Houbara Bustard

Why is it important to teach our young to conserve?

  • to learn to observe and love all life around them
  • to understand that conserving a species is essential to conserving humanity
  • to comprehend their significance in the web of life
  • to encourage conservation of other species
  • to foster interests in conservation careers
  • to equip them with skills required to ensure a healthy planet

Conservation efforts by the UAE government

The variety of biodiversity in the UAE belies the stark and bare landscape that meets the eye on first glance. The environment is very fragile yet supports a diverse range of flora and fauna. Many species that were on the brink of extinction have been successfully conserved due to the foresight and dedication of our late President, H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Successful breeding programmes and conservation of habitats have prevented species like the Arabian Oryx, Sand Gazelle, Arabian Leopard, Arabian Tahr, Dugong, the Hawksbill Turtle, and the Houbara Bustard from becoming extinct. Besides this, conservation programmes aimed at releasing falcons back in the wild and using only falcons bred in captivity for hunting have been ongoing to protect these endangered birds of prey. By joining the Convention on Biodiversity in 2014 and the Convention on Migratory Species in 2016, the UAE government underlines the country's commitment to conserving its flora and fauna, both native and migratory.

How can participation in the CEHM Programme help the learner?

  • Facilitates project based learning in a learner centered programme
  • exposes students to the range of professionals engaged in conservation
  • builds 21st century skills in the learner
  • Creates direct, interactive and fun user-friendly site

Conservation Education with Special Focus on the Houbara (CEHM)

aims to provide schools and teachers with an engaging and dynamic platform to make learning everything about conservation more direct, palpable and fun for the students.

Objectives of this project

  • to increase knowledge and awareness about the need and efforts at species conservation and sustainability using the Houbara Bustard as a flagship species
  • to understand how sustainable habitats form the foundation for all conservation efforts
  • to understand how conservation of the Houbara Bustard is conservation of the national heritage
  • to build 21st century skills through a holistic future oriented programme builds skills in young learners like communication tools, is future oriented, and so has all the ingredients to enhance sustainability

By helping make conservation education a direct experience for your school, the CEHM will help nurture students to understand how conservation of one species helps conserve many others, and improve their knowledge of the necessity of achieving sustainability in every sense.


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