Migratory soaring birds in Jordan


The project aims to conserve more than 1.5 million of birds that migrate every year within the extended Rift Valley area in Jordan by using and improving existing law enforcement practices. This is being done through targeting the community of hunters in Jordan.


  • Disconnection of Port Sudan Killer Line

The infamous Port Sudan power line, which is estimated to have electrocuted hundreds and perhaps thousands of Endangered Egyptian Vultures since its construction in the 1950s, was switched off. This decisive action follows years of work by BirdLife Partner BSPB (BirdLife in Bulgaria), and BirdLife’s UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project and its local NGO Partner, the Sudanese Wildlife Society.

  • Signing of Responsible Hunting Declaration

Prominent Hunters from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Yemen and Ethiopia have pledged to respect responsible hunting principles when they signed a Regional Declaration on Responsible Hunting during a ceremony organised in coordination with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), BirdLife in Lebanon.

  • World Migratory Bird Day 2012/2013/2014

The Migratory Soaring Birds project gathered hundreds of people in various countries of the Rift Valley / Red Sea flyway to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. Celebratory events, organized in each country by the national MSB project partner, emphasized the importance of efficient collaboration between specific target sectors and the conservation of migratory soaring birds. Major national stakeholders from the targeted sectors actively participated in these events, showing an interest and a desire to better understand how to integrate the conservation of birds in their day to day activities and business.

  • Development of National Sustainable Hunting Management Plan for Syria

Upon the request of the Syrian government, The Syrian Society for the Conservation of Wildlife, with the support of the MSB project, has developed a short term sustainable hunting management action plan that intends to pave the way towards the implementation of the incoming hunting law and draw the needed socio‐economic, political, cultural and institutional environment within which policies and laws will be enforced.

Who Finances it?

Donor Name Amount contributed
GEF $ 347,000

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Delivery
2009 $ 27,000
2010 $ 61,000
2011 $ 79,000
2012 $ 50,000
Project start date:
January 2008
Estimated end date:
May, 2015
Focus Area:
Biodiversity Conservation/ Soaring Birds
Implementing Partner:
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).
Project Budget:
USD 347,000
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