Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah wins new UNESCO status

Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah is designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah wins new UNESCO status
By Sam Bridge
Thu 26 Jul 2018 02:02 PM

Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

On its official Twitter account, the UNESCO announced that the Fujairah nature spot has won the prestigious accolade, state news agency WAM reported.

The designation is awarded for protected areas that demonstrate a balanced relationship between people and nature and promote sustainable development. The site is one of 24 with the status around the world.

The Fujairah site consists of a water catchment area in an arid climate that is part of the Haiar mountain range. It hosts a rich fauna and flora endemic to the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the last Emirati places where traditional farming practices are still maintained.

The Wadi is home to 81 bird species, 20 mammal species, at least nine reptile and amphibian species and 467 invertebrates.

Biosphere Reserves are areas comprising terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each reserve promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

They are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located.

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