Yahya al Salamani, director of awareness and information at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) will participate in the International Antarctic Expedition (IAE) from February 28 to March 13.
IAE 2013's mission is to create ambassadors across the globe who can spread the message of environmental sustainability on personal and community levels and beyond. Salamani, who has been closely working on environmental issues in Oman for the past 20 years, said he is proud to represent the country.
“I will be the first Omani journalist to set foot on Antarctic. My participation will definitely help me gain essential knowledge on how international media covers environmental issues,” he told Muscat Daily.
During the two-week expedition, Robert Swan, the first person ever to walk to both the North and South poles, and his team will lead a group of selected individuals to Antarctica as part of the 'Leadership on the Edge' programme.
It includes topics such as leadership, environment, education and survival.
The selected team will also get an opportunity to experience the unique Antarctic wildlife and observe its magnificent landscape, all while learning about climate change, sustainability and possible solutions to protect the last great wilderness on Earth. “It would be a great opportunity to take some unique photos of Antarctica, which has a rich biodiversity,” said Salamani.
“I would also like to thank MECA, Oman Air, Oman Fisheries and Ray International for supporting me in this endeavour,” he said.