Jebel Hafeet Reserve: A unique mountain rich in biodiversity

  • Sunday 27, September 2020 05:31 PM
  • Jebel Hafeet Reserve: A unique mountain rich in biodiversity
Sharjah24 - WAM: The Jebel Hafeet Reserve, in Al Ain region, part of the Sheikh Zayed Protected Areas Network, is valued as a unique mountain environment in Abu Dhabi, with an area of 81-square kilometres that remains well-known for its rich biodiversity.
Ahmed Al Hashmi, Acting Executive Director of Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity at the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, said the reserve was established in 2017 upon an Emiri decree, and is considered a national park based on the standards established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.

The agency has taken over the management of the reserve, in cooperation with its partners from various public and private authorities, using observers and modern technologies to monitor animal species that are difficult to track, in ordinary circumstances, as they appear at night in mountainous areas, he added.

Al Hashmi also pointed out that the agency has launched numerous programmes aimed at restoring and preserving vegetation and protecting endangered plants, stressing that it aims to plant 10,000 acacia trees in an area of 18 hectares within the reserve.

The reserve’s future programmes include projects related to environmental tourism and promoting its importance to the community, he added.