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The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of the Government of Sharjah, takes great pleasure in announcing the first Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula, which will be held on the 3rd and 4th of February 2010, at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.
The conference is being organized under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, in recognition of a decade of Sharjah Conservation Workshops and their achievements.
The conference has attracted regional and international experts in their fields. Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission is the keynote speaker with Dr Fareed Krupp, Dr Mark Stanley-Price, Dr Mohammed Shobrak and Dr Shahina Ghazanfar speaking on their specialist subjects, along with many other well-known local and international scientists and conservationists. Poster presentations illustrating current research and conservation projects from the around region will also be on display for the duration of the conference.
Participation in the conference is free but the number of participants is limited. To secure your place at the conference, please Register early to avoid disappointment. Flights and accommodation requirements are up to the individual. For general information on the emirate, please visit our Travel Information page. Details of accommodation in Sharjah can be found in the Where to Stay link.
We do hope that you and your colleagues will be able to attend this important conference and I look forward to a lively exchange of views and information, and opportunities to strengthen and extend the Biodiversity Network on the Arabian Peninsula, which we have jointly built over the past decade.
Abdulaziz al Midfa
Environment and Protected Areas Authority
The objectives of the conference are:
To present and discuss biodiversity conservation issues in the Arabian Peninsula
To review the present status of biodiversity conservation in the Middle East
To link up with scientists from the region and internationally
To identify opportunities and priorities for future biodiversity conservation
Presentations topics include:
WWF Ecoregions and habitats
Hotspots and species
Protected Area networks
Plant and habitat restorations
Freshwater Fish and Marine Conservation
Flyways and stop-overs
Dr Philip Seddon Director, Postgraduate Wildlife Management Program,
Zoology Department, University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr David Mallon Co-Chair, IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group,
Dr Michael Knight Head, Park Planning and Development Conservation
Services, South African National Parks
Registrations Close: 31 December 2009 TO 15 January 2010
Deadline for Poster Submissions: 31 December 2009
To Register and learn more click HERE