Cleanup of the Wadi Wurayah Ramsar Site, UAE
On 1st May 2013, the Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) and Fujairah Municipality, led 150 volunteers to carry out a cleanup of the Wadi Wurayah Ramsar Site. The event was attended by H.E. Engineer Mohammed Saif Al Afkham (Managing Director, Fujairah Municipality) and Mr. Anada Tiéga (Secretary General, Ramsar Convention of Wetlands).
|Briefing to the volunteers at the start of the day|
The cleanup day was necessary to prevent further degradation of the wadi’s wildlife and freshwater habitat, focusing on removing the graffiti and waste in certain zones in the wadi, especially around the popular area of the waterfall. On completion of the work, access to the site will be temporarily limited to minimise further pressure on the ecosystem.
|Volunteers cleaning graffitis off the rocks|
In January 2013, the Government of Fujairah appointed EWS-WWF to spearhead the development of Wadi Wurayah and to implement the management plan for the site. This included the establishment of the Middle East Water Research Centre in partnership with HSBC Middle East and Earthwatch.
|Mr. Al-Afkham and Mr. Anada Tiega at the cleaning day|
Attached is the press release produced by EWS-WWF (in Arabic and English - download here) concerning the cleanup day. For further information please contact Mr. Maral Chreiki mchreiki[at]ewswwf.ae.
Report and photos by Lew Young, Senior Regional Advisor for Asia-Oceania