(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The sultanate observed World Wetlands Day on February 2 under the slogan Wetlands and Agriculture'. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) organised several events across Oman to mark the day. These included educational programmes, clean-up campaigns, lectures by experts and the planting of mangroves.
The events were attended by a number of ministries, including the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Muscat Municipality, NGOs such as the Environment Society of Oman, school students and private sector companies, an MECA official said.
Dr Ahmad Saidi, director, conservation of the marine environment, MECA, said that Oman is giving special focus to environmental conservation, preservation of natural resources and development of wetlands to ensure their use for future generations. Oman had been observing World Wetlands Day since 2010 and in 2012 joined the Ramsar Convention, through Royal Decree 64/2012.
The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty aimed at conservation of wetlands. It is named after the city of Ramsar in Iran where the pact was signed.
Oman, under the supervision of MECA, has been able to conserve wetlands in the capital area and other parts of the country. Planting of mangroves helps maintain ecological balance, provides shelter to marine species, acts as a natural protection from storms and attracts migratory birds.