Wed 10-01-2018 18:08 PM
FUJAIRAH, 10th January, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, has said that the emirate has contributed to promoting environmental initiatives, raising awareness about the protection of maritime resources and intensifying cooperation and coordination to protect maritime biodiversity under the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah.
He was speaking during the inauguration of the Second Fujairah International Conference for Maritime Environment and Coasts, under the theme “Planning Successful Eco-tourism to Promote the Sustainability of Cities and Coastal Areas.” It was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Saif Al Sharqi, Chairman of the E-government Department in Fujairah.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad highlighted the importance of discussing the best environmental practices to deal with the challenges of sustainable tourism and its innovative opportunities and solutions as well as tourism and economic marketing. The goal is to make cities a destination for eco-tourism, he said, while pointing out the importance of following more integrated procedures to overcome all the attempts that harm the environment.
The Fujairah Crown Prince also witnessed the signing of an ethical environmental pact between the Municipality of Dibba Fujairah and influential institutions and hotels for the cleanliness and beauty of the coastal environment of the emirate of Fujairah. It seeks to strengthen social responsibility towards enhancing the sustainability of the coastal areas and achieving the strategic vision of Fujairah 2040. He also honoured the sponsors of the conference and the participants of the ethical pact.
In his speech, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, underlined that the concept of sustainable eco-tourism has achieved huge success in the country with its role in achieving a balance between economic benefits and environmental considerations. He emphasised that the ministry will launch two initiatives to develop coastal and maritime regions by planting more than 30,000 mangrove trees and coral gardens in the current year.
The two-day conference has been organised by Dibba Municipality, the Environment Centre for Arab Towns, and Dubai Municipality with the participation of local and international organisations specialising in eco-tourism and the sustainability of cities.
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