Bird monitoring and visitor facilities at East Jahra Reserve
A team of experienced ornithologists and visitor centre planners from WWT and WWT Consulting are spending this week in Kuwait.
Employed by the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAFR) of Kuwait, under the UN-funded Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme (KERP), we visited the East Jahra Reserve on the edge of Kuwait City earlier this year in order to assess the possibilities to set up a bird monitoring scheme and to explore potential opportunities for the enhancement of visitor facilities.
The aim of this second trip is to establish a long-term bird monitoring programme, provide advice on habitat management and integration of visitor access plan and also provide recommendations on public engagement for the reserve and neighbouring Sulaibikhat Bay Marine Protected Area. The team will be working with a team of locals from PAAFR and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) to establish scientifically robust methodology for conducting waterbird counts, which will monitor the success of the conservation measures implemented under the KERP activities.