Wetland and Biodiversity Enhancement for the Ras Al Khor Wetlands in Dubai
The project involved providing consultancy services on a low impact development project that would have minimal disturbance on the wildlife and environment, as well as enhancing eco-tourism activities, biodiversity enhancement opportunities of this important wetland site.
Ras Al Khor in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is a wetland reserve renowned for attracting migratory birds in large numbers. The wetlands have large numbers of birds, crustaceans, small mammals, and fish. It is a sanctuary, an enclave of relative wilderness amidst swirling traffic and sprawling urban infrastructure. Located just as the name in Arabic suggests - at the Cape of the Creek, it is among the few urban protected areas of the world.
The scope fo the work on our Malaysia office includes to:
- Carry out a site feasibility study at the Site for “ground truthing”.
- Review all documents and maps available for the Site.
- Review the preliminary conceptual master plan prepared by the Consultant and provide input on a low-impact development based on the site survey and other documents reviewed for the Site.
- Highlight any environmental issues that shall be of importance pertaining to the Site and the Project, considering its international importance.
- Undertake brainstorming and consultative sessions with consultants, specialist consultants and other technical personnel for the proposed Project presentation.
Provide and submit recommendations on possible ways to enhance biodiversity at the Site (includes providing a list of fauna and flora).
- Submit recommendations on potential eco-tourism activities that can be designed and promoted at the Site.
- Provide recommendations on buffer vegetation to screen out human activities
Prepare and provide development and construction guidelines to minimize development disturbance to wildlife and environment.