Sharjah: A Marine Awareness Campaign was organized by Sharjah’s Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) Al Hamriyah Beach.
EPAA partnered with Al Hamriyah City Municipality for the Campaign event which witnessed the esteemed presence of several dignitaries including Ms. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the EPAA, Mr. Humaid Saif Khalifa bin Samha Al Shamsi, Chairman of Al Hamriyah Municipal Council and Mr. Mubarak Rashid Al Shamsi, Director of Al Hamriyah Municipality, and Al Hamriyah Cultural and Sports Club.
An awareness exhibition was organized as part of the Campaign which focused on the most important marine laws related to fishing, and the laws that would protect biodiversity in coastal and marine areas.
Ms. Al Suwaidi stated that the Authority roots its actions in the vision and directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to protect the environment, preserve biodiversity, ensure sustainability, and raise environmental awareness among communities.
In line with this, the EPAA is also focused on strengthening a culture of sustainability among the youth by raising awareness of environmental challenges. In support of this, the Authority often hosts programs aimed at educating the youth on environmental issues, which gets young people actively involved in beneficial recreational activities.
The exhibition, which included numerous activities and programs related to the marine environment and its preservation, was well received by beachgoers.
A monitoring program for sea turtles in Sir Bu Nair Reserve was one of the highlights of the event which also included activities such has cultivating coral reefs in an attempt to rehabilitate coastal areas that have been destroyed because of human intervention and climate change.
The Authority also offered marine-related educational workshops for children.
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