Royal Scientific Society
Environmental Authority (Oman)
This project seeks to reduce the impact of human-induced pressures on bat biodiversity through the engagement of local communities in the process of identifying risks and challenges, finding solutions, and undertaking future biodiversity conservation planning. Bats are among the most overlooked species despite their ecological importance. In the Middle East and Gulf Region, various factors affect the biodiversity of bats, particularly the anthropogenic stressor, including human-induced habitat destruction, political conflict, and tourism.The Jordanian and Omani teams will first gather data from local communities on their knowledge and involvement in bat ecology. Two expert meetings bringing together bat experts and researchers, governmental institutions, and NGOs will be held to discuss the outputs of the survey, find solutions, and suggest recommendations and future plans.