The Houbara Management Programme, led by Professor Paul Dolman, works with the Conservation Ecology group at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia UK, a body of independent scientists with a wealth of experience across a wide range of bird species and ecosystems including several threatened bustard species.
The The BirdLife International Secretariat, Cambridge UK, is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership, representing 120 BirdLife Partners worldwide.
Professor Nigel Collar, Chair of the IUCN Bustard Specialist Group, has worked on bustards for more than 40 years and leads the collaboration between EBBCC and UEA.
EBBCC created a breeding centre in the Bukhara District of Uzbekistan in 2006, in cooperation with the State Nature Committee of Uzbekistan. A breeding flock was established with founders taken from the wild Bukhara population of the Kyzlkum desert. The first captive-bred birds were released into the desert in 2010.