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MBZ Fund issues Annual Report

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is issuing its Annual Report today.

Whether it’s searching for a rare dragonfly along the eastern coast of the UAE or trekking the Himalayas to MBZ Cover Englishdocument the existence of a small wildcat, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund continues to support individuals in the villages, field stations, laboratories and homes, who are committed to conserving their local (and the world’s global) threatened species.

The Fund supported 185 species conservation projects in more than 70 countries with more than $1.55 million in 2014. These funds were distributed globally among conservation projects to some of the most endangered species including fish, mammals, plants, reptiles and even fungi.

The annual report is available for download here: http://www.speciesconservation.org/media-center/downloads


Advisory board member, Mike Parr, highlights Fund support for Black-capped petrel conservation

(cc) Ryan Trachtenberg

(cc) Ryan Trachtenberg

A terrific example of how several small grants can cumulatively further the conservation of a species can be found in the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund’s support for the Endangered Black-capped petrel. Answering the questions of where this species nests and forages are key to identifying conservation actions needed to conserve this declining species. However, until recently, because of the Black-capped petrel’s nocturnal behavior and small population size, little was known. Read more…

What are species doing for us? “Plenty!” answers the advisory board of the Abu Dhabi-based Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund


(cc) Deepak Sankat

Abu Dhabi, UAE: The potential for advances in anti-fouling and adhesion technology derived from the study of clam-like Blue mussels may result in massive fuel savings to marine vessels and advances in adhesives with medical applications. Fiddler crabs, common in salt marshes and mangrove forests throughout the world, help mangrove trees grow larger, taller and thicker which in turn helps sequester more carbon. Read more…