Oman


Panel set up for turtle protection


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Muscat: Mohammed bin Salim Al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, Sunday issued a ministerial decision, forming a committee for the turtle protection project in Oman.

The committee would draw upon expertise from ministries and the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) apart from other forums to ensure a conducive environment for the reproduction and survival of turtles.

The committee, headed by the Director-General of Nature Preservation at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, includes members from the Ministry of Tourism, the Research Council, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Sultan Qaboos University, Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Interior, and the Environment Society of Oman.

The committee will supervise the preparation of a national strategy for marine turtle protection, assessing their current status, the challenges and priorities, formulating an action plan and means to implement it, and submitting proposals about sites that should be declared as "sanctuaries".

The decision comes as part of the ministry's efforts to provide marine turtles with a conducive environment for reproduction and survival. It is expected to boost Oman's ecological resources.

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