ADIHEX promotes literature aimed at raising young people’s awareness of animal conservation | Atalayar
The Abu Dhabi International Gaming and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX) is in its final hours as the largest exhibition of its kind in the Middle East and Africa. The event, held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), focuses on the preservation of the environment and nature, especially through the world of literature.
In this vein, the International Fund for Hubara Conservation (IFHC) and the Emirates Schools Corporation (ESE) presented at ADIHEX “Stories of our Environment: Challenges and Solutions”, the second edition of a book featuring 16 short stories on land and sea animal conservation by students from the United Arab Emirates.
A total of 175 Emirati schools participated in the 2nd challenge of the new promoted by IFHC and ESE, and 16 student teams won with their compelling and creative stories based on endangered species native to the Gulf country, such as the houbara bustard, falcon and oryx.
Mohammed al-Baidani, director general of the IFHC, told the official Emirati news agency WAM: “This second edition of the book ‘Stories from Our Environment: Challenges and Solutions’ is proof of the growing support and awareness of our young people towards species conservation efforts and the preservation of our rich heritage. With great support from the Department of Education through the Emirates Schools Corporation, this initiative is an integral part of our conservation education: the Houbara bustard model.”
This innovative program uses the houbara bustard as a flagship species for educational content to explore issues of sustainability and heritage. The model Houbara bustard has been very successful in previous years in educating the younger generation about the importance of conservation through workshops and educational programs. Students from each school involved were invited to participate in the storytelling competition by forming a cross-functional team and tackling conservation themes on native Emirati animals such as hubara, oryx, falcon, dugong, flamingo , the sea turtle, the Arabian tahr and the dhub or spiny-tailed lizard. Each team was tasked with creating a short story that identified the threat to the species and proposed solutions for its conservation.
One of the winners, Alia Salem Alblooshi from Um Al-Emarat School in Al-Ain, was honored with the award: “We are honored to have been chosen as one of the winners of the second storytelling challenge by IFHC and ESE. As a young generation, we take the preventive conservation of endangered species very seriously in order to protect our future ecosystem. We are also very aware that not only are the real life of species seriously threatened, but we also run the risk of erasing our heritage if we lose them. We thank the Hubara model for making us aware of the real situation of native species in the United Arab Emirates and how we can participate in saving our future.”
The Hubara model seeks to educate for the preservation of the natural ecosystem by engaging students, teachers and the community at large to establish a new generation of environmental stewards to help develop the UAE as a sustainable and environmentally friendly country.
The UAE has bred and released more than 549,816 houbara bustards into the wild through IFHC efforts since 1998. The Fund celebrated the 40th anniversary of its first hatch of houbara chicks raised in captivity on Emirati soil during the 19th edition of ADIHEX this year 2022, which will be held in the capital until this Sunday, October 2.