On November 14, 2014, Veolia Gulf Countries organized an environmental educational excursion and cleaning activities in the Wadi Wurayah National Park located in Fujairah, UAE. The declaration of Wadi Wurayah as a National Park in March 2009 and the inscription of this site on the RAMSAR list of Wetlands of international importance in October 2010 make the involvement in its activities so much more important and rewarding. Jacky Judas (Research Manager, Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF) and his EWS - WWF associates helped with the preparations and guided the group through the afternoon.
There are several reasons why the Fujairah branch of Veolia Gulf Countries decided to organize this year’s teambuilding event in Wadi Wurayah.
Today, natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce while our human needs are growing. The world has to rethink its relationship with the precious resources the nature offers. We as humans need to change our behavior from being consumers of resources to being custodians of resources. That’s why it’s important to educate people and especially children about environmental issues. The aim of this event was to raise awareness and give the employees and family members the opportunity to get closer to our resources, show their commitment and contribute to a more sustainable tomorrow.
Wadi Wurayah provides the ideal combination to demonstrate the extreme diversity of sources for drinking water in Fujairah, the UAE and our modern world due to being a valuable natural source of fresh water and biodiversity in a very harsh environment and its geographical proximity to the sea and the Fujairah 2 Reverse Osmosis Desalination Plant. Both sources are important and require good management for the benefit of future generations.
After the lunch, the group hiked to various areas where litter and garbage was collected and bagged for appropriate disposal.
As part of the activities and once the cleaning activities were completed, the group hiked to the beautiful and unique fresh water streams and pools where Veolia participants were tasked to catch and tag dragonflies for data collection contributing to the park’s research and monitoring programme.
The Fujairah 2 RO plant is part of the largest hybrid desalination plant in the UAE and produces 136,500 m3 of desalinated water per day through the Reverse Osmosis (RO) process and its associated Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) pre-treatment system. More information about the plant: http://bit.ly/1vldxEW
The EWS-WWF aims at restoring and sustainably managing the freshwater ecosystem and its wildlife at Wadi Wurayah. On this purpose, WWNP has been closed to public access in December 2013 to allow important cleaning, habitat restoration and development of the park management plans. Please visit http://uae.panda.org/what_we_do/conserving_biodiversity/2j/ for more information.