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The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of the Government of Sharjah, hosted the first Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula, between the 3rd and 4th of February 2010, at the American University of Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates.


The conference was organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr 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 attracted regional and international experts in their fields. Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission was 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.


The conference also served as a forum for exchanging views and information, and provided an opportunity to strengthen and extend the Biodiversity Network on the Arabian Peninsula.


The proceedings of the Conference and the Conservation Workshop, held in the day’s preceding the conference, is now available on the Downloads page.


The objectives of the conference were:

  •        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 included:

  •     WWF Ecoregions and habitats
  •      Hotspots and species
  •      Protected Area networks
  •      Animal Reintroductions
  •      Plant and habitat restorations
  •       Freshwater Fish and Marine Conservation
  •       Flyways and stop-overs
  •       Climate change