During the Saudi International Falconry

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — During a workshop at the Saudi International Falconry and Hunting Exhibition, two Italian researchers, Dr. Giovanni Granati and Athena Jitariuc, presented new scientific research applicable to the conservation of falcons.

The research, which highlights new applications of drone technology in preservations, was a world first and exclusive to the Arab region. Falcon conservation is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 plan which aims to conserve wildlife and habitats and ensure that future generations enjoy Saudi Arabia’s rich and unique natural diversity and promote ecotourism.

The researchers, also falconers, have unveiled an innovative approach for the use of drones in the protection of birds of prey. This sustainable approach combines falconry, modern technology as well as tradition and historical knowledge. Granati has written several books on training birds of prey as well as falcon racing, hunting, and rehabilitation. His new research highlights the application of drone technology in these areas. Indeed, during his address, Jitariuc noted the importance of taking advantage of the latest technologies to safeguard birds of prey worldwide. A vision in line with Saudi Arabia’s environmental agenda.

During the Saudi International Falconry and Hunting Exhibition, the two researchers presented the UFO, the first drone built exclusively for falconry. Drones have a number of applications in the context of falconry, from rehabilitation to training. The duo also demonstrated a dorsal camera to study the movement dynamics of birds of prey in flight, which marks the latest innovation in falcon conservation.

Now in its fourth year, the 2022 International Saudi Falcons and Hunting Expo is expected to welcome over 500,000 people, from more than 30 participating countries, making it the largest edition of the event to date. Visitors have the opportunity to purchase the best equipment in the world from a number of pavilions in the 15 exhibition sections. Over 350 exhibitors will be in attendance, providing visitors with a plethora of unique and exciting entertainment options.

The exhibition also includes an international and local art gallery, a photography competition, a museum and a falcon auction. During her presentation, Athena emphasized:

“If we find the support of Arab populations, we could create the first rehabilitation center without the help of confinement cages, where birds of prey are rehabilitated with predation simulations created with the UFO drone until they are completely autonomous. In short, it is an innovative project that is worth observing.

In October 2021, Saudi Arabia launched the first wave of more than 60 programs and projects that contribute to the overall goals of the Saudi Green Initiative, which was announced by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman. This wave represents more than SAR 700 billion of investments, in the growth of the green economy of which the falcon event is a part.

Media contact: Ahmad AlRefaie – [email protected] +966 54 501 7470

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