News Middle East

Iraqi students being trained at Peramagroon (Image: Richard Porter)

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the...

Fri, 05/02/2016
A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

Nature Iraq's Festival in the Marshes

Mon, 03/06/2013
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.

Hundreds of hikers walking through Lebanon for...

Tue, 02/04/2013
Wearing boots and armed with only the country's new hunting regulations, 150 hikers are trekking through Lebanon for bird conservation

SPNL receives “Best Practice” Award from the...

Tue, 19/02/2013
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL – BirdLife in Lebanon) recently received an international ‘best practice’ award for their work at the Qolieleh Hima site, where they are preserving the coast and improving living conditions for local people.

CEPF Eastern Afromontane Hotspot launched in...

Thu, 14/02/2013
At an event hosted by the Saudi Wildlife Authority at the King Khalid University in Abha, Saudi Arabia, the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) launched its plan to invest $9.8 million over five years in conserving the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot.

Children's Festival in Lebanon celebrates...

Wed, 17/10/2012
A day full of environmental activities attracted more than 150 students aged between 8 and 12 from Aanjar and its neighboring villages in Lebanon under the theme of “The Secrets of Bird Migration and Forests of Hope”.

Nature Iraq's work highlighted in TED...

Thu, 12/07/2012
Azzam Alwash, Founder and President of Nature Iraq, gave a presentation at the recent TED Worldwide Talent Search on protecting Iraq's natural environment and cultural heritage. Enjoy his wonderful presentation here.

First international gathering of Middle East NGOs...

Mon, 21/05/2012
The first ever gathering of international civil society organisations for nature in post-Saddam Iraq has taken place in Sulaimaniya, Iraqi Kurdistan, hosted by BirdLife Partner Nature Iraq.

World Migratory Bird Day to be celebrated in...

Tue, 01/05/2012
Nature Iraq (BirdLife Partner), is proud to announce that the 10th BirdLife Middle East Partnership Meeting will be held from Friday 11th to Monday 14th of May 2012 in Sulaimaniya, Iraq

Joint Iraqi and UK team set to work on major new...

Wed, 18/04/2012
Thanks to a £300,000 (US$ 480,000) grant from Defra’s Darwin Initiative, a major new three year conservation programme is starting in Iraq.

Experts reach agreement on mainstreaming...

Mon, 24/10/2011
A Regional Declaration on hunting, guidelines for mainstreaming MSBs considerations into the hunting sector and a five year Regional Action Plan were agreed at the meeting.

Migratory soaring birds and the hunting sector...

Sat, 15/10/2011
Experts from around the Middle East, Europe and Africa will gather in Beirut to work on plans to conserve the Rift Valley/Red Sea migratory soaring birds flyway.

Hima Fund now available for Middle East IBAs

Fri, 07/10/2011
Funds are available for a traditional approach to conserving biodiversity and managing natural resources, the Hima system.

Record flock of Sociable Lapwings discovered in...

Fri, 11/02/2011
Exciting news has just reached us that a country record flock of 90+ Sociable Lapwings was present at Salalah in Oman on Christmas Day, 2010.

Miracle in the marshes of Iraq

Mon, 17/01/2011
A film documentary on the regeneration of Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshes, a project led by Azzad Alwash, the CEO of BirdLife Affiliate Nature Iraq, will get its first public screening tomorrow on the UK's BBC TV Channel. The documentary is being shown at 2000 GMT on BBC2's Natural World series...

Important Bird Areas in the Middle East

Mon, 10/01/2011
410 pages, Out of print. This book identifies and describes the 391 sites most important for the conservation of these birds and other biodiversity.

Nature Iraq Photo Exhibition - now online

Tue, 14/09/2010
For those who missed the recent photo exhibition about Nature Iraq's (BirdLife in Iraq) work, you can now view it on their website.

Birds of the Middle East

Thu, 26/08/2010
Simon Aspinall and Richard Porter have dedicated their new book 'Birds of the Middle East' to BirdLife International's Middle East conservation programme.