The National Compnents of MSB Project tranche II
The Migratory Soaring Birds project (MSB) has currently continued with one national component: MSB Egypt headed by Mr. Osamah Al-Gebali.
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.
National Project Manager
Osama El-Gebaly is an Egyptian national with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Chemistry. He is a professional ecologist with 14 years’ experience in the marine, coastal and terrestrial environment supported by a profound knowledge of ecosystems and sustainable development disciplines, such as habitat research and rehabilitation, environmental impact assessment (EIA), the management of protected areas and environmental project management. Osama is a passionate birdwatcher and adventurer and enjoys diving and off-road driving.
National project Assistant
Joined the work with the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) in 1996, have more than 24 years of experience with many environmental and socio economic aspects. Lead many environmental projects funded by international agencies e.g. Global Environmental Facility (GEF) – United Nations Development Program (UNDP) – European Union (EU). Have a master degree in Environmental science (Biodiversity conservation) and have got all PhD courses in Environmental management, currently enrolled PhD degree at Ain Shams University. Professional experience includes Environmental project management and planning, community based natural resources management, sustainable development and socio economic related aspects.
The National Compnents of MSB Project tranche I:
The Migratory Soaring Birds project (MSB) had three national components: MSB Egypt, MSB Jordan and MSB Lebanon.
These components are the national projects which had implemented by project partners in partnership with key organisations of the targeted sectors.
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.
Abdel Razzaq Al Hmoud
National Project Manager
Abdel Razzaq Al-Hmoud is a Jordanian national with a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management. Abdel joined the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in Jordan (RSCN) in 2002 as an Educational Officer. He subsequently joined the research and survey section where he was in charge of developing and conducting avifaunal baselines surveys and monitoring programs within protected areas in the kingdom. Abdel is a fervent supporter of the conservation cause and believes firmly that the solution should not come solely from conservationists but rather collectively with society.
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.
Dr. Saleem Hamadeh
National Project Manager
Dr. Saleem Hamadeh is a Lebanese national with a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. Dr. Hamadeh has extensive experience in national and regional project management, with over 15 years of managing UN & EU projects. He served as an advisor for several Ministers in Lebanon such as Minister of Environment, Public Health, Industry, Youth and Sports, and Displaced. His advisory role is on the management of international projects and maintaining good relations with international funds. His experience has created several public relation channels which are an asset to the Lebanese component of the MSB project.