Understanding that bird migration and flight safety are an international issue (as said in the past – "birds know no boundaries"), shared by many countries, especially along the Great Rift Valley, the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration has promoted international cooperation on the subject.
International Seminar on Birds and Flight Safety in the Middle East 1999
In April 1999, Tel-Aviv University and the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration sponsored an international seminar on birds and flight safety in the Middle East. High ranking officers of the air forces of Greece, Turkey, Jordan, the United States and Israel were present. The Participants of the seminar resolved to engage in joint migration research through satellite telemetry tracking and joint motorized glider flights. This, together with a bird and weather network on one common system platform and one integrated information system, would create a regional real time warning system, which would help prevent birdstrikes and promote flight safety.
Unfortunately, due to political problems with the onset of violence thoughout the region in 2000, the database was not made a reality. However, the groundwork exists, in hope it could happen in the future.
The participants of the seminar at Yad Lashiryon memorial site at Latrun;
In the back: flags of participating countries and the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration radar (left).
To download the Proceedings of the Seminar (PDF) click here
Wings Over Africa Seminar 2001
The International Center for the Study of Bird Migration hosted an African seminar that dealt with research, conservation, education and flight safety. Forty-seven participants from 20 African countries and 6 other countries attended.
Delegates from the 20 African countries which participated in the seminar, posing with their respective flags.
To download the seminar booklet (PDF) click here