IFAW opens MENA office in Dubai

DUBAI — Prevention of illegal wildlife trade would be one of its topmost priorities, announced the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), after officially opening its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office in Dubai on Thursday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 8 Dec 2007, 9:08 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:08 AM

The agency has been established since 1969 and it’s been working towards protecting animals and their habitats around the world. This is its 16th office worldwide.

At a Press conference on Thursday evening ahead of the office launch, IFAW president Fred O’Regan thanked the Municipality of Dubai for its generosity in donating office space within the Bastakiya Historical Buildings for IFAW’s conservation and animal welfare work.

Dr Abdalla Rafia, assistant director general for Environment and Public Affairs at the Dubai Municipality, stressed the importance of considering the environmental impacts of Dubai’s rapid growth, and the strong respect for animals in Islamic culture.

Dr Rafia noted that Dubai saw the importance of partnerships with IFAW to ensure high standards of animal welfare.

IFAW has been busy in the MENA region for the past three years through the agency’s work with regional partnerships.

The launch of the organisation’s regional office followed growing demand for conservation and animal welfare programmes from local and national agencies.

IFAW’s priorities include building regional capacity to prevent illegal wildlife trade through comprehensive training, raising consumer awareness of illegal wildlife souvenirs through the “Think Twice” campaign, and expanding participation in “Animal Action Week”.

IFAW Executive Vice-President Azzedine Downes recognised regional partners with Leadership Awards for their outstanding efforts on behalf of animals.

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