The UAE National Commission for Education conducts field research to collect data on them
Building the Nation's institutions to register its nature reserves in the UNESCO world heritage sites.
The UAE National Commission for Education, Culture, and Science has underlined a future action plan to build the capabilities of local institutions, in order to register the UAE's nature reserves in the UNESCO world heritage sites. By completing this registration, the UAE's reserves will be granted their natural worthiness as national landmarks with astonishing biodiversity, alongside with introducing the natural sciences sector in the UAE to a larger scale, both locally and internationally, and to demonstrate the efforts of the nation's institutions.
The Secretary-General of the UAE National Commission for Education, Culture and
Science, HE Amal Al-Koos, said that the UAE's keenness to protect its natural reserves is part of its continuous efforts in highlighting the natural sciences sector, and the continuous coordination with UNESCO to enhance the UAE's presence in this vital sector. These supporting trends aim to preserve the environment, safeguard its resources, and protect its diversity.
HE Amal Al-Koos said that the Committee has decided to highlight the nature reserves that spread throughout the various cities in the country, through several practical steps, starting with field visits to these reserves to identify them closely,
and recognize the characteristic of the fungal life in them. The last similar visit protected Marmum in Dubai, Wadi Al-Wray
in Fujairah, and Bu Tinah in Abu Dhabi.
These visits will be followed by the collection of comprehensive and integrated information on each protected area, through the competent authorities responsible for them. These procedures aim to disseminate these data on the National Committee's website, in order to highlight and include valuable information about their contents and objectives and importance, thus contributing to reaching the largest possible scale, therefore introducing these sites at the level of UNESCO and the world.
HE Amal Al-Koos explained that the Committee's mandate and interests in accordance with the existing cooperation with UNESC, focused on five sectors: education, training, culture, science and
communication, noting that science is one of the most prominent of these concerns, which is divided into two parts: the natural sciences and social sciences.
HE Amal Al-Koos added that most of the international organizations are interested in the science sector, and seek to activate it within our vision and future plans with UNESCO. HE Amal Al-Koos also Pointed out that nations' vision is currently focused on the development of specific projects belonging to the science sector, and that our priority is the national reserves. HE Amal Al-Koos noted that the country has many nature reserves that are characterized by a biological, animal, and plant diversity.
HE Amal Al-Koos said that the Committee has developed a plan to build the capability of local institutions to help register in the UNESCO's natural reserves, and support them in this step in a serious and urgent manner, which led to visit many nature reserves, to feel and monitor the reality of these reserves, and collect information related to them from institutions. Later on, this information is published on the website of the Committee, to raise awareness of these findings to the UNESCO, and to raise the level of international awareness about the reserves in the nation, and to highlight the UAE's interest in its natural sciences, with all its diversity and different elements.
The Secretary-General of the UAE Commission for Education, Culture and Science, stressed that the great efforts that are presented in the field of the national environmental deserve to be highlighted internationally, pointing out that there will be conferences and workshops in the coming period related to the natural sciences sector, targeting the employees of the institutions which is an important point, documenting a new stage of high training for our employees to gain professional expertise in this aspect. Also, to highlight the UAE in a sector that has been and remains one of the most important sectors that countries seek to promote, because of its current and future reflection on the safety, and development of the environment.
HE Amal Al-Koos added that the committee is keen to transfer expertise and practices in the field of natural sciences to local institutions. It also aims at introducing its achievements internationally and creating a bright picture of wildlife within the UAE environment, which is characterized by its beauty and diversity.
HE Amal Al-Koos said that the recent visit of the Committee to the Al-Marmoum protected area in Dubai was very important because it is one of the largest protected areas in the country. It covers about 10% of the total area of Dubai. It is home to 204 species of birds. It includes 26 species of reptiles, in addition to nine species of mammals. The reserve includes 39 species of plants and provides a sanctuary for 19 species of endangered animals and birds. It has the highest concentration of flamingos "Al Fantir-Flamingo" in the desert region of the country
The Al Marmoum Nature Reserve is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region using solar energy. It also
the houses he archaeological site "Iron Swords" that dates back to the iron age, more than 3000 years ago.
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