Click hereQara Dagh is a mountain ridge with dense oak woodlands located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. It is home to one of the most elusive predators on the planet: the Persian leopard. This extremely rare predator became the focus and flagship for the establishment of the first nature reserve in the entire region, the Qara Dagh Nature Reserve.
Qara Dagh is famous for many things, but until recently, nature conservation was not one of them. The local nature conservation NGO Nature Iraq listed Qara Dagh as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) and is responsible for the establishment and management of the reserve.
This year, IUCN NL celebrates the 20th anniversary of the IUCN NL land acquisition fund, which allowed over 100 NGOs to protect and connect the – often fragmented – habitats of endangered species. We proudly present the stories of these local partners and their conservation efforts in an extensive anniversary report.
Proud to be featured in this anniversary report of the IUCN NL land acquisition fund.
Our project to 'Protect the Persian Leopard in Kurdistan' (Page: 48-50), along other great projects like community engagement in Colombia to ensure the survival of the Cotton-top Tamarin, creating safe nesting grounds for extremely rare birds… Are some examples of many conservation efforts supported by @IUCNNL: https://bit.ly/3jkfLPn
An Egyptian Vulture tracked in the frame of Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project was lost in April 2020 in Iraq. Its name is Loma - an adult vulture tagged with GPS transmitter in December 2019 in Ethiopia. After spending few months in Afar, Loma started his spring migration on 21st March. He crossed the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb to reach Yemen and headed north through Saudi Arabia. For only 12 days Loma travelled over 3,000 km to reach its breeding grounds in the mountains of Kurdistan region in Iraq. It settled in a mountainous area west of Erbil and was regularly roosting on high-voltage powerline. Apparently, the vulture was looking for a breeding territory and a partner, but in the afternoon of 15th April he suddenly stopped moving. His GPS tracker started walking on the mountain paths and descending towards a village with a human pace. On the next day, the transmitter was brought to a house in the suburbs of Hajiawa town. It was clear that Loma came to a tragic end.
EJ InSight: Reporting from Iraq — with Both Camera and Notebook
EDITOR’S NOTE: In this issue, SEJournal launches a new quarterly section devoted to visual journalism — Environmental Journalism InSight. Edited by former SEJournal photo editor Roger Archibald, it will explore the whole range of photojournalism, videography, information graphics and data visualization, and how those specialties are combining more and more with traditional print reporting. Starting today with Erica Gies, contributors will share their experiences into how they’re adapting to the new concept of multimedia journalism, and provide valuable insights into helping us all do the same.
By Erica Gies
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