Monday 28 September 2020 - 10:45:50 pm

RAK Ruler issues decree to create natural reserve at Khor Mazahmi


RAS AL KHAIMAH, 28th October 2018 (WAM) - H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, has issued a decree to establish a conservation area in Khor Mazahmi, the first protected wetland area in the emirate.

Dr. Saif Mohammed Al Ghais, Chie Executive Officer of the Environment Protection and Development Authority (EPDA-RAK), said the decree, which coincides with UAE hosting of the 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP13), emanates from H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi's keenness to protect the environment and to strike a balance between nature and development.

The Mazahmi wetlands protected conservation area is situated 14 kilometers south of Ras al-Khaimah city and covers 3 square-kilometer . It provide an important habitat and food source for various wildlife species, including flamingoes. It is also home to the critically endangered green turtle, which features in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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