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Save the Ghaf Tree

 
	© Christophe Tourenq
Camel resting in the shade of a ghaf tree
© Christophe Tourenq
Protecting a tree of the dunes
A nation-wide campaign to save the ghaf tree was conducted through 2007 to raise awareness about a valuable resource of the desert. The ghaf is in danger of succumbing to the threats posed by water loss, unfettered developmental activity across the country and, most importantly, human ignorance about the ecological-sociocultural values of this tree. Read more...

CITES

 
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Snow leopard pelt seized by Dubai Customs in January 2004.
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UAE has been a CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) signatory since 1990, and today there continues to be a national willingness for proper implementation of the convention. Read more...

Marine Conservation Forum 2006

 
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Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
© WWF / Lucy Hawkes
Conserving Marine biodiversity in The Gulf
The Gulf in the Middle East provides habitat to five species of sea turtles (out of a global total of 7) and coral reefs that surround major islands and offshore banks.

The Marine Conservation Forum brought together some 100 delegates from the region to share knowledge about marine biodiversity, specifically turtles and coral reefs; and to identify and discuss common threats.

Conservation-based solutions were defined and opportunities for future collaboration sought. Read more...

Marine Conservation Forum, 14-16 December, 2010

Gulf Marine Conservation Forum banner picture 
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Banner picture marine conservation forum website coral reefs 1
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The long awaited 2nd EWS-WWF Marine Conservation Forum is set to take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE this fall. Read more...

Coral Reef Conservation

 
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Regenerating coral at Al Hil Island, Abu Dhabi, U
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This project highlights the importance and priority of conserving and protecting the unique and most threatened coral reef habitats in the Gulf in the Middle East.

The aim of the project was to assist relevant regional governments and non-government agencies in the development and implementation of a comprehensive conservation strategy for coral reefs in the Gulf that takes into account the specificity of the habitat and its importance for the local community and biodiversity. Read more...

Wadi Wurayah

 
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Because of its permanent freshwater sources, Wadi Wurayah hosts a unique fauna and flora in the country and the world. Photo EWS-WWF,
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On March 16, 2009, Wadi Wurayah in the emirate of Fujairah, was designated a Protected Area, becoming the first Mountain Protected Area of the United Arab Emirates. This marked the successful conclusion of a project, spanning three years, fully sponsored by HSBC Bank Middle East Limited.

EWS-WWF is grateful to HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah for signing the decree and officially declare Wadi Wurayah the first Mountain Protected Area in the UAE. Read more