COLLECTIVE motion is required to protect Bahrain’s coral reefs in related style to efforts exerted by Belize, a Caribbean nation that’s residence to components of the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere.
Bahrain Authority for Culture Authority (Baca) antiquities and museums director Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa believes that Bahrain might study a precious lesson from Belize, which has managed to avoid wasting its Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger.
The World Heritage Committee (WHC), which hosted its 42nd session in Manama, has eliminated the reef from Unesco’s hazard checklist of heritage properties.
The committee mentioned the resolution was warranted contemplating the safeguarding measures taken by the nation, notably the introduction of a moratorium on oil exploration throughout its maritime zone and the strengthening of forestry laws permitting for higher safety of mangroves.
The GDN reported in March that the Supreme Council for Environment, in collaboration with Baca and different entities, was drawing up an in depth plan to control fishing actions as a part of efforts to guard websites at Tubli Bay, Dohat Arad, Mashtan Islands, Hawar Islands, Bulthama Reef and the Northern Marine Reserves protecting Najwat Bulthamat and the Hayr pearl oyster beds.
“Many of the successful conservation efforts are the result of collective efforts that include both government and non-governmental agencies,” Shaikh Khalifa informed the GDN.
“The case of Belize was one thing that we had been very proud to announce right here – to take away the web site from World heritage Property in Danger checklist.
“The state get together of Belize has demonstrated its capability, with correct administration and laws, to guard the excellent common worth of the coral reefs.
“As the WHC states there are round 30 such coral reefs in the World Heritage checklist which is a testomony to the significance of getting this illustration of such an necessary conference, which in the first place goals at conserving and preserving such websites round the world.
“We definitely have a lesson to learn from Belize, which is indeed the power of collective action that we can put into action to preserve our coral reefs as well.”
With its dimension, the Belize Barrier Reef is second to solely the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and is a well-liked vacationer attraction. The coral reef itself spans throughout 300km and is a part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is the largest in the western hemisphere, spanning 900km lengthy.
Belize Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber informed the GDN that Bahrain ought to study from his nation’s errors and work to protect its coral reefs for future generations.
“In Belize, because of tourism, we were a bit negligent in terms of preservation – we were more in a rush to ensure that we have the major hotels and other such amenities, and that damages the product, so to speak,” he mentioned on the sidelines of the session.
“My first phrase of recommendation to Bahrain, which is residence to lovely and valuable coral reefs, is to not go after one thing that advantages in the brief time period however to have a look at what we will protect for the long run, for the good thing about our future generations.
“Next is to take heed to people who find themselves involved, which is the subsequent large lesson that we as a authorities learnt.
“There are entities that characterize a wider perspective of the world and when you’ve got reefs in your marine system, it isn’t solely your duty to protect and shield them on your nation, however it is usually one thing that we should do for the remainder of the world.
“We must play that role, which is expected of us on ta he global level.”
The reserve was inscribed on the ‘in danger list’ in 2009 as a result of the destruction of mangroves and marine ecosystems, offshore oil extraction, and the improvement of non-sustainable constructing initiatives.
During the session a younger environmentalist from Belize, 12-year-old Madison Edwards, thanked the WHC and member states for de-listing the web site from the hazard checklist.
“I am so happy to have our barrier reefs back on the heritage list and is safe,” she added.
The WHC session, which ended on Wednesday, gathered round 2,000 specialists from round the world and was held underneath the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad at the Ritz-Carlton Bahrain.