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Enhancing Habitats with New Initiative at Al Wathba Wetland Reserve

by Dubaiforum

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) is making strides in the preservation of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve with the launch of the third phase of its habitat rehabilitation program. The goal of this phase is to enhance biodiversity and establish a natural barrier around the 5-square-kilometer reserve. Following the successful completion of the first two phases, which involved installing an irrigation system, the focus is now on planting 2,500 native trees.

The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including over 4,000 greater flamingos, 260 bird species, and various reptiles, small mammals, and insects. It serves as a vital breeding ground for the greater flamingo, making it a unique and important site in the UAE.

The chosen native trees, such as the Tarfa tree, Ghada, Arak, and Ghaf, are well-suited to the arid climate of the UAE. These trees require minimal water and care, making them ideal for the long-term sustainability of the reserve. The recent planting event was attended by key figures from the EAD and Dolphin Energy Limited, underscoring the collaborative effort to preserve Abu Dhabi’s natural heritage.

The rehabilitation program at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve not only enhances the ecosystem but also strengthens its role as a hub for scientific research, particularly in migratory bird conservation. By creating a thriving habitat, the program ensures the continued success of the reserve as a sustainable ecotourism destination. Future phases of the program are expected to build upon this progress, solidifying the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve as a cornerstone of Abu Dhabi’s environmental preservation efforts.

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