The efforts of the UAE and Kazakh to maintain the Houbara bustard
The Kazakh Consul: strategy partnership with the UAE in environment industry
Nzabayev proposes an international plan to preserve the Aral Sea
His Excellency Madyar Minilbekov, Consul General of Kazakhstan in Dubai and the Northern Emirates emphasized the strategic partnership between his country and the UAE in the environmental field. He highlighted the global environmental achievements achieved by Kazakhstan, especially in the Aral Sea problem and the preservation of Houbara. HE Ali Al Shamsi, the public relation institutional liaison at the International Fund for the Conservation of Houbara bustard, during a joint press conference in Dubai yesterday, the practical and effective frameworks of the Fund in this area in cooperation with Kazakhstan in particular.
“To this end, the Kazakh government has taken great care to protect the environment in general and has achieved a unique experience over the past years. It has worked to address the pollution and identified forest pests, which annually carry out extensive afforestation covering an area of 90,000 hectares annually,” the Kazakh official said.
“The mismanagement of irrigation projects led to a reduction of 13 meters in the Aral Sea, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in volume. The change in volume led to climate change in the region and revealed 3 million hectares of land that were threatened with erosion, And that the wildlife in Kazakhstan was in danger of extinction because of the overall level of pollution, and according to current estimates, some areas of this Republic was able to maintain the forms of wildlife, because of the implementation of government programs to address these environmental disasters.
The Kazakh official explained that air pollution in Kazakhstan was another important environmental problem, where acid rain is harmful to the environment within the country and also affects neighboring countries. In 1992, Kazakhstan was the world’s 14th largest industrial CO2 emitter, with 297.9 million metric tons, or 17.48 metric tons per capita. In 1996, the total fell to 173.8 million metric tons. Pollution from industrial and agricultural sources has also damaged the country’s water supply.”
At the same time, the Kazakh Consul General said: “Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has put environmental problems at the top of his strategic policy priorities, including reviving the Aral Sea area, after being exposed to excessive and excessive use of water resources, increasing cotton and rice cultivation areas and constructing many reservoirs. At the end of the 20th century, the Aral Sea lost 75 percent of its waters and the sea was divided into two separate water basins, the largest Aral in the southern sector of the smaller Aral in the northern sector within the territory of Kazakhstan.
The Kazakh official suggested that President Nazarbayev proposed the implementation of a large-scale international project to control the Sihon River and preserve the northern sector of the Aral Sea, where Kazakhstan began implementing the national program to save the Aral region and with financial support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
HE Ali Al Shamsi, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications at the International Fund for the Conservation of Houbara, said at a press conference held in Dubai that: “The International Fund for the Preservation of Houbara was established in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2006 as a natural extension of the nucleus it planted Founder Sheikh Zayed, may God rest his soul. The Fund oversees the management of a global network of sustainable initiatives aimed at conserving and increasing the number of Houbara birds around the world. At the heart of these efforts is the Fund’s ambitious program to multiply this bird in large numbers in captivity and launch it into the wild. “
Al Shamsi stressed that the objective of the Fund is to build a network of projects and centers for the conservation of species within and outside natural habitats and to support them through long-term international partnerships, as well as comprehensive management of the sustainable use of species while continuing to support the social, economic and environmental development of the countries of proliferation.
“The International Fund for the Preservation of the Houbara today manages a wide network of breeding centers in different parts of the world where the bird is spread. It is concerned with the multiplication of two major species of Houbara, namely Hibari North Africa and Asian Houbara. The latter includes endemic and migratory species, With each of them separately for the restoration and formation of sustainable collections of Houbara. “
The official explained that the centers managed by the International Fund for Preservation of Houbara are among the most advanced in the world and employ more than 15,000 staff of researchers, technicians and experts working in education and launch projects inside and outside the UAE. Bright for diligence and hard work towards the sustainability of the Houbara bird.
“The Fund is well supported by the visitors and the public at the recent Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition by politicians from Kazakhstan and Emirati leaders visiting the International Fund’s pavilion,” Al Shamsi said.
Al Shamsi added that the International Fund for the Preservation of Houbara was established in 2006 and reorganized by Law No. (7) of 2014 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The Fund aims to increase the number of wild houbara by multiplying them in captivity and releasing them in areas of spread and managing their wild populations in order to protect them, ensure their survival in abundance, preserve their diversity and genetic assets, and develop a mechanism for international cooperation with countries and international and regional organizations concerned with the conservation of Houbara and the sustainable heritage of hunting Falcons.
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