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    ‘My Country’s Bird’ project to teach the new generation the importance of birds

    NewsBird NewsTuesday 11 October 2011
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    Qatar

    The Friends of Environment Centre (FEC) launched ‘My Country’s Bird’ project at a function held at the Katara Opera House.

    “This programme is mainly about environmental awareness, teaching the new generation in Qatar about the importance of birds in life,” Dr Elsadiq A Bashir, Director of Qatar Bird Project told The Peninsula.

    Under the auspices of H E Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani, ‘My Country’s Bird’ initiative is one of the programmes of Qatar Bird Project which gives focus on one bird every year.

    “This is an annual event which highlights one local bird. For 2012, we are focusing on house sparrow,” said Dr Bashir.

    He said all schools will be involved in the project conducting a slew of events and activities for the students on creating awareness on bird conservation which is critical to biodiversity.

    Among the activities which will be held in schools are lessons which will be integrated to teach students how to feed birds and how to follow their nesting behaviour, research, essay writing, and art activities like drawing pictures of the bird.

    The newly launched project shows how Qatar puts importance on taking care of birds and wildlife. At the opening ceremony of Birdlife’s 31st Global Council Meeting, which was held here, Sheikha Jawaher donated $1m to establish the Hima Fund, which provides grants to conserve Hima (an Arabic term which refers to a land which is protected from grazing and tree-cutting) and Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the Middle East.

    Dr Bashir, who also acts as coordinator of Hima Fund, said the fund is geared toward protecting endangered birds in 12 countries in the Middle East including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Palestine.

    The launching event featured musical and dance items from students of various schools. Sheikha Jawaher bint Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani graced the occasion along with other officials including Dr Saif Al Hajri,Chairman of FEC and Chairman of Hima Fund, Dr Bashir and other officials.

    Source: The Peninsula

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