Lattakia & Homs, 4th & 5th August 2019.
Convened by the Syrian Society for the conservation of Wildlife (SSCW) with patronage from Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR), and in cooperation with Ministry of Local Administration and Environment (MLAE) and with logistic support from Birdlife International.
The Society held two consultation meetings with participants from different stakeholders from governmental bodies, local communities, and research institutes involved in the surveying and field studies for monitoring Birds and other Biodiversity Components in the targeted regions.
These meetings aimed to get all stakeholders together and discuss the current situation of IBAs in Syrian with focus on the targeted geographical scopes of the meetings. Presentations from involved stakeholders and the Society presented the concept of IBAs and how to update the data as part of the monitoring scheme that SSCW committed to do as part of its commitment within Birdlife International.
The discussions at the end of the sessions shared a common understanding of the need to submit all available data where possible to SSCW in order to update the database using the right form of monitoring and updates. This will enable SSCW specialists to assess the current situation of the sites and ultimately update the data stored on the world database about IBAs within Birdlife International.
All participants were given the instructions to fill the forms directly or through their contacts and the ways to send them to SSCW in the future and bring any prospective source of information in contact to update the information of the sites in Syria.