Camel overgrazing a ‘major risk’ to desert biodiversity

      Published on Friday, 28 June , 2019      659 Views     
Camel overgrazing a ‘major risk’ to desert biodiversity

  • Lifestyle

The rising popularity of camel ownership across the UAE risks wiping out rare desert plant life, conservationists have warned.

A new survey has identified an “urgent need” to tackle the impact of camel overgrazing to ensure the protection of species.

In a report published on Wednesday, researchers described camel overgrazing as “one of the Emirate’s main environmental challenges”.

They also set out extensive measures already being taken to help protect Abu Dhabi’s under-pressure groundwater reserves, monitor and enhance air quality in the emirate, and protect marine life.

“The camel is part of our tradition and culture in the UAE, so we have a lot of interest in owning camels,” said Ahmed Al Hashmi, acting executive director for biodiversity at the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, which published the annual report.

“They might be used for racing, for breeding, for milk and many other reasons. They have a big value.

“People use the desert as a grazing area for camels and without the proper management of these resources, we could lose them.

“So always, we are looking for sustainable grazing. We’re not against grazing; grazing is part of nature. But we’re looking for sustainability.”

Category Lifestyle | 2019/06/28 latest update at 4:00 AM
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