The Qatari Al-Gannas Society has participated in the annual meeting of the International Association for Falconry (IAF) in Sneem, southern Ireland, and attended “The Stewardship of Biodiversity and Sustainable Use” Conference.
“Our participation in this renowned international falconry meeting in Ireland stems from the State of Qatar’s support to the scientific community and its falcons-based research,” said Qatar’s International Falcons Veterinary Conference president and the group’s vice president, Mohamed bin Abdulatif al-Misned.
He noted that their participation also highlighted the contributions made by scientific teams from Qatari universities who are dedicated to studying the genetic map of resident and migratory falcons and hawks in Qatar.
“This is where the Qatari project of the free-falcon gene started,” al-Misned stressed.
Echoing his statement, Al-Gannas Society secretary Zayed al-Maadeed noted that they reiterated their vital role in supporting Qatari falconers at the event, providing the best falcons-centred services in the levels of veterinary institutions and scientific research.
“We have enhanced Qatar’s ties with international counterparts in the culture and traditional heritage business,” he said.
Speaking on the details of the project, Al-Gannas Society researcher Farouk Ben Omar al-Ajli, who delivered a lecture at the conference, said the Qatari project on the free-falcon gene taps the latest discoveries in the genetic sciences to provide the best care for falcons and to preserve its bio-diversity and uniqueness in their nesting environment or migration routes.
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