Written by BirdLife International
Conservation scientists and government officials from fourteen countries spanning three continents are meeting in Syria today to plan collaborative conservation action that aims to prevent the extinction of the Critically Endangered Sociable Lapwing. Countries which have sent representatives include, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Russia, Saudia Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey and United Kingdom.
Migrating Sociable Lapwings. Image courtesy of BirdLife International
The event marks the inaugural meeting of the Sociable Lapwing International Working Group which was recently formed under the Africa Eurasia Waterbirds Agreement (AEWA) and takes place in Palmyra, from 18th – 20th March.
The meeting is hosted by the General Commission for Al Badia Management and Development (GCB) and the Syrian Ministry of State for Environment Affairs and is facilitated by the Syrian Society for Conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) BirdLife’s Affiliate in Syria and The BirdLife International Middle East Secretariat. While conducted in English, simultaneous Arabic interpretation is being provided.