Conserving the Hidden Nature: An Overview on Conservation Efforts in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Conserving the Hidden Nature: An Overview on Conservation Efforts in United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The aim of the study is to document the threats faced by reptiles with other species in UAE and the

conservation efforts done by Barari Natural Resources (BNR). The study was conducted by reviewing

the factors affecting the existing wildlife in 34 different sites managed by Barari Natural Resources in

the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from March to July 2014. The data was collected

using a combination of methods which included participatory observations and group discussions with

the local community including the residents, farmers, foresters, wildlife rangers/staff, and field

workers. The findings/ results of the study indicate that the major threats faced by existing herpetofauna

and other associated wildlife in the study area were off-road driving (25%) followed by desert

safari (19%), human habitation (16%), illegal poaching (13%), human interaction (11%), habitat

degradation (9%) and disturbance (7%). Majority of people (44.80%) believed that off-road driving and

desert safari are the most common threats to these reptiles and other wildlife, whereas 32.20%

people thought that human interference and illegal poaching are the main cause of threats to reptiles

and mammals, while 23% people didn’t know about the threats to herpeto-fauna. According to our

findings, 89.20% of people liked wildlife including reptiles and mammals whereas, 10.80%

respondents were indecisive and did not show much interest.

 

Author (s) Details

 

Umer Hafeez Goursi

Department of Wildlife and Conservation Management Services, Barari Natural Resources LLC, United Arab Emirates.

Malik Rapaie

Department of Wildlife and Conservation Management Services, Barari Natural Resources LLC, United Arab Emirates.

Abid Mehmood

Department of Wildlife and Conservation Management Services, Barari Natural Resources LLC, United Arab Emirates.

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