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Department of Transport - Public Buses supports Vote for Bu Tinah campaign

posted on 27/06/2010: 1857 views



The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has partnered with the Department of Transport (DoT) on an exciting initiative to encourage people to vote for Bu Tinah Island, as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

A fleet of 14 public buses, enveloped completely in the campaign's messages, have been capturing people's attention on the streets of Abu Dhabi and the remaining emirates. 7 of these public buses follow Abu Dhabi city routes, while the other 7 public buses roam the remainder of the UAE.

"Throughout the Vote Bu Tinah! Campaign, our strategy has been to captivate, inspire and educate people about the Island in order to activate their vote. Having our campaign message on these buses has proven to be an effective way of captivating the public's attention and we are thankful to the Department of Transport for their cooperation in this nationally and ecologically important campaign," said Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of EAD.

In March 2010, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched an international campaign to encourage people to vote for Bu Tinah Island, as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Bu Tinah Island was shortlisted among 28 finalists from a list of 447 sites and the New 7 Wonders of Nature will be declared on November 11, 2011.

The campaign was launched under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of EAD.

Bu Tinah Island, located around 130 km west of Abu Dhabi, is a unique island and a core area of the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve - the first marine biosphere reserve in the region. In spite of the harsh temperatures and salinity, its habitats and species, including coral, sea grass, dugongs and sea turtles, continue to thrive, making the island an important location and living lab for climate change studies.

There are 7 reasons to Vote for Bu Tinah Island:

1. Coral Reefs: Bu Tinah has globally unique corals. Their survival, despite the harsh environment, has given researchers insight into coral reef survival elsewhere in the world in the face of global warming.

2. Natural Mangroves: They reach an average height of 5 meters and support wildlife including birds, fish and crustaceans.

3. Hawksbill Turtles: Every year, these critically endangered species arrive to Bu Tinah Island to nest.

4. Dugongs: These threatened species are often spotted swimming among the Island's extensive sea grass meadows. They have been able to live without disturbance in a clean natural sanctuary, thanks to EAD's management of the marine biosphere reserve.

5. Dolphins: The Indo-pacific humpback, bottlenose and common dolphins swim around the Island.

6. Ospreys: Bu Tinah Island is a major breeding site for this globally important bird.

7. Socotra Cormorants: Bu Tinah Island is a roost site for about 20,000-25,000 of these birds. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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