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Ministries launch initiative to document butterfly species

25 Sep 2021 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI) have launched an initiative to document the sultanate’s butterfly species.

“The initiative will include two competitions – a butterfly photography competition and the second of recording the maximum number of butterfly species. The initiative is supported by Oman Indian Fertilizer Company (Omifco),” an MoHERI official said.

He added that the initiative aims to educate the community about indigenous butterflies species. “It will help classify and update scientific data about Omani butterfly species, besides promoting tourist destinations in the sultanate.”

MoHERI launched the initiative through an app called Tajmee. Anyone wishing to participate must share data and pictures of local butterfly species through the app. “The participant must be the copyright owner of the photos, which will become the property of the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism and MoHERI at the end of the competition and after announcement of the results,” the ministry official said.

“The app will enable users to upload pictures of plants, animals and aquatic organisms, too.” December 15 has been set as the deadline to participate in the competition and results will be announcement at the end of the month.

“The last report published on the types of butterflies in Oman dates back to 1996,” the official said.
“The report included species observed in the Governorate of Muscat in the period from 1993 to 1996 and those recorded in the National Insect Collection at the Natural History Museum.”

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