1st identification guide to migratory waterbirds in Northern Africa in Arabic language

14 March 2013 | News story

During a workshop held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Tunis by Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux” (AAO), IUCN Member, in the presence of its national and international partners, a new identification guide to waterbirds in Arabic language was presented to the public. The 60 participants of the event, representatives of institutions and organizations working for biodiversity and natural habitats, agreed that this beautiful book will fill a need in the field of the conservation of waterbirds and wetlands in the North of Africa, the one to dispose of working tools in Arabic language.

The publication of this guide was conducted in partnership between AAO and the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife in France, the ONCFS, with the financial support of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the MAVA Foundation.

Richly illustrated, the small pocket guide allows the identification of 200 waterbird species recorded in the region from the North of Sudan to Mauritania, passing through Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Each species is presented with its vernacular Arabic names used in the 7 countries, drawings and texts of identification, a map of distribution as well as information on its status in the region. Between authors, designers, translators, national experts, GIS experts and graphic designers, more than 20 people have contributed to this work. This guide particularly aims to stimulate the International Waterbird Census in the region and is a contribution to the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) and in particular the African Initiative which aims to promote this agreement on the African continent

For more information, you can visit the facebook page of the Association "Les Amis des Oiseaux" dedicated to this event.

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