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New nature reserve to be set up in Musandam

15 Aug 2021 By MOHAMMED TAHA

As part of its efforts to preserve the natural environment, the Environment Authority is seeking to establish a nature reserve in Musandam.

Abdul Salam bin Hassan al Kumzari, director of the Environment Department in Musandam, said there is a proposal to convert Umm A’Tair Island into a nature reserve and name it ‘Musandam National Park’.

The government is working to develop Musandam governorate by establishing projects to achieve comprehensive development and increase sustainable economic diversification. It has attached great importance to preserving the environmental systems in the sultanate in general and the Governorate of Musandam in particular.

“Umm A’Tair Island is a haven for various species of migratory birds visiting all year round. There is a proposal to turn it into a nature reserve because of its importance globally. The island is also called Umm al Baidh (the place of eggs) due to the huge number of birds that visit the island to lay eggs and for nesting,” Kumzari said.

“Musandam’s renowned natural features includes the creeks Najd, Shamm, Al Hablain and Ghab Ali. Besides diverse formations of coastal rocks, there are many islands scattered across the governorate, such as A’Tair and the famous Telegraph Island. Among its beaches, Qada, Mokhi, Bassa, Hyout and Hill are big draws for tourists. The diversity of terrain nurtures many wild plants and trees distinguished by their nutritional, medicinal and cosmetic properties.”

 

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