Edited by MI Evans, 410 pages
Out of Print
The Middle East contains some of the largest wetland, steppe desert and marine ecosystems in the world, providing habitats for more than 800 species of bird, of which more than 60 are endemic. This book identifies and describes the 391 sites most important for the conservation of these birds and other biodiversity. Maps, tables and line drawings show site locations, species and population data. The whole Middle East is covered, from the Levant and Arabia to the West Himalayas.
The only book of its kind, Important Bird Areas in the Middle East is currently being used by conservationists developing systems of site protection in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Its usefulness to conservationists cannot be overstated" - Birding World."An essential tool for decision makers in the Middle East, but will also become an invaluable guide for visiting birdwatchers" - Species.
Academics, NGO representatives and public officials from ten countries in the Middle East, Balkans and Africa are attending the International Gathering on Saving Drying Lakes in Burdur, Turkey, organised by Doğa Derneği (BirdLife in Turkey), next 17-18 September.
An injured white stork was caught by a concerned citizen near Qena, Egypt last Saturday and was handed over to the police as a suspicious looking device the bird was carrying was thought to be a tool of espionage. Meanwhile, Egyptian authorities has examined both stork and the tracker and consider them no threat to national security.
Richard Porter, BirdLife's Middle East adviser, had the privilege of attending Nature Iraq's spring festival and his personal account was broadcast on BBC's From Our Own Correspondent and in their news magazine.