The Environment Authority (EA) and Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco) signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop the Al Saleel Natural Park in South Sharqiyah governorate on Wednesday.
In a statement, the EA informed that the memorandum was signed by Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Omari, chairman of the authority, and Said bin Talib al Maawali, chairman of Board of Directors of Omifco.
The two parties agreed to implement the first phase, which includes studying, designing, implementing the project and operating the reserve for a period of two years.
Spread over 220sqm, the park is located north of the wilayat of Al Kamil W’Al Wafi, 57km from Sur. It includes three distinct geographical terrains – alluvial plains featuring a wide variety of acacia and gum trees, vast valleys that split the mountains, and hills. The park is home to the Arabian gazelle, wild cats, Arabian wolves, red fox and Egyptian eagle, among a variety of turtles and birds.
The park is considered one of the biggest habitats in the Middle East for the Arabian gazelle. According to the latest studies, seven per cent of the global herd is found in Al Saleel Natural Park.
The sultanate has designated it as a reserve to protect indigenous vegetation and wildlife and encourage activities based on nature tourism.