Municipality and Environment implements an Environmental Awareness Tour of Mangrove trees in Al-Dhakhira Reserve

On the occasion of the International Day for Maintenance of the Mangrove Ecological System, which falls on the twenty-sixth of July each year, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment represented by the Natural Reserves Administration and Public Relations Department in cooperation with the Friends of the Environment Center yesterday (Saturday) organized an environmental tour introducing the Mangrove trees in the Al-Dhakhira reserve, transmitted live via the Ministry’s account on Instagram.

Mr. Salem Hussein Al-Safran, Assistant Director of the Nature Reserve Department, in his speech to the public during the tour, stressed the importance of celebrating this occasion, which was chosen by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 2016, as these forests represent a unique, special and fragile ecosystem, and that their presence in their vital regions and productivity brings great benefits to humans.


“Mangrove forests,” He added, “Represent rare natural sites and astonishing and abundant wildlife separating land and sea. Coastal mangroves work to produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and toxic gases, and this helps greatly in reducing global warming.”


Mr. Salem Al-Safran emphasized that the mangroves regions in the State of Qatar, which extend over an area of ??14 square kilometers, are considered one of the most important environmental systems in ridding the air of dust and harmful aeroplanktons. He further noted that these forests maintain the appropriate temperature for coastal areas, especially in reducing thermal differences between day and night.


In his speech, the assistant director of natural reserves focused on the importance of mangroves in promoting eco-tourism, as mangroves forests in Al-Dhakhira reserve are among the favorite places for natural tourism enthusiasts, stressing at the same time on the need to adhere to preserving the environment and ensuring public cleanliness and not throwing waste.


Source: Ministry of Municipality and Environment

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