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Conservation study to take place at Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah

posted on 24/06/2012: 3815 views



The Wadi Wurayah National Park in Fujairah is set to undergo a baseline vegetation study to help conserve the area's rare plants.

The study will be undertaken by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF), Fujairah Municipality sponsored by long-term partner the HSBC Bank.

The study will uncover key information regarding the wadi's trees, map and assess the current vegetation and help EWS-WWF and Fujairah Municipality better understand the value of the vegetation for the species living in the area.

Aided by HSBC volunteers, the team will put in place measures to protect tree saplings.

Ida Tillisch, Acting Director General of EWS-WWF stated: "Wadi Wurayah is of considerable ecological significance providing a habitat for more than 500 species, recorded in the area. Some of these species are among the rarest found in the UAE and the protection of the wadi has been a vital first step to ensure this unique area will be preserved for future generations."

The wadi is home to a rich diversity of rare and endangered species including trees, for example the Sidr and Shuh trees that are indigenous to the UAE and a vital part of Wadi Wurayah's natural habitat. In addition, both trees are an important food source and shelter for much of the wildlife living in the area including the Blanford fox, Arabian Tahr, Caracals, birds and bees.

Tillisch added: "Through this baseline study we seek to better understand the condition and capacity of the vegetation in the area. This will help put the right measures in place to ensure its on-going protection and preservation in-line with an overall management plan for the area."

In March 2009, Wadi Wurayah was declared a Mountain Protected Area by H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah following a three-year assessment. – 7Days

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