Five Sites in UAE Identified as Biologically and Ecologically Significant During Regional Meeting
Depending upon their importance and uniqueness of environmental biodiversity, five sites in the UAE were recognized to be valuable for conservation during a regional meeting on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas that was hosted by the UAE Government.
Engineer Mariam Saeed Hareb, the Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation said that the main aim is to highlight the importance of conserving the oceans and high seas which directly or indirectly relate to the survival of any marine species. The government has successfully protected the endangered and the local species and their numbers are on the rise. However, Mariam said that further efforts were required to be put in to save the existing ecological system and make sure that that is does not degrade further.
The five chosen sites were :
Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, which is an important ground for migratory birds as well as endangered species in Abu Dhabi.
The southwest waters of Abu Dhabi which supports an array of marine life starting from mangroves, coral reefs, sabkhas and algal mats.
Jebel Ali in Dubai, where dolphins are frequent visitors and which is a nesting ground for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle.
Sir Bu Na'air Island which is a nesting ground for hawksbill turtle and a breeding ground for a wide range of marine birds.
Khor Kalba, an area supporting variety of bird species and marine creatures like reptiles, crabs and mollusks.
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