Migratory Soaring Birds Project - 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.


  • Development of a pioneer sensitivity mapping tool for the wind energy sector in the Rift Valley / Red Sea region.
  • Development of guidance material for mainstreaming soaring birds’ conservation into the energy sector.
  • Completion of a regional workshop on mainstreaming soaring birds’ conservation into the energy sector that focused on showcasing best practices for risk management to birds from renewable energy sources developed by the project.
  • Completion of a capacity assessment report that identifies the training needs of national partners and will guide future capacity building activities.
  • Administration of strategic communication capacity building workshop to environmental non-governmental and governmental organizations.
  • Awareness raising around bird conservation issues through the participation to international events such as the World Migratory Bird Day.
  • Promotion of the project through the organization of several national workshops in project countries

Expected outputs

The Migratory Soaring Birds project works towards

  • 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 $ 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
Project start date:
31 April 2008
Estimated end date:
31 March 2015
Focus Area:
Biodiversity / Soaring Birds
Implementing Partner:
Birdlife International
Project Budget:
3,892,243.00 USD
Regional Project: Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen