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Tree planted for every visitor to island

posted on 22/01/2009: 1740 views



A mangrove seedling will be planted in honour of each of the 1,500 people who have visited Sir Bani Yas Island since the nature reserve was opened to tourists in October.

The trees will be planted to offset the visitors' environmental impact. "If you're familiar with the history of Sir Bani Yas, you'll know it's a unique island with a green history that we have to preserve and protect,” said Lars Nielsen, a spokesman for the Desert Islands project.

"The development of this island comes with a great deal of responsibility, so there's a lot of education for our visitors.”

Mangroves, like all plants, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and emit oxygen. Guests can take guided tours of the mangrove nurseries and learn about the importance of the brackish-dwelling trees and their role in the ecosystem.

Hundreds of messages scrawled by tourists on biodegradable tags have been posted on the walls of the island's arrival centre. "We wanted to create something a little more memorable for visitors,” Mr Nielsen said. "So we told people that if you'd like to leave a note or something poetic, or just your name, please do, and we gave them a pen and a little piece of paper.”

A desert islands tour guide said notes included such messages as "Sir Bani Yas rocks” and "Keep it green”. Children also drew pictures of the wildlife they saw.

Nielsen said Sir Bani Yas Island was a unique haven because of its millions of trees and roughly two dozen species of free-roaming animals, including some that are considered endangered, such as Arabian Oryx and sand gazelles. – The National

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