Dubai Municipality Marks World Migratory Bird Day
Dubai Municipality celebrated the official annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) on May 10, 2017 by organizing a seminar for professionals and educational institutes across UAE. This celebration is an international initiative of the General Secretariat of the Convention on the African – Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). WMBD was launched in 2006 as a campaign to raise awareness of the growing need for global cooperation to protect migratory birds and natural habitats.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (RAKWS) hosts many migratory birds which were highlighted under this year’s World Migratory Bird Day theme “Their Future is Our Future” focusing on eight local ambassador species: Greater Spotted Eagle, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Greater Flamingo, Black-Tailed Godwit, Osprey, European Turtle Dove, Sooty Falcon and Common Mallard.
The WMBD events for year 2017 included a symposium of local and international experts in the field of ornithology and conservation at the Falcon and Heritage Sports Center in Nadd Al Sheba on 10th May 2017. Whereas, on the 11th of May 2017, Dubai Municipality invited schools and other educational institutes to continue the celebration and spread awareness amongst the youth by participating in professional seminar.