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IFHC and Khalifa University partner at Adihex 2023

The International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Khalifa University of Science and Technology during the Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (Adihex).

This MoU focuses on scientific research and training, including areas like robotics, intelligent systems, genetics, and genomics in breeding projects. It also offers training opportunities for students and promotes employment for qualified national talent in technical and scientific roles at the fund.

Two research agreements will be initiated under this MoU to enhance understanding of the houbara species. The first agreement involves the use of intelligent systems to develop computational models for analyzing bird positioning, vegetation categorization, individual bird detection, distance tracking, camera trap footage analysis, and captive-bred bird image analysis.

The second agreement centers on robotics, with the development of a houbara robot for ecological studies on-site and gathering information on wild houbara species in their natural habitat. This robot will also assist in studying behaviors like mating to enhance genetic diversity in the captive breeding program.

This collaboration aligns with IFHC’s commitment to leverage cutting-edge research and technology to support its programs in preserving vulnerable species. It also aims to strengthen partnerships with distinguished national universities and institutions in development and scientific research.

The signing ceremony, attended by prominent figures, took place at the IFHC pavilion. Abdullah Ahmed Khalaf Al Qubaisi, Managing Director of IFHC, emphasized that this collaboration would accelerate research objectives and provide valuable insights into houbara bustards and their habitat.

Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University, expressed their pleasure in collaborating with IFHC to enhance wildlife protection research. This partnership will leverage the university’s research expertise and capabilities to advance the conservation of endangered species.

Dr. Al Hammadi noted that the MoU creates opportunities for professors and students to engage in essential research and studies, contributing to the fund’s objectives and offering graduates the chance to pursue specialized roles within IFHC’s various.

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