BioBeer: Bird Conservation in Mongolia

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Nyambayar.B from the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center (WSCC), will present a talk entitled "Mongolian Important Bird Areas" on *Thursday, April 2, 2009 at the AMT Cafe.* PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF BIOBEER LOCATION (see map below for directions. The AMT Cafe is located north of Building IV of the National University of Mongolia, on the bottom floor of the building with the large Talk Talk English sign).

Nyambayar will give a presentation on sites that have been identified as important for bird conservation and their habitats. In general, an Important Bird Area (IBA) is an area designated as being globally important habitat for the conservation of bird populations. These sites are selected based on an internationally-agreed set of criteria developed by BirdLife International. Currently there are over 10,000 IBAs worldwide. They are not just important for birds; these sites also provide good protection base for other biodiversity. You may be aware that a total of 70 IBAs have been identified in Mongolia. WCSS has just printed a detailed inventory that includes information on each site. The presentation will cover information on the concept of an IBA, how they are selected, why it is important to protect them, legal and protection status of IBA networks, and globally endangered species in Mongolia.

Biobeers is held on the first Thursday of every month at the AMT Cafe (located north of Building IV of the National University of Mongolia, on the bottom floor of the building with the large Talk Talk English sign). People are requested to arrive after 6pm, in time for the talk to start at 6.30.

Biobeers is a monthly gathering of government and NGO staff, biologists, researchers, and other professionals interested in conservation. Each month, Biobeers sponsors a half-hour presentation on a topic relevant to Mongolian conservation, followed by an informal gathering to discuss activities and issues of interest. Biobeers is an opportunity to find out what is happening in the field of conservation
in Mongolia, talk informally to other researchers and peers in your field, and share information about issues critical to the environment and people of Mongolia.

Biobeers is organised by the Zoological Society of London's Steppe Forward Programme and sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society. At Biobeers the beer is on us!

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