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Workshops and events

MAFRC participates in training on the identification criteria for…

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, at the Natural History Museum of Marrakech, a training workshop was held on the criteria for identifying Moroccan raptors. This training was given by Mohamed Radi of GREPOM (Groupe de Recherche pour la Protection des Oiseaux au Maroc), Karim Rousselon of AMFCR (Association Marocaine pour la Fauconnerie et la Conservation des Rapaces) and Fabrice Cuzin (Consultant in protected areas and impact studies), in partnership with Cady Ayyad University (UCA), the Natural History Museum of Marrakech and the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD).

 The objectives of the training were to strengthen the capacity to identify birds in the wild, in particular within the framework of the ATLAS Programme for the National Census of Birds of Prey in Morocco. The ATLAS Programme should eventually allow the acquisition of data to better understand the dynamics of raptor populations in Morocco, in order to optimize the Conservation of species that have been deemed most threatened.

The audience present consisted of members of GREPOM and other NGOs, representatives of the DREF (Regional administration of the High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification) and PhD students from the UCA.

The workshop started at 9am with a presentation by Mr Karim Rousselon of the ATLAS Programme for the census of raptors in the Mediterranean region initiated by IUCN, while emphasizing the contribution of HCEFLCD and Moroccan NGOs as well as the modalities for the implementation of this census project.

This workshop was attended by about twenty participants made up of members of GREPOM, representatives of the Regional Directorate of Water and Forests of the High Atlas (DREF), PhD students and a representative of a Saffron Association. The Powerpoint presentation was made by Mr. Radi Mohamed (Coordinator of the Marrakech-Haut Atlas-GREPOM unit) and was presented by Mr. Karim Rousselon, President of the AMFCR (Moroccan Association for Sausage and Raptor Conservation), with the participation of Mr. Fabrice Cuzin.

Frequent exchanges between participants and trainers punctuated the presentation. The quality of the presentation and the information provided by the speakers contributed not only to the acquisition of techniques and methods for identifying birds of prey, but also to the enrichment of knowledge of the ecology, behaviour and distribution of these birds in Morocco.

At the end of the presentation, the question and answer session was followed by a coffee break and the workshop ended at 12:30 pm, after the photo of the group of participants. Further such sessions will be organized in the future.

Workshops and events

AMFCR attends the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the…


In Bamberg, Germany, the Moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptors Conservation participated on October 22 at the General Assembly of the International Association for Falconry and Preservation of Birds of Prey (IAF). The two flagship events this year were the IAF’s 50th anniversary celebration and the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri as its head.


 MAFRC participated from October 21-24 in Bamberg, Germany, to the IAF Annual General Meeting. The non-profit organization’s mission is to safeguard the Art of Falconry and has a network of some 115 clubs and specialized institutions in more than 90 countries around the world. Several activities were on the agenda of this assembly, but the specificity of this year was the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri, who replaces Dr. Adrian Lombard as President of the IAF.

Another anniversary was also celebrated, that of the Falkenorden (DFO), the main organization of German Falconry, and affiliated to the IAF. The AMFCR was notably invited to the meeting of the National Delegates as well as to the various flying hunts.

Election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri, first IAF Arab President:

Another highlight that has taken place this year is the election of His Excellency Majid Mansouri to head the IAF. This is the first time since the creation of the IAF that a president of Arab origin is elected at its head. During his tenure as IAF Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa region, His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri developed the IAF strategy for this region.

As a founding member and Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, he contributed to the Sheikh Zayed program, releasing more than 1,600 hawks into the wild. He also founded the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and worked on projects to increase the number of Houbaras. In 2008, His Excellency Majid Al Mansouri received the “Best Environmental Personality” award at the Gulf States Cooperation Council.


Recovery & Rehabilitation

Raptors Conservation: MAFRC participates in the third national workshop

During the third workshop for the development of a raptors conservation strategy in Morocco, the MAFRC presented the results of its achievements as well as its project of National Center for the Rehabilitation of Raptors.

The High Commission for Water and Forests and the Fight against Desertification (HCEFLCD) in collaboration with the IUCN Mediterranean Cooperation Center (IUCN-Med) and the Regional Government of Andalusia, organized, from 2 to the 4th October 2018 at Jbel Moussa, a series of trainings on the methods of census and monitoring of birds of prey. The event is part of the series of activities developed for a transfer of knowledge on endangered raptor conservation between technicians and managers from both shores of the Mediterranean.

The MAFRC reveals the results of its rehabilitations

During this third workshop for the development of a raptor conservation strategy in Morocco, the MAFRC presented the report about the rehabilitated raptors during these last 10 months in its provisional center. Participants commended the efforts of the AMFCR and the encouraging results that have been achieved: more than a third of the rehabilitated birds have been able to return to Nature. At the end of the presentation, the AMFCR revealed its plan to create a National Raptor Rehabilitation Center currently under preparation.

On the sidelines of the event, the AMFCR released a rehabilitated griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus). The bird was found in the Bir Jdid area last September. Contacted by the citizen who retrieved it, the AMFCR made the trip and then undertook to rehabilitate the bird of prey, which was not injured but appeared to be suffering from extreme fatigue.

Towards a first census of rupicolous raptors

This third workshop aimed to establish a roadmap in partnership with Moroccan ornithologists of all kinds –GOMAC, AMFCR, AGIR, GREPOM, ASARA– and officials of concerned authorities – HCEFLCD, Royal Gendarmerie – in order to achieve a better knowledge of those species in Morocco. This training is organized within the framework of the project “Safe Flyways – reducing energy infrastructure related to bird mortality in the Mediterranean”, funded by MAVA Foundation.

Several presentations and debates took place during the three days in order to organize a first census of raptors in Morocco. All the participants agreed on the urgent need to carry out this enumeration then a follow-up, which will make it possible to make the good diagnoses and action plans necessary to save threatened species of raptors in Morocco.

Workshops and events

Workshop: Identification of Raptors in flight

Jbel Moussa: MAFRC took part in the first training to identify Raptors in flight from 27 to 29 April 2018. This workshop was organized by Rachid El Khamlichi (Grepom unit north-west), a leading specialist in the Raptors of the Detroit region of Gibraltar.

As part of the reinforcement of the knowledge of birds of prey in Morocco, the group for the study and protection of Birds of Morocco (GREPOM) organized from 27 to 29 April 2018, in partnership with the High Commissioner for Water and forests and the fight against dis Desertification (HCEFLCD), and with the support of the commune of Taghramt, the first training to identify Raptors in flight at Jbel Moussa. Participated in the event several associations of conservation of Raptors in Morocco, including the Association of Friends of Raptors ASARA (AGADIR), ornithology Group of Morocco GOMAC (Meknes), the Moroccan Association of Falconry and Conservation of Raptors AMFCR (Témara), professors and students from various universities of the kingdom. The Chiefs of the wildlife monitoring and control units of the Regional Directorate of Water and Forests (DREF-RIF) also participated. Among the officials were present: the Kingpin of Taghramt, the commanders of the environmental Centres of the Royal Gendarmerie of Tetouan and Tangier, as well as the commander and officers of the Brigade of the Royal Gendarmerie of Ksar Sghir.

During the day of 28 April, and after a visit to the Centre for the recovery and reintroduction of the Griffon vultures of Jbel Moussa, participants had the opportunity to attend the presentations. Also exhibited some of the material used to track wildlife, brochures and field guides.

Three presentations were presented. The first on the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean (RBIM) by Mr Rachid Abou Alouafae, head of the partnership Service for the Conservation and Development of natural resources (DREFLCD – Rif).

The second on the strategy of the migration of raptors by the Strait of Gibraltar, presented by Mr Rachid El Akudirinwa, regional coordinator of the research group for the Protection of birds in Morocco, (GREPOM/Birdlife).

And the third, presented by Mr. Karim Rousseln, president of the Moroccan Association of falconry and Conservation of Raptors (AMFCR), explaining the techniques and methodology on the identification of raptors in flight.

As a result of these, a discussion was opened, allowing interested persons to deepen their knowledge on more technical aspects.

On 29 April, participants took advantage of a practical session on the ground, allowing the observation of several species of raptors in migration (prenuptial), under the guidance of the trainers. Observation equipment and field guides were provided to the participants.

The closing of the event was marked by the delivery of a training certificate to all participants. One more step to raise awareness of the protection of the biotope and species in Morocco has been taken.

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MAFRC Participates in Regional Workshop on Conservation and Development…

The Moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptor’s Conservation (MAFRC) participates Thursday, November 30, 2017, in El Jadida, the regional workshop on the conservation and development of Falconry.

As part of the operationalization of the regional plan of the Law 29-05, the Regional Direction of Water and Forests and the fight against the Desertification of the Center organizes the launching workshop of the “Regional program of conservation and development patrimonial of Falconry “on November 30, 2017 in El Jadida.

This workshop allowed to associate a broad spectrum of institutional partners, scientists as well as associations of falconers.

The organization of this falconry workshop is not only an opportunity to bring falconry into compliance with the legal provisions of the CITES 29-05 Act, but will also be a first step in operationalizing the program. heritage conservation.




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MAFRC involved in the development of a national raptor…

The MAFRC participated from 19 to 20 April 2017 in an international workshop for the elaboration of a national strategy for the conservation of birds of prey in Morocco.

 Rabat was held from April 19-20, 2017, as a preliminary workshop for the development of the National Raptor Conservation Strategy. Coordinated by HCEFLCD and IUCN-Med, this workshop was organized as part of the project “Developing and Implementing Species Action Plans in Mediterranean Countries: Improving Management Capacity for Conservation of the Mediterranean Sea”. threatened species in the Maghreb.

The event brought together various profiles related to the theme of raptors: national and local authorities, IUCN Commission Members and members of local nature conservation associations (experts from the Specialist Group of Experts). IUCN, GREPOM / Birdlife Morocco, the Ornithology Group of Morocco (GOMAC) and the Association of Friends of Raptors (ASARA)), as well as international experts-representatives of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species belonging to the Wildlife (CMS) – and experts on the conservation and reintroduction of raptors from the Regional Ministry of the Environment of Andalusia (Spain).

The main threats to birds of prey in Morocco were mentioned and prioritized (electrocution, poisoning, etc …), allowing participants to establish a roadmap for the development of the first version of a strategy. of raptors in Morocco, aligned with the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Africa and Eurasia and its Multi-Species Action Plan for the Conservation of African-Eurasian Vultures .

Workshops and events

AMFCR Attends Second National Workshop on Raptor Conservation

In Rabat, the HCEFLCD and IUCN-Med organized a training workshop on 14 and 15 May 2018 on the identification and mitigation of the impact of electricity infrastructure on birdlife. On the sidelines of the event, an agreement was signed between the HCEFLCD and the European Foundation for Conservation and Falconry (EFFC). The AMFCR, within the framework of this convention, will play the role of relay between the 2 signatories

Since 2015, the Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD), in collaboration with the IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and other partners in the region, have been developing knowledge transfer activities related to the conservation of endangered raptors between technicians and managers from both shores of the Mediterranean. In this context, and following the roadmap agreed in previous seminars, the HCEFLCD and IUCN-Med organized a training workshop on 14-15 May in Rabat on the identification and mitigation of the impact of electric infrastructures on the avifauna.

The main objective of this workshop – which follows the workshop organized on April 19 and 20, 2017 – is to promote the exchange and transfer of knowledge and experience gained about the identification, adaptation and correction of dangerous power lines for birds. The workshop brought together 34 participants including representatives and staff of HCEFLCD, ONEE, members of NGOs involved in the conservation of birds of Morocco and in the energy sector (ENDESA).

The workshop is part of an initiative promoted by the IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation to reduce the threat of death of raptors by electrocution or collision with energy infrastructure in North Africa , in collaboration with governments and electricity companies, and with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Mava Foundation.

During the workshop, the participants recognized the importance of the problem in Morocco, the role of each actor and the need for collaboration and multisectoral work to advance in the implementation of solutions and a strategic plan in Morocco. National level. The discussions of the working groups show that, at the Moroccan level, there is the will to move in this direction.

At the technical level, the speakers showed the importance of taking actions to protect the avifauna in Morocco and the existence of solutions. Effective devices to reduce or neutralize the danger of power lines and associated structures already exist, to prevent birds from colliding with them or being electrocuted. Participants also appreciated the presentation of methods for the characterization of power lines, for the development of a risk map and for the prioritization of actions to be carried out.

At the level of the organization and the training experts, the commitment and the total availability for any collaboration on this subject were reiterated.

The commitment of the participants to work together to put into practice the priority actions identified during the workshop is a very important step. The Office of the High Commissioner for Water and Forests is already working on the official agreement with ONEE for the identification and correction of black spots. The role of involved NGOs and scientists in characterizing important areas for birdlife and risk areas has been recognized, as well as the need for training for this. ONEE will facilitate information on electrical infrastructures and will work on the characterization and exhaustive inventory of towers, which will help complete the identification guide for dangerous lines in preparation. This guide, once completed, will serve as a training tool and work at the company. With regard to the construction of new power lines, ONEE representatives agree with the need to take into account the impact on birdlife and count on the technical and economic capacity to do so.

The most urgent action reported was the correction of the only black spot identified so far, in Guelmin (southwestern Morocco), which will serve as a pilot experiment. All actors are committed to working to solve the problem. The ONEE regional division will be contacted and informed of the situation and the representatives of the corrective device manufacturer in the workshop are committed to facilitating and installing the necessary equipment. An urgent action plan must be developed for the implementation of this correction.