The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the Fujairah Centre for Adventures have inked an agreement to cultivate a mega coral garden along the coast of Fujairah.
The garden, expected to set a Guinness World Record as possibly the largest in the world, will provide a haven for biodiversity to sustain and rehabilitate ecosystems in the UAE.
Al Muamari noted that the agreement was signed under the directives of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, to preserve marine life and enhance fisheries, thereby boosting tourism in the emirate and attracting divers and nature enthusiasts from the UAE and abroad.
“Such agreements are important to help preserve the pristine natural beauty of the region, and its precious marine environment. The project is the largest in the world and will help boost local and international interest in the coral reef and the marine environment,” Al Muamari added.
He said that the agreement will help protect the country’s marine life, especially the diverse environments of its coastlines, while promoting and enhancing community participation.
Under the agreement, the ministry will provide grown corals of various sizes and types to meet the project’s unique needs.
The Fujairah Centre for Adventures will determine the best geographical location for the garden — to ensure it is easily accessible and within the range of logistic services and that it falls within a natural protected area. It will also pilot different mechanisms of coral aquaculture and transplantation, in addition to monitoring and documenting the development in corals and assessing the area’s biodiversity every quarter.
Source: Gulf News