24 May 2024

Roscongress Foundation, Kamchatka Falcon Centre, Supreme Council for Environment in Bahrain Sign Co-operation Agreement

A co-operation agreement for the exchange of technical and scientific knowledge on falcon breeding was signed in Moscow on the sidelines of the official visit of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain to Russia. The document was signed between the Supreme Council for Environment in Bahrain, the Roscongress Foundation, and the Kamchatka Falcon Centre in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain.

The parties agreed to strengthen the partnership between the two countries and work together on projects for the protection of endangered animals and birds and develop international initiatives and communication platforms dedicated to preserving and increasing falcon bird populations, among other things, with the support of the Roscongress Foundation.

“We are grateful to the Russian delegation, and the Russian President in particular, for the great support provided for joint projects. We appreciate the dedication shown to previously reached agreements, reflected in the agreement signed today. The Kingdom of Bahrain is also working hard to implement joint projects for the protection of endangered birds. They are part of our nation’s cultural code and an important tradition uniting Russia and the Kingdom of Bahrain, and we are happy to continue this work,” H.E. Undersecretary for Political Affairs Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said.

One important facet of this work is the Kingdom of Bahrain’s accession to the Framework Declaration of Intent for the Conservation of the Gyrfalcon Population. The document was initiated by Russia and subsequently adopted by China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and the UAE as part of the International Falcon Day Forum at the 8th Eastern Economic Forum. In the autumn of 2023, a Russian delegation visited Bahrain and presented the King with a gift from Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kamchatka Falcon Centre of two unique Russian Kamchatka-Chukotka morph gyrfalcons bred with the nursery’s own special technology.

“Joint conservation initiatives within the framework of this document are an important way for us to consolidate the efforts of national development institutions, specialists, and authorities to develop technologies and exchange experience to preserve and restore Russia’s endangered birds of prey,” Kamchatka Falcon Centre Development Director Vladimir Tumashov said.

A number of joint activities are set to be implemented within the framework of the agreement as early as this year through the Kamchatka Falcon Centre in the Far East and in the Bahraini capital Manama. The results of the joint gyrfalcon conservation projects will be presented at the International Falcon Day Forum, scheduled for the opening day of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on 3 September. A government delegation from the Kingdom of Bahrain is also expected at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 58 June with an official business mission. In turn, the Russian business mission will return to Manama for the business forum in December 2024.

“Close, multidimensional co-operation with Bahrain is reaching totally new levels, thanks to opportunities to work together at Roscongress Foundation events, which bring together representatives of our nations’ business and official communities and contribute to important international initiatives,” Roscongress Foundation CEO Alexander Stuglev said.

To coordinate the interaction between business structures in the two countries for the implementation of the agreement, a Business Council project office has been planned through the Roscongress Foundation. Its primary task will be to provide consulting services to facilitate joint trade and economic initiatives and the work of business missions on the sidelines of Foundation events.

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