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Plans to register new nature reserve sites

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The Environment Authority has submitted six proposals discussed by the National Committee for Reserves to register sites for new nature reserves in the Governorates of Oman, which are in the process of final review and will be subject to evaluation by the concerned authorities.

This was announced at a press conference addressed by Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Omari, Chairman, Environment Authority (EA), on Sunday, which coincided with the celebration of Oman Environment Day, which falls on January 8 each year.

He indicated that Environment Day comes as an appreciation of the importance of Oman’s environment and ensuring the sustainability of its natural resources and preserving its gains. He also added the importance carried out by EA with government institutions and the private sector. He also touched on EA’s efforts to raise the level of performance and spending in order to achieve financial sustainability and quality, through continuous follow-up of work performance.

Engineer Faiza al Harthiya, supervisor of environment and natural resources, ‘Oman Vision 2040’ implementation follow-up unit, presented the national strategy of Oman for the orderly transition to the zero-neutral plan.

The plan focuses on the sectors that cause carbon emissions of greenhouse gases, and the ambition until 2040 to reach 54 per cent of the total path. He also indicated that Sultanate of Oman is working to achieve the principles of the goals through the path of an organised transition through environmental sustainability, social and economic impact, and electric battery technology.

The governorates of the Sultanate of Oman also witnessed a number of projects and achievements in environmental management, including the development of the environmental laboratory in the Governorate of Dhofar, the Marjan initiative in the Governorate of Musandam, the field survey project for wildlife in the Governorate of Al Buraimi, the project of inventory and documenting wild trees in the Governorate of Al Dakhiliyah, and the project of testing gas stations in North Al Batinah Governorate, and a project to establish a database for projects in Al Dhahirah Governorate.

The Authority mentioned to the Observer that in order for the governorates to obtain their share of the environmental harvest, projects have been distributed in the various governorates so that they are strategic and qualitative projects that suit the environment through presenting projects and evaluating them according to the valuable environment.

Among them was the cultivation project which reached more than two million, about 2,084,698 trees, and more than two-and-a-half million seeds have been planted, and the nurseries affiliated with the Authority expanded to 11.

This initiative embodied the strengthening of partnership with various sectors in order to protect the environment, improve the quality of life, adapt to climate change and reduce global warming.

Environmental harvesting included projects and biodiversity initiatives, where several projects were launched to protect and conserve natural resources and sustain them to save and rehabilitate wildlife of all kinds, and projects to propagate them in the local environment by modern scientific methods in the Sultanate of Oman.

Among the projects is a survey of the presence of coastal wetlands, with 236 sites registered, a survey and collection of data on coral reef environments in the Musandam Governorate at 11 sites, and a project to track turtles via satellite.

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