The ultimate goal of the forum is to contribute to the development of conservation strategies and action plans for Arabia’s threatened taxa. The workshop is based on the Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (CAMP) process developed by the IUCN Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG).
The forum itself is a collaborative process and brings together participants with regional expertise in wild and captive management of the taxa under review. These ‘Working Groups’ compile detailed information and assess the threats for each taxon using a systemically designed Taxon Data Sheet to identify conservation needs. Using this information the working group then makes two assessments/recommendations;
- Assigns an IUCN Red list Category of Threat.
- Formulate recommendations for in situ (animals that are living in their natural habitat (wild)) and ex situ (animals that are living in captivity or outside of their normal habitat) research and management activities.
The working group’s reports are then published as a ‘Final Report’ which can be used by National or regional agencies to develop their own conservation actions.
18th Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity
On behalf of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council, the Environment & Protected Areas Authority is pleased to announce that the 18th International Conservation Workshop for Arabia’s Biodiversity will be held at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife from 6-9 February 2017; and will address four overlapping themes.
- The Taxonomic Theme will focus on a Regional Red List assessment of the trees of the Arabian Peninsula similar to those already conducted for carnivores (2011), reptiles (2012) breeding birds (2013) and mammals (2016). For all species, the aim is to produce up-to-date accounts of distribution and status, as well as major threats and conservation recommendations. This theme will be led by Dr Craig Hilton-Taylor, head of the IUCN Red List Unit, and experts from the Centre for Middle Eastern Plants based at the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh. We hope to involve as many experts as possible in this exercise, whether they can attend the workshop or not. Participants are kindly requested to submit any recent publications or reports containing relevant information, as well as records of individual tree
- The Protected Areas Theme will repeat the Management Effectiveness Tracking Tool (METT) assessments that were initially done for a select number of protected areas in 2008. This will allow us to track changes in protected areas management in the region. In addition, we will continue the process of compiling the status, classification, proclamation and size of the protected areas in the region that was started in 2016. Information collated thus far will be checked with delegates from the different countries. Also, information on hima (hema) type conservation practices/reserves will also be consolidated. All delegates familiar with such reserves are kindly asked to bring information on their status, classification, proclamation, size and geographical coordinates. This exercise will hopefully provide the most up to date and comprehensive list of protected areas together with a GIS layer for the Peninsula.
- The Veterinary Theme will discuss nutrition and endoparasites of ruminants, focusing on the roles of nutrition and prophylactic health care in disease prevention. As with previous years, practical sessions will offer participants the opportunity to practice some of the skills discussed during the workshops. We will be sending out questionnaires before the meeting to collect relevant data for the region so that discussions are even more practical and specific to the Arabian Peninsula.
- A Vulture Multi-species Action Plan Middle East Regional Workshop will also be held, under the auspices of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Raptors Memorandum of Understanding.
We very much hope you will be able to join us in February, and we would be grateful if you could forward this message to other colleagues and networks that may be interested in attending.