Coastal & Marine Natural Resource Atlas for Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE

3

11.30

Dirk Raes

International Colour Banding Projects - Training Requirements and the Need for Application in the Middle East

4

12.00

Simon Awad

The Use of the Ringing Programs as a New Tool in Education

5

12.30

Essa Faraj

Protected Birds in Al Areen Wildlife Reserve

 

13:00 Lunch

 

 

Session 2, Part I

 

 

 

 

Challenges in Preservation & Conservation

Chair: Adel Salem Khalifa

Rapporteur: Dr. Philip Seddon

1

14.30

Dr. Saeed Abdulla

Conservation of Avifauna in Bahrain. Present Status and Future Challenges

2

15.00

George Gregory

Conservation of Wildlife in Kuwait – Problems and Solutions.

3

15.30

Dr. Jens Eriksen

Island Birds of Oman

 

16.00 Tea Break

 

Session 2, Part II

Challenges in Preservation & Conservation

Chair: Dr. Adnan Budieri

Rapporteur: Dr. Jens Eriksen

4

16.30

Dr.Omar Al-Saghier

Zoning of Socotra Archipelago Protected Area, Yemen - Potential and Challenges for Conservation

5

17.00

Imad Al Attrash

Important Bird Areas in Palestine

 


Wednesday 25th October 2000

 

08:00 Recommence conference

 

Session 2, Part III

 

Challenges in Preservation & Conservation

Chair: Adel Salem Khalifa Rapporteur

Dr. Hany Tatwany

6

08.00

Edwin W.A.M. Vaassen  with Dr. M. Akif Aykurt

The Importance of Habitat Management for Species Diverse Habitats in and Surrounding Wetlands

7

08.30

Prof. Dr. Ghassan Ramadam Jaradi

In-Situ Conservation for Sustainable Development And Biodiversity Protection: Case Study of Palm Islands Nature Reserve Lebanon

 

09:00 Tea Break

 

Session III

 

Challenges for Eco -Tourism

Chair: Omar Attum

Rapporteur: Dr. Eugene Joubert

1

09.05

Dr. Philip Seddon

Planning For Tourism in Wildlife Protected Areas: The Saudi Arabian Experience

2

09.35

Mindy Baha Ed-Din

Birding Tourism in the Middle East, The Potentials and Pitfalls, with Egypt as a Case Study

3

10.05

Mr. Andrew Grieve

The Role of OSME in Promoting Bird Watching Tourism In Bahrain

 

10:35 Conclusions & Recommendations Committee

 

Session IV

 

Closing

12.30

 

Conclusions and Recommendations

 

 

Conclusions & Recommendation Committee

 

President: Dr. Shaker Khamdan (Chairman) Environmental Affairs, MOHME Bahrain Committee.

Prof. Ghassan Ramadam Jaradi, Dr. Philip Seddon, Dr. Jens Eriksen, Dr. Jacky Judas, Dr. Hany Tatwany, Dr. Eugene Joubert.

 

Poster Presentation by Dr. Mohammad Shobrak

 

Displayed at the conference venue throughout period depicting ornithological work carried out by the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development in Saudi Arabia during the last 14 years.


 

Principle Scientific Guests

 

Simon Aspinall - UAE

Author of "Status and Conservation of the Breeding Birds of the United Arab  Emirates” and co-author of “The Shell Birdwatching Guide to the United Arab Emirates”

Numerous scientific papers and popular articles published. Currently Director of the Environmental Studies Unit of the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey. Previously serving as head of the Wildlife Management Unit at Abu Dhabi’s National Avian Research Center and Environment and Heritage Editor of UAE government newspaper. Member of two IUCN commissions and Emirates Bird Records Committee.

 

Imad Al Attrash - Palestine

Executive Director /Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) Birdlife International Representative. 

Projects with the Society & under my responsibility include: IBA's in Palestine Conservation of Wadi Gaza wetland area, Migratory birds know no Boundaries (regional project). Conservation of Habitat and Birds (regional project), Together for Birds and People (Regional project) Dead Sea area /environmental awareness/regional project.

 

Omar Attum – Egypt

Pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology University of Louisville, USA Researching Resource

“Partitioning and Behavioural Ecology of Sand Dune Skinks and Examining the Effects of Grazing on the Flora, Insect and Reptile Population of a Sand Dune Community in Zaranik Protected Area, North Sinai, Egypt”. Contributor to Kentucky Afield, Kentucky Monthly, Rural Outdoorsman, Egypt Today, Cairo Times, 1000 Words in a Picture.

 

Simon Awad - Palestine

Palestine Ornithological and Biodiversity Center Manager of ringing stations in Palestine, 'A' Ringer. Graduate of Bethlehem University. Researcher, educator, activity Coordinator in the Environmental Education Center. Researcher in IBA book, important bird area in Palestine and researcher in Fauna Palestine field guide books.

 

Dr. M. Akif Aykurt - Turkey

Co-founder of the Raptor Research Group Turkey

Member Turkish Society for Scientific Research & Rehabilitation of Diurnal and Nocturnal Birds of Prey. former member of the  Ornithological Society in the Middle East. Field ornithologist and renowned wildlife photographer specialising in raptor biology as well as Turkish Avifauna.

 

Dr. Adnan Budieri - Jordan

Head of Middle East & Central Asia Division BirdLife International

Author of “The Important Wetlands in Jordan”, IWRB, and author of the Jordan chapter on Important Bird Areas in the Middle East, BirdLife International.

 

Peter Castell - UK

Co-author of Collins Field Guide to Bird Nests, Eggs and Nestlings of Britain and Europe with North Africa and the Middle East

Currently extending the scope of this book to include all species breeding in the Arabian Peninsula. Has found and described the nests of almost 500 different species of birds in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

 

Mrs Mindy Baha Ed-Din - Egypt

Advisor Nature Conservation Sector Environmental Affairs Agency,

Member, National Steering Committee, GEF-UNDP Small-Grants Programme Environmental Consultant Advocate, Important Bird Areas (IBA) for Egypt, BirdLife International – UK Country Representative, Ornithological Society of the Middle East and Africa Bird Club – UK Member, Ecotourism Society, Wildlife Conservation Society, Conservation International and the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature in Jordan.. Has written over 45 publications and currently, co-authoring a guide, "Where to Watch Birds in Egypt".

 

Dr. Jens Eriksen - Oman

Compiled “Breeding Bird Atlas of Oman” and co-compiled “Oman Bird List, Edition 5” Co-author “Birdlife in Oman,” “Collect Birds on Stamps, Collect Mammals on Stamps,” and over fifty articles on birds.

Member OBRC and Recorder 1989-98. Consultant on the BBC film “Jewel of Arabia.” Twice winner of “Bird Photograph of the Year”, UK, plus first prizes in several other countries. Associate Professor to Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, since 1986.

 

Mrs Hanne Eriksen - Oman

Wildlife photographer. Co-author “Birdlife in Oman,” “Collect Birds on Stamps,” “Collect Mammals on Stamps,” and over fifty articles on birds.

Twice winner of “Bird Photograph of the Year”, UK, plus first prizes in several other countries. Consultant on the BBC film “Jewel of Arabia.”

 

Mr. Andrew Grieve - UK

Chairman Ornithological Society of the Middle East

Site Manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for 33 years, managing three Protected Areas in northern England, UK. Involved in projects and surveys in Egypt since 1985 presently writing, along with other

Co-authors, a book on where to watch birds in Egypt and a country checklist.

 

Peter Hellyer - UAE

Founder and Managing Editor of bi-annual journal Tribulus.

Author of several books on the UAE, including two on its archaeology. Contributed to the UAE chapters in ‘Important Bird Areas in the Middle East’ and the ‘Directory of Wetlands in the Middle East. Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey, Member, OSME, and Committee Member, Emirates Natural History Group.  Formerly an adviser with the UAE Ministry of Information and Culture. Associate Member of the Emirates Bird Records Committee.

 

Dr. Mike Hill - UK

Author/Co-Author photographer for five books, including “Birds of Bahrain”

Consultant to the film “Bahrain - Land of two waters 1991” with numerous awards in BBC Wildlife Photographer of The Year. Recently retired physician having lived in Bahrain 19 years.

 

Dr. Mona Ramadam Jaradi - Lebanon

Currently writing along with other co-authors an Arabic Dictionary of bird’s names and a Field Guide to the Birds of Protected Areas in Lebanon

Ornithological Researcher at Lebanon National Council for Scientific Research, Member of Lebanese Forum. Member of the Society for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources in Lebanon (Partner Designate of BirdLife International) (IUCN Member). Involved in bird projects and surveys in UAE and Lebanon since 1984. Bird tours organiser.

 

Prof. Dr. Ghassan Ramadam Jaradi - Lebanon

Lebanese Univ. Nat. Sc. Lebanon. Secretary General of the National MAB Committee

Member of Lebanon Biodiversity National Steering Committee, Member of Lebanon Society for the Protection of Nature and Natural Resources (Partner Designate of BirdLife International) (Member of IUCN) And Ramsar Wetland Expert Database. Fellow/Member of the Zoological Society of London /U.K. Member of the Zoological Society of San Diego /U.S.A. Member of the International Primate Protection League (IPPL) U.S.A. Coordinator of BirdLife International. Manager consultant of Palm Islands Nature Reserve, Lebanon (Protected Areas Project).

 

George Gregory - Kuwait

Life Fellow of British Trust of Ornithology & of Member OSME

Gibraltar Point Bird Observatory Team. Secretary OSK. Various articles and photos published. Teacher of biology, currently at Kuwait English School. Graduate of Kings College, Cambridge. Former BTO 'A' Ringer, now retraining.

 


Steve James  - UAE

Lecturer Zayed University UAE. Chairman of the Emirates Natural History Group

Member of Birds Records Committee. Previous Chairman of the Eastern Districts Bird Club and Birds Records Committee, Zimbabwe.

 

Michael C Jennings - UK

Co-Ordinator  “Atlas Of The Breeding Birds Of Arabia” and founding member of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East

With 27 field visits to Arabian Peninsula Published the "Interim Atlas"  (1995). Author of "Birds of the Arabian Gulf" (1981) and "The Birds of Saudi Arabia - a checklist" (1981). Editor of  "The Phoenix" newsletter, numerous survey reports and detailed draft bibliography of the Arabian avifauna.

 

Dr. Eugene Joubert - KSA

IUCN Technical Advisor to the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD)

DSc in Wildlife Management and has been involved in conservation for 35 years.  He is a member of the IUCN’s Commission for Protected Areas and the Species Survival Commission.  In the latter, he serves on several specialist groups, and contributed to the Black Rhino Action Plan and Antelope Action Plan. Recently published a book on the plight of rhinoceroses.  For the past seven years he has been the in Saudi Arabia.

 

Dr. Jacky Judas - KSA

National Wildlife Research Center

Responsible for the reintroduction program of Houbara Bustard in Mahazat. Previously Ornithologist Amsterdam island in the French Southern and Antarctic Territories (Indian Ocean). In charge of demographical monitoring of the nesting birds populations Albatrosses, Penguins, Skuas.

 

Ronald Anthony LoughLand - UAE

Principle Environmental Researcher for the Commission of Environmental Research

Emirates Heritage Club, on Al Sammaliah Island, Abu Dhabi. Formerly Wildlife Ecologist at ERWDA Abu Dhabi.

 

Brian Meadows - KSA

Co-author of “The definitive Birds of East Africa - their habitat, status and distribution”

Environmental Monitoring Manager with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu Wildlife Reserves. Listed in Who's Who in Ornithology. Elected Fellow of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

 

Mr. Peter Meininger – Netherlands

Ornithologist (Co-) Edited Five Books Including ‘The Birds of Egypt’

Member o various Editorial Boards Ornithological Journals. Member Species Survival Commission, IUCN Founder of the Foundation for Ornithological Research in Egypt Former member of Dutch Seabird Group, The Organisation for Bird Censuses in the Netherlands and the Scientific Advisory Committee.

 

Dr. Saeed Abdulla Mohammed - Bahrain

Honorary Vice President of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East. Representative of BirdLife International (Middle East Division) Bahrain

Author of “Birds of Bahrain and the Arabian Gulf” (in Arabic), Translated to Arabic “The Field Guide for the Birds of the Middle East” by Porter et al, Associate Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity (Arabian Gulf University), Director of Alreem Environmental Consultation & Ecotourism. Member of the steering committee of the IUCN Protected Areas Commission in North Africa and the Middle East. Member of the Bahrain Natural History Society.

 

Tony Morris - UK

Member Ornithological Society of the Middle East and former member British Trust of Ornithology,

Bird recorder for Kent of the LNHS Member Natural Environment Focus Group London Borough of Bexley. On Steering Committees, nature reserve Crossness Sewage Works and the Dartford Marshes Project.

 


Ghazi Hijji Al-Musalami - KSA

Associate with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Environmental Monitoring Scientist previously with Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Agriculture and Water screening environmental impacts shrimp-farming on Red Sea coast.

 

Dirk Raes - Belgium

Moderator of the cr-birding e-group. European Colour-Ring Birding. Participant in VLINA-project Flanders Scheme. Forester with the Ministery of Flemish Community, Forest Department in the Zonienwoud. Tour Guide for Ornithological Society de Wielewaal.

 

Colin Richardson - UAE

Author of “The Birds of the United Arab Emirates” and co-author of  “The Shell Birdwatching Guide to the United Arab Emirates”. Founder and compiler of “Emirates Bird Report”.

Acting Chairman of the Emirates Bird Records Committee and country's Bird Recorder. Co-founder of Dubai Natural History Group. Operates a Birdwatching Tour company, Hobby Holidays with tours to UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen for groups from Europe, Japan and America. Publisher and sponsor of books on Arabian birds, under the trade title of Hobby Publications.

 

Adel Salem Khalifa Tuwairesh Al Saeedi - UAE

Environmental Researcher Commission of Environmental Research

Agriculture Sciences experience in Animal Physiology, Desert Ecology, Production of Farm and Poultry Animal Farm Diseases, Biotechnology and Organic chemistry.   

 

Dr.Omar Al-Saghier - Yemen

Honorary Vice-President and Member of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East, President Of The Yemen Ornithological Society

Member of the British Society of Animal Science, UK. Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Commission (SSC), Gland, Switzerland. Member of the working group on Houbara Bustard, Species Survival Commission (SSC), IUCN

 

Dr. Philip Seddon - KSA

National Wildlife Research Center

IUCN Species Survival Commission Reintroduction Specialist Group: Chair Bird Section Bustard Specialist Group Houbara Bustard Advisory Group Hyena Specialist Group IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Task Force on Tourism and Protected Areas.

 

Dr Mohammad Shobrak - KSA

Bird Ecologist at the National Commission for wildlife Conservation and Development (NCWCD) Taif

Member of the Scientific authorities of CITES in Saudi Arabia, Chair the Bird group at the NCWCD, Director of Mahazat as-Sayd protected area, member of the Bird of Prey Study Group (IUCN), and Lecturer at Um Al Qurah University, Taif branch.

 

Norman Van Swelm - Netherlands

Voorne Bird Observatory, Oostvoorne Netherlands

Responsible for colour-ringing Gulls, Port of Rotterdam, and initiated colour-ring studies in a variety of countries including Russia and the Ukraine, tourleader, ecotours to South America, Africa and Asia.

 

Dr Hany Tatwany – KSA

International relations Advisor NCWCD – KSA

Director of Department of permits and Coordinator of CITES Management Authority for Saudi Arabia;

Former Director General for Wildlife conservation, NCWCD; Permanent Alternate Scientific Counsellor for Saudi Arabia in Scientific Council of the Convention on the conservation of Migratory Species of Wild animals (CMS), Bonn Convention; Asia regional representative to Bonn Convention (CMS) Standing Committee, 1994 –1999; Asia regional representative to CITES Standing Committee, 1997-Present; Coordinator, Interim secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation and Management of the Asiatic Houbara Bustard; Chairman of the Protected Areas Advisory Group (PAAG), NCWCD; Coordinator of the Ecotourism Committee, NCWCD;  Coordinator of IUCN Regional Thematic Center for Protected Areas in WESCANA region; Member of the working group on Houbara Bustard, Species Survival Commission (SSC), IUCN; Member of the Middle East Falcon Group.

 

Edwin W.A.M. Vaassen - Turkey

Co-founder of the Raptor Research Group Turkey,

Former member of the Ornithological Society in the Middle East Honorary Member and  initiator of the Turkish Society for Scientific Research &  Rehabilitation of Diurnal and Nocturnal Birds of Prey and the Raptor  Research & Rehabilitation Center Turkey. Member of the Raptor Research Foundation; Raptor biologist, rehabilitator and researcher on Eastern Mediterranean wetland eco-systems.

 

Prof. Dr. John Waterbury - Lebanon

President, American University of Beirut, Lebanon and Prof. Emeritus Princeton USA.

Formally a Fulbright scholar to Egypt Ethiopia and Uganda and editor of the prestigious journal World Politics.  Before joining the faculty at Princeton taught at the University of Michigan severed as Middle East corespondent for the American University Field Staff and Universite Aix-Marseille. At Princeton taught Middle East Politics and political economy development at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs. Has extensively published and carried out a variety of research in developing countries focusing on the politics of developing International river basins and Public ownership private enterprise and privatisation.

 

Marine Biologists in Attendance (to initiate local studies on Dugong and Green Turtles)

 

Ian Bell - Australia

Great Barrier Reef Authority Australia

Researcher Environment monitoring unit Townsville Australia and leading expert on Dugongs and Green Turtles

 

Alastair King - UK

Fisheries Consultant

Scientific Observer and Fishery Officer for the British Indian Ocean Territory. Specifically involved in the conservation and management of the inshore reef fishery. Also Scientific Observer to CCAMLR, South Georgia, S. Atlantic.

 

Wildlife Journalists, Consultants and Photographers

 

Capt. John and Robert Nowell – UAE

Author “Bahrain Then and Now” Photographers/Authors Middle East Photo Library National Geographic Image library.

 

Julia Wheeler - UAE

Gulf correspondent for the BBC World Service.

 

Michelle and Peter Wright – UAE

Arabian Wildlife Magazine and Media Wildlife consultants.

 

Representatives for Bahrain

 

Prof. Ismail Mohammed Al Madani

National Commission for Wildlife Protection

Secretary General for Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve.

 

Dr Shaker Khamdan

Head of Environmental Monitoring Section. MOHME

 

Humood Abdulla

Environmental Affairs Directorate of Environmental Control. MOHME

 

Mubarak Ali Muhanna Aldoresi

National commission for wildlife protection

Animals Curator for Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve.

 

Naseen Abdulla Muhanna Buhammood

National commission for wildlife protection

Falcon Curator for Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve.

 

Isa Faraj Saad Saif

National commission for wildlife protection

Birds Curator for Al Areen Wildlife Park and Reserve.

 

Event Coordinator

 

Howard King

Author of  “Breeding Birds of Hawar”. Founder and compiler of “Bahrain Bird Report”

Bird recorder for Bahrain and member of the Natural History Society.