Ministry of Municipality and Environment celebrates Mangrove Day in Qatar

Ministry of Municipality and Environment celebrates Mangrove Day in Qatar

By QLNews

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment represented by the Natural Reserves and the Public Relations Departments, in cooperation with the friends of the Environment Centre, celebrated International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, which falls on July 26 every year, by organizing an introductory environmental tour of mangroves in the Al Dhakhira Natural Reserve.

Assistant Director of the Natural Reserves Department, Salem Al Safran, stressed the importance of celebrating this occasion, which was selected by UNESCO since 2016, as these forests represent a unique and fragile ecosystem and that their biomass presence and productivity bring significant benefits to humans.

He added that mangrove forests represent rare, surprising natural sites with abundant wildlife separating land and sea which works to produce oxygen as well as absorb carbon dioxide and toxic gases, which greatly helps in reducing global warming.

Al Safran explained that the mangrove trees in the state of Qatar, which extend over an area of 14 square km, are considered one of the most important ecological systems in ridding the air of dust and harmful suspensions.

He pointed out that these forests maintain the appropriate temperature for the coastal areas in which they are located, especially in reducing thermal differences between day and night.

The mangrove is a major environmental component in maintaining moisture and the water cycle in the soil, he added, noting that it also plays an important role in preventing erosion of coastal soils.

They are also an ideal medium for many small fishes, flora, and fauna, as well as a haven for seabirds. The Assistant Director focused on the importance of mangrove trees in promoting ecotourism, pointing out that the Al Dhakhira Nature Reserve is popular among tourists and emphasized the need to commit to preserving the environment, ensuring public cleanliness and not throwing waste.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Municipal and Environmental Affairs, represented by the Department of Public Hygiene and the Department of Natural Reserves, in cooperation with the Seashore Group, implemented an awareness campaign to invite beachgoers to commit to maintaining cleanliness and throwing waste in their the designated places.

Al Sheehaniya Municipality also implemented the bird watering initiative in public parks, with the aim of protecting birds from the summer heat and preserving the environment and wildlife in the region, where drinking water basins for birds were provided in parks located within the municipality.

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