Muscat – Environment Authority (EA) has eliminated over 93,000 birds in Dhofar as part of its efforts to combat invasive avian species.
A statement issued by EA said, ‘A team participating in the National Campaign on Combating Invasive Birds removed more than 93,000 invasive birds in six months. The national campaign was launched in Dhofar on December 13, 2022.’
This announcement was made at the Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture and Entertainment in Salalah during an event held under the patronage of H H Sayyid Marwan bin Turki al Said, Governor of Dhofar, in the presence of Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Omari, Chairman of EA and the main committee of the National Campaign on Combating Invasive Birds.
On the occasion, Sulaiman Nasser al Akhzami, Director General of Nature Preservation at EA, said that invasive birds influence the ecosystem in a negative way. They cause biological imbalance by disrupting the natural food chain. They also transmit diseases, like bird flu, and destroy agricultural crops.
These invasive bird species are concentrated in coastal areas of North Batinah, South Batinah, Muscat and Dhofar.
At the announcement event, there were two visual presentations – one on the campaign to combat invasive birds conducted in Dhofar and the second on field surveys carried out to identify the spread of these birds in the sultanate.
The authority also signed an agreement in cooperation with the University of Dhofar for cooperation in the field of nature conservation and environmental conservation.