The Migratory Soaring Birds project (MSB) has currently three on-going national components: MSB Egypt, MSB Jordan and MSB Lebanon.
These components are the national projects which are currently being implemented by project partners in partnership with key organisations of the targeted sectors.
MSB Egypt is based in the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), which is incorporated within the Nature Conservation Sector (NCS) of the Egyptian Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA). MSB Egypt is technically supported by Nature Conservation in Egypt (NCE), BirdLife in Egypt.
MSB Egypt has established a strategic partnership with Jaz Hotels, Resorts & Cruises, a national hotel chain. This alliance is developing the concept of “flyway friendly “ tourism certification, raising awareness of the incredible migration of birds through the region for tourists to enjoy, and undertaking appropriate site management to encourage and support birds as they migrate through the hotel grounds.
In Addition, MSB Egypt has signed a MoU with the New and Renewable Energy Authority which will provide a framework of cooperation destined to incorporate and promote the conservation of migratory soaring birds and biodiversity in general within the energy sector in Egypt.
MSB Jordan is based within the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), BirdLife in Jordan. The MSB project is implemented through cooperative work between the wildlife law enforcement section at RSCN and different national institutions such as Royal Rangers, and Judiciary Council as well as Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture.
MSB Jordan is collaborating with the Royal Rangers, a specialized unit of the Public Security Department. The Royal Rangers, also known as the Environmental Police, are responsible for the enforcement of laws related to the protection of the environment. MSB Jordan supports the Royal Rangers by building their capacities and raising awareness of critical issues related to the protection of migratory birds. Through this partnership, MSB Jordan is ensuring that the conservation of migratory birds is firmly integrated with the implementation and enforcement of environmental laws in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
In addition, MSB Jordan works closely with local judges and hunters, providing them with training and raising their awareness.
MSB Lebanon is hosted by the Ministry of Environment. It is technically supported by BirdLife’s partner in Lebanon, the Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL).
MSB Lebanon has established a strategic partnership with the Higher Hunting Council (HHC). Through this alliance, MSB Lebanon plays a crucial role in the management of the hunting sector by setting the foundations for the implementation of the new hunting law, and therefore ensuring that the conservation of soaring birds is firmly integrated and enforced within the legislation.
MSB Lebanon is also targeting the energy sector in its future activities through the update of the National Physical Land Use Plan in cooperation with the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) and the tourism sector through the integration of birdwatching activities and the establishment of partnerships with the Ministry of Tourism and with ecotourism stakeholders.