A workshop being held in Sharjah that will have intense brainstorming and debates on protecting the UAE’s wetlands, will provide a regional backdrop to the imminent 13th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Dubai.
The workshop will see participation from over 20 representatives of government and environmental agencies and will see discussions on developing strategies on protection of wetlands. The workshop will essentially seek to draft regional drafts that will ascertain lapses in conservation, gauge the existing framework for regional initiatives and also initiate a waterbird and wetland monitoring strategy.
The UAE has seven designated sites allocated as wetlands of international importance, with Al Zora in Ajman being the most recent one. However, mangrove forests that are crucial to environmental sustainability goals are still being rampantly destroyed in the northern Emirates.