Fujairah Municipality aims to strengthen international stature of Wadi Wurayah Reserve

FUJAIRAH, 31st July, 2018 (WAM) — Mohamed Saif Al Afkham, Director-General of Fujairah Municipality, has highlighted the readiness of the municipality to cooperate with the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, while affirming that both sides have created a plan to implement many environmental initiatives related to the Wadi Wurayah Reserve in Fujairah.

The details of these initiatives will be announced after the completion of surveys and environmental research, which will help maintain the reserve’s environmental sustainability, through applying the best international practices in preserving biodiversity and wildlife, Al Afkham added.

He said that both sides will cooperate to launch a new series of related projects, to maintain the reserve’s environmental sustainability and its current international stature, after being designated a ‘Biosphere Reserve’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, becoming the second reserve in the UAE to join the network, after Marawah Island in Al Dhafra Region, Abu Dhabi.

Al Afkham emphasised that the reserve’s recent successes are due to the direct support of H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah.

He then praised the municipality’s cooperation with the Environment Agency, through an agreement signed by both sides to improve their practices and procedures related to transferring and applying the best relevant international practices.

He also praised the role of the Emirates-Wildlife Society in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature, EWS-WWF, in preserving wildlife.

The constant availability of fresh water at the reserve and its remote location are unique, have created a fertile environment that contains over 500 species, including over 80 species of birds and tens of reptiles, mammals, fish and amphibians, as well as over 200 species of plants that were discovered in the reserve, many of which are endangered, Al Afkham concluded.

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