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Posted On: 24 May 2020 09:48 am

Environment Ministry marks World Turtle Day

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The State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, participated in the celebration of the World Turtle Day, which falls on May 23 of each year.

The Environment Ministry, represented by the Department of Protection and Wildlife of the Environmental Affairs Sector, affirmed that it attaches great importance to protecting endangered turtles by monitoring rare wild and marine species as a national wealth of the state and for future generations, and making efforts to protect and develop them.

The Ministry pointed out that after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) included the hawksbill sea turtle among the endangered species since 1982, the State of Qatar started its protection efforts early by announcing the project to protect hawksbill turtle in 2003.

It added that the project to protect hawksbill sea turtle is one of the pioneering projects in the protection of marine species threatened with extinction in the country, pointing out that it is being held under the supervision of the Ministry, and funded by Qatar Petroleum, and implemented by Environmental Sciences Center at Qatar University.

The project aims to preserve the endangered hawksbill turtle in the northern coasts of the State of Qatar (Ras Laffan, Huwaila, Al Jassassia, Al Marwanah, Fuwairit, Al Ghariyah and Al Mufeer) as well as in the islands (Umm Tis, Rukn, Sheraa, Halul), with the supervising of a group of experts and specialists in the Department of Protection and Wildlife of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment to carry out relevant studies in Fuwairit Beach in cooperation with a team from the Environmental Sciences Center at Qatar University.

Source: Qatar News Agency
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