MoECC traps 8,800 Invasive Myna Birds to Preserve Qatar’s Ecological Balance

MoECC traps 8,800 Invasive Myna Birds to Preserve Qatar’s Ecological Balance By Sruthi Nair - May 28, 2024
Myna Bird

Myna Birds

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) has taken decisive measures against the invasive Myna bird population, reporting the trapping of approximately 8,800 birds as part of its strategy to preserve Qatar’s ecological balance.

An infographic shared on the Ministry’s social media platforms highlights the campaign’s extent, noting that 4,000 birds were caught between January and April 2024 across 20 different locations nationwide. The Ministry uses 200 cages to manage the captured birds. The Myna bird, native to Southeast Asia, is a significant ecological threat in Qatar. From November 2022 to October 2023, the Ministry trapped 3,000 Myna birds, emphasizing the ongoing challenge posed by this species. Known for its aggressive behavior towards other bird species and its detrimental impact on biodiversity, the Myna bird is listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the world’s most aggressively invasive avian species.

The species also poses risks to agricultural crops and carries diseases such as avian influenza and malaria, potentially leading to the extinction of some local bird species, according to a 2009 Marcula study.

In response, the MoECC developed a strategic plan at the end of 2023 in collaboration with various entities, including the Environmental Directorate of the Qatar Armed Forces, Aspire Zone Foundation, Qatar University, and several departments from the Ministry of Municipality and other key stakeholders. This strategy involves defining roles, appointing coordinators from all participating entities, and establishing a fieldwork team for monitoring, control, and disposal of the birds.

The strategic plan also includes conducting a study to monitor and inventory the size of exotic and invasive species and their impact on local fauna. It proposes initiating local and international efforts to develop scientific solutions or innovations for capturing and controlling the Myna bird population, ensuring alignment with public safety protocols and animal welfare standards.

Key components of the plan involve community engagement in hunting efforts, organizing workshops, and holding regular meetings to evaluate the project’s progress. The strategy also entails adopting a systematic approach for disposing of invasive bird species and exploring alternative methods suitable for the specific nature of their spread in the required field areas.

This initiative reflects Qatar’s broader commitment to safeguarding its environmental health and maintaining the ecological balance essential for the country’s sustainability.


Source: The peninsula Qatar

By Sruthi Nair - May 28, 2024
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