Saker Conservation and Falconry
This is a web-site built for the Saker Task Force (STF) which was set up under the Raptors MOU of the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS). The site is run by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), working together with CMS, Birdlife International and IUCN.
During 2012-14, the CMS-STF worked with researchers, falconers and other conservationists to draft a Saker Falcon Global Action Plan (SakerGAP), which was adopted by the CMS conference of parties at Quito, Ecuador in November 2014. The SakerGAP proposed flagship projects for managing and monitoring the species. This site, which provides information in English for researchers, veterinarians and other practitioners, is part of the first project.
It links to a multilingual hub which is for falconers, trappers, veteriarians, land managers and local communities across Asia and North Africa. That hub carries much information on wild and trained sakers, their breeding, migration, health and the results of a survey during 2016 and 2017 of those whose passion and livelihoods involve the Saker Falcon. It is intended that the hub should eventually have satellites run by stakeholders in each language-region used by the Saker, as one of several networked assemblies of satellites and hubs run by IUCN-SUME.
The hub is in Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Mongolian, Pashto and Russian (with Hindi, Mandarin and Urdu to follow shortly), thanks to the efforts of Aamir Khan, Akanksha Singh, Dashka Tserendeleg, Farooq Khan, Julian Mühle, Kamran Khan, Omar Ahmad, Reza Kiamarzy, Sara Ichinkhorloo, Tetiana Gardashuk, Véronique Blontrock & Zhenwei Mann. The hub, which will in due course network to regional and national sites in each language, was launched in Abu Dhabi at a workshop in August 2019.
This site is also a resource for those wishing for links to Saker project information, to partners in this project and to reports and scientific articles on the Saker Falcon, including a bibliography of 844 papers. There is also a 2-page factsheet that gives a useful overview of the SakerGAP.
27 Aug 2019
Workshop in Abu Dhabi on Bird Trade
14 Nov 2018
SUME at RRF 2018
09 Oct 2016
Middle East & North African IAF Members at ADIHEX