Muscat – Environment Authority (EA) has launched a campaign in Dakhliyah to preserve the natural environment of the governorate, its perennial and rare trees and spread environmental awareness among community members and visitors.
In a statement, EA said, ‘The campaign aims to monitor perennial trees in tourist places, spread awareness among visitors, prevent tree fires and maintain cleanliness of these areas.’
‘Our specialists will also intensify efforts to educate visitors about preserving vegetation cover and wild trees.’
According to the Environmental Protection and Pollution Control Law No 114/2001, the offence of cutting or burning trees invites imprisonment of up to three months and a fine of not less than RO500 and not exceeding RO5,000, besides confiscation of tools.
‘The law punishes anyone who cuts, uproots or burns any tree. The law also punishes anyone who moves sand from valleys or beaches without permission from the Environment Authority.’
EA urged all to preserve the environment ‘because it is the responsibility of all members of society’.