IUCN and Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve promote nature conservation in UAE

28 September 2010 | News story

Building on the conservation efforts undertaken by IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature in the West Asia region through the Regional Office for West Asia, IUCN partnered with Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) to promote nature conservation and the equitable and ecologically sustainable use of natural resources in United Arabs Emirates.

This partnership was officially announced through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed recently between both parties to institutionalize this partnership. A number of activities and programmes will be developed jointly between IUCN and DDCR including knowledge exchange, technical support, capacity building and the development of joint projects and programmes in the UAE.

Realizing the importance of protected areas as the fundamental building blocks of virtually all national and international conservation strategies, DDCR has agreed to support the Arabic translation and production of the IUCN publication Guidelines for applying protected area management categories. The IUCN protected areas categories are considered a global framework, recognized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), for categorizing the variety of protected area management types. This guideline was produced to help protected areas managers, authorities, and countries to classify their protected areas within the global system that will direct its management in a globally uniform scope of management. IUCN has started translating the guideline and will be launching it in November 2010.

“IUCN is keen to be a knowledge creating organization through working with members and partners to provide standards, best practices and guidelines for sustainability. The eco-tourism activities of DDCR provides an evidence that sustainable development is an attainable and a realistic objective.” Said Dr Odeh Al-Jayyousi, IUCN West Asia Regional Director.

It is worth mentioning that the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) aims to conserve the biodiversity of Dubai and United Arab Emirates at all, and integrate its breeding conservation programmes with the sustainable development programme, while promoting wider public support and action for the protection of the natural habitat and environment within Dubai and United Arab Emirates.

For more information, please contact Khaldoun Alomari, IUCN ROWA Protected Areas Officer khaldoun.alomari@iucn.org