Categories: Final Report, Appendix, Literature Refs

2006-05-03

a) -- CONSERVATION WORKSHOP OF THE FAUNA OF ARABIA: DESERT PARK SHARJAH

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BCEAW - DESERT PARK SHARJAH
19-23 February 2006
REPORT ON THE ACTIVITY OF THE SMALL BIRDS OF PREY AND OWLS GROUP
Michael C Jennings and Tanya A Sadler
Introduction

The group was established to examine, species by species, those raptors and owls which were not considered by the large raptors working group in 2005, notably birds of prey in the genera Elanus, Milvus, Melierax, Micronisus, Accipiter, Buteo (but not B. socotranus endemic to Socotra), Pandion and Falco (but not hunting falcons), and allies (but not O. socotranus endemic to Socotra). It is understood that the hunting falcons and Socotra endemics will be included in a future workshops. However the population and conservation situation aspects of those species considered included where appropriate details of the Socotra population. Jordan was not directly considered although some input of data from Jordanian representatives on other working groups was gratefully received. (click here to view Full Report)

2006-05-02

b) Taxon Data Sheets

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The groups worked through the Taxon Data Sheet(TDS) document for each species, to identify and categorise the conservation situation appropriate for each in Arabia and review this against its global status as shown in the various documents available to the group. The final iteration of each TDS and related distribution map is available by folowing the link for each species in the side menu.

Working through the TDSs it became clear that certain themes and issues occurred over and over again for a number of species, (in TDS order)

a. There was only poor quality information available on population trends both nationally and regionally, and this inhibited detailed and valuable discussion.
b. Information on Arabian habitats, habitat change, and habitat losses due to development and agriculture was limited.
c. Although much anecdotal information was presented the degree to which each species is in local or international trade in the Arabian region is very poorly known.
d. There is very few detailed studies of the target species in Arabia.
e. The general lack of detailed research into populations, habitats and life histories in Arabia of the species reviewed hampered discussion.
f. Captive breeding was not identified as a relevant issue for Arabian species at present.
g. There was no clear information available of exactly which species, species groups etc have any degree of protection in the region. This restricted the group’s ability to make recommendations towards legislation.

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