Migratory soaring birds - Regional component


The project aims to integrate conservation of migratory soaring birds into relevant sectors, namely agriculture, energy, hunting, waste management and tourism, in 11 countries along the Rift Valley / Red Sea Flyway.

To conserve migratory soaring birds, we build partnerships and strategic alliances with private businesses, NGOs, governments, international organizations and on-going initiatives in these sectors. We also call on the concept of hospitality towards visiting guests, a concept deeply rooted in the culture of our region.

Finally, we ask for an understanding of the services that birds provide.


  • Developed and published code of best practices for responsible hunting and the full protection of Migratory Soaring Birds
  • Developed guidance material for mainstreaming soaring birds’ conservation into the agriculture, energy, waste management and tourism sectors
  • Developed pioneer sensitivity mapping tool for the wind energy sector in the Rift Valley / Red Sea region
  • Facilitated the disconnection and insulation of Port Sudan infamous transmission line responsible for the deaths of thousands of soaring birds
  • Contributed to the development of resolutions on poisoning and energy adopted by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
  • Facilitated Syria’s signing of CMS Raptor MOU
  • Contributed to the development of a new hunting law in Syria that protects Migratory Soaring Birds.

Expected outputs

  • Raising awareness about the importance of the Rift Valley / Red Sea flyway and the soaring birds that migrate through it every year.
  • Altering the social and cultural behaviors of key people working within sectors that present threats or opportunities to the flyway
  • Building the capacity of relevant national and regional organizations to integrate soaring birds conservation within their work.
  • Promoting flyway friendly practices through content and tools destined to be used at both national and regional levels

Who Finances it?

Donor Name Amount contributed per year
GEF USD 3,892,243

Delivery in previous fiscal year

Year Delivery
2008 $ 47,000
2009 $ 206,000
2010 $ 35,000
2011 $ 463,000
2012 $ 81,000

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