Encouraging news for the Nubian Ibex
A new management and monitoring plan by the Shouf Biosphere Reserve
The Shouf Biosphere Reserve is looking to the future, with the long-term goal of reconstructing a wild living minimum viable population of Nubian Ibex (Capra nubiana) in the SBR and surroundings. Recently, with the support of international experts, the Reserve produced a management and monitoring plan, with guidelines and a strategy for avoiding conflict between Ibex and livestock, and a feasibility study and executive project for the initiative as an essential basis for the reintroduction of the animals into the wild. In addition, the Reserve, with lead partner Istituto Oikos, submitted a USD 25,000 grant request to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ, United Arab Emirates) which was approved. The review board of MBZ decided to honour this project with a Chairman’s Award, and they plan to visit the SBR this coming spring.
For more information: Marco Pagliani, Senior Technical Advisor, SBR