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Palestine Wildlife Society Portal

Dear Friends and Supporters:,

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Palestine Wildlife Society.

Palestine Wildlife Society is an active, professional, Non-Profit Organization whose scope of work covers the West Bank and Gaza with a multidimensional mission aiming at the conservation and enhancement of the biodiversity and wildlife in Palestine.

Palestine is known for its unique combination of resources and species of birds, plants and mammals; all of which make Palestine the ideal region to study for biologists, researchers, archeologists and many others. Despite Palestine’s significance, there have been minimal efforts to protect and conserve the natural areas and wildlife. Many of the natural habitats are rapidly being polluted and destroyed, which is resulting in the endangerment of numerous species of plants, birds, and mammals, and which ultimately negatively effects the human population. Thus, in response to urgent need to conserve the region, Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) was established in 1999 in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem District) just 10 Km south of Jerusalem..

From its inception, PWLS has been a full partner with Birdlife International in regards to the IBA's Chapter and has pursued clear objectives regarding environmental education and the conservation of the nature and biodiversity. Over the years, PWLS has demonstrated its dedication and effectiveness in raising environmental awareness throughout the region.

PWLS strives to fulfill its mission through its programs and activities. Some of our programs include:

Establishing two Wildlife Monitoring and Ringing/banding Stations, training local & regional Ecologists on Nature Conservation and Management, Environmental Education of school children, educating tour guides on Eco-Tourism, and training teachers, farmers, heads of households, women and students to be proactive leaders their community concerning environmental issues. In addition to these programs, PWLS conducts research on environmental issues & works on developing new methods of conservation. PWLS also produces videos, brochures and other publications in order to facilitate the environmental education of both the members of local and international communities.

At present, one of PWLS’ main focuses is Conservation Education. PWLS believes that Conservation Education is the main pillar in the conservation movement of any region. Therefore we have worked intensively in the field of awareness and education. As a result of our efforts, the subject of conservation of the environment was added to the national education curriculum of the Ministry of Education in Palestine and was part of the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Palestine with Ministry of Environmental Affairs.

Should you wish to cooperate with Palestine Wildlife Society, we shall be pleased work with you on the behalf of conservation of the environment and wildlife of the region. We would also greatly appreciate any financial support to maintain existing programs, develop new projects or conduct further research activities.

Finally, we would like to thank you for your interest and to express our deep appreciation for your cooperation with Palestine Wildlife Society.
Sincerely Yours,
Palestine Wildlife Society

Legal Protection of Biodiversity in Palestine

Important Bird Areas in Palestine Anonymous writes "
Legal Protection of Biodiversity
By Sami Backleh
This week in Palestine

It is a known fact that Palestine contains a great wealth of biodiversity resources in terms of the number of species, ecosystems, and landscapes.

Although considered small in terms of landmass, Palestine displays a wide variation in elevations and geology, leading to a broad range of habitats, which is reflected in a high diversity of plants and animals.

This diversity is needed for humanity to survive. People all over the world depend on plants and animals for food, medicine, and raw materials to manufacture clothing and building materials. Species and ecosystems regulate our climate, clean our freshwater, regulate and clean atmospheric gases, treat our waste, generate and clean our soil, recycle nutrients, and pollinate our crops. In other words, at no cost to us, biodiversity supports the human being.

When there is less diversity in nature, ecosystems become less productive.

Species and biological communities have difficulty adapting to change, but humans suffer too. Economic opportunities and the quality of life of future generations are put at risk.

Yet it has been asserted that virtually all the earth’s ecosystems have been dramatically transformed through human actions, and ecosystems continue to be converted for agricultural and other uses. It has been said that the current loss of biodiversity and the related changes in the environment are now occurring faster than ever before in human history and there is no sign of this process slowing down. Many animal and plant populations have declined in numbers and geographical spread. Species extinction is a natural part of the earth’s history. Yet scientists have revealed that human activity has increased the extinction rate by at least 100 times compared to the natural rate.

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Forests as Important Bird Areas in Palestine

Important Bird Areas in Palestine Anonymous writes "Palestine, as a part of the Eastern Mediterranean region in West Asia, consists of the most complicated ecosystem in the world. It comprises plants and animals from most of the Old World. In addition to the prolonged influence of human activities, several other factors account for the development of rich biodiversity, e.g., habitat, species, and genetic diversity.

Palestine is famous for its unique central location with respect to the three continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, where there are an estimated 530 species of birds and 3,000 species of plants; hence it is considered a major and important route for migratory birds such as storks, pelicans, and raptors (including the Lesser Kestrel, Honey Buzzard, Lesser Spotted Eagle, and Egyptian Vulture), which use the Jordan Valley, Jericho, and Jerusalem mountain routes. It also corresponds with the criteria of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Palestine, as Jericho is one of the major pathways during migration times as well as an important spot for residency and breeding birds. (For more information, visit
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Dead Sea Sparrow

Important Bird Areas in Palestine baha2 writes "
The Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer moabiticus), as its name suggests, is a breeding bird around the River Jordan, Dead Sea, and into Iraq, Iran and western Afghanistan. Breeding recorded in Cyprus (1981/1982) but is probably extinct there now Cyprus. It is migratory or dispersive, although the regular wintering grounds of this nomadic species are largely unknown, except that the eastern race winters in Pakistan. Flocks of the nominate western race have been found in winter further south in the Middle East.
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Bird ringing list for spring 2007

Birds of Palestine baha2 writes "
from Octobor 2006 until now Palestine Wildlife Society has developed its scheme for bird ringing (banding) in palestine . So the ringed birds has been increased in number in the spring 2007, and all the birds has been caught in Jericho Station for monitoring the wildlife by the ringers: Baha' ishaq and Talal Bni Odeh.

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Bird ringing

Birds of Palestine baha2 writes "The science of studying bird is ornithology
Bird ringing is a scientific method for identifying birds individually and the term always implies the use of metal leg-rings, stamped or engraved with a serial number and the address of a recognized ringing organization. The numbered rings make it possible to recognize each bird individually if it is found dead (a recovery) or recaught (a retrap) at a later date. The term “ringing” is currently used in Britain, Europe and Africa, while “banding” is used in the Americas, Canada, Australia and most Asian countries."
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