Members who attended this year’s Inter-Emirates Weekend, hosted by ENHG Abu Dhabi at the Tilal Liwa Hotel reported a wonderful weekend with a varied and interesting programme. Thanks to ENHG Abu Dhabi! In the dunes, west Liwa Photograph by Earl Wolf
The ENHG’s two annual Natural History Awards are always announced at the mid-season Inter- Emirates Weekend, and then the official presentation of the prizes associated with these awards is arranged at the majlis of our Patron, HE Sheikh Nahayan, generally toward the end of the season. Directly below are details about and remarks by the two recent award winners. The Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohamed Award for Natural History is the country’s premier natural history award. It is intended to acknowledge the contributions made by an individual, primarily through original research and publication, to the scientific study of the archaeology, history and natural history of the UAE.
Antonius (Tony) van Harten, coordinator of the impressively comprehensive and ground-breaking UAE Arthropod Project, was awarded the Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohamed Award for 2010.
The Bish Brown Award, commemorating one of the Group’s Founders, is given by the ENHG chapter to an individual who has promoted study and conservation of the UAE’s environment, wildlife, history or heritage, in accordance with the main aims of the Group.
Dr. Christophe Tourenq of the Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF, a frequent lecturer to all three NHGs in the UAE and driving force behind the recent establishment of the UAE’s first Mountain Protected Area in Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah, was the Bish Brown Award recipient for 2010. Dr. Tourenq was unable to attend the award announcement at the IEW. Thanks to Keith Taylor, Editor of Focus, for this material