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Online platform to boost Arabian Oryx conservation efforts in the region
June 22, 2014
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The General Secretariat for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx, hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, has launched its revamped website www.arabianoryx.org, in a bid to enhance cooperation efforts across the region to help protect the species. The enhanced website aims to provide researchers, members of the General Secretariat and the general public with a platform to connect on matters related to the Arabian Oryx. The General Secretariat for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx was established in 2001 following the International Abu Dhabi Conference for the Arabian Oryx hosted by the United Arab Emirates. It is a regional initiative aimed at coordinating and unifying the conservation efforts of the Arabian Oryx in the Arabian Peninsula. So far...

The General Secretariat for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx, hosted by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, has launched its revamped website www.arabianoryx.org, in a bid to enhance cooperation efforts across the region to help protect the species. The enhanced website aims to provide researchers, members of the General Secretariat and the general public with a platform to connect on matters related to the Arabian Oryx.

The General Secretariat for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx was established in 2001 following the International Abu Dhabi Conference for the Arabian Oryx hosted by the United Arab Emirates. It is a regional initiative aimed at coordinating and unifying the conservation efforts of the Arabian Oryx in the Arabian Peninsula. So far, the region’s conservation efforts have achieved international recognition and have resulted in a major success for the species, when its threat category was changed from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2011.

The bi-lingual website features the latest Arabian Oryx statistics, history, physical characteristics, diet, behaviour, habitat, and distribution range and conservation initiatives in the region. Its interactive blogs and forums allow users to engage and contribute to discussions about this iconic species.

Dr Majid Sultan Al Qassimi, Director of Terrestrial Biodiversity at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), said, "The UAE considers restoring Arabian Oryx herds to their native habitats a priority that is in line with H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Project which was launched in 2007. We are proud to host the General Secretariat and to support the Government of Abu Dhabi’s conservation efforts of this vulnerable species. This region is the only native habitat of the Arabian Oryx. This unique antelope species used to roam freely in the plains and deserts and is capable of adapting to the unique and arid environment.”

“This website has been designed to assist countries including Kingdom of Bahrain, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Syria, the UAE, and Yemen, all of which have committed to unifying their efforts to protect the Arabian Oryx. It will provide them with updates on the status of their Arabian Oryx populations, and allow them to share their conservation projects and initiatives,” he added.

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