DUBAI Municipality (DM) joined the rest of the world in observing the world wetlands day with a variety of activities that the Municipality implements to protect the flora and fauna and its development.
According to a DM spokesperson, the day is observed responding to the decisions of the Johannesburg convention. It marks the date of the adoption of the convention on wetlands on Feb.2 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
"Researches are going on to prepare a national strategy on protecting wetlands with the co-operation and participation of a number of ministries and government and private bodies," said Hamdan Al Shaer, director of environment department.
"The department has agreed to take necessary actions to protect the wetlands and as part of this detailed survey study is being conducted on the wetlands in the emirate in order to prepare a national strategy on protecting wetlands," he added.
"The UAE has joined the Ramsar Convention as per the Federal Decree No. 11 of 2007 after the council of ministers had agreed and the supreme council had approved. The Ras Al Khor natural sanctuary was the first such site in the UAE to be included in the wetlands as a place of national and international importance," said Al Shaer.
"Delegations of the Environment Department had attended many international meetings regarding Ramsar Convention including the one held in Bangkok last year," he added.
According to him, each year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in general and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
"The wetlands constitute 6 per cent of the total area of the planet earth and there are more than 1,000 wetlands in the world," he added.
Source: Gulf Toda/BY A STAFF REPORTER