NEPCO, RSCN agree to protect migratory birds

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AMMAN — The National Electric Power Company (NEPCO) and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in preserving the environment, biodiversity, and migratory birds, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The memorandum was signed by NEPCO’s Director-General Amjad Al-Rawashdeh, and the RSCN’s Director-General Fadi Nasser.

It stipulates that both entities will collaborate in conducting studies and implementing mitigating measures in electricity transmission projects that are geographically located in migratory bird routes, as well as the mechanism for protecting migratory bird routes and biodiversity.

The memorandum is the outcome of joint efforts to improve cooperation and commitment to putting preventative measures into place to reduce threats to migratory birds on the one hand, and to protect electricity lines on the other, as bird electrocution is one of the major threats to birds locally and globally.

Rawashdeh said that the company has taken effective steps to protect the environment by adhering to national legislation on the protection of the environment and conducting impact assessment studies for its various electric transmission projects.

He emphasized the company’s full commitment to implementing the highest international standards for protecting birds in electrical transport projects in order to maintain the status of Jordan as a safe path for migratory birds.

Following a briefing on the RSCN’s role in nature conservation, Nasser emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts to preserve the environment and the biosphere.

According to Raed Bani Hani, acting secretary-general of the Ministry of Environment, approximately 1 million birds pass through Jordan each year, highlighting the importance of the Kingdom’s role in protecting migratory birds.

For his part, Ibrahim Khader, the regional director of BirdLife International, which is the international partner of the RSCN, said birds are an important indicator of the quality of the environment, pointing to the need to provide protection for migratory birds that are threatened by hunting and electrocution.

Jordan is home to a huge variety of bird species, according to a 2013 publication by the RSCN, which also revealed that more than 400 species, belonging to 66 families, have been recorded in the Kingdom.

Of these, about 70 species are breeding residents, 20 are migrants that are only present during the non-breeding season, and more than 300 are migrants which pass through the country between their breeding and non-breeding grounds. Among the total bird species recorded, less than 100 are considered rarel, and three are considered introduced. 

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