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Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, U.A.E.: Project Document - Rapid Assessment of Potential Biosphere Reserves at Khor Kalba

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  Project Document - Rapid Assessment of Potential Biosphere Reserves at Khor Kalba Aspinall, S., B. Böer, M. Ziolkowski, P. Hogarth & M. Beech Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, U.A.E. September 2002 UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL,SCIENTIFIC & CULTURAL ORGANIZATION THE UNESCO REGIONAL OFFICEIN THE ARAB STATES OF THE GULF Prepared for H.H. The Ruler's OfficeEnvironment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA)Government of Sharjah with assistance fromAl Midfa, A.A., H.S. Al Swaidi, O.S. Abdulla & H. Schwarze  Field survey in May 2002. Pictures taken by S. Aspinall & B. Böer  The designations employed and the presentation of material throughout this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNESCO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. ro at r ghte of rock art sl eaco a see  1 Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Project Document – Rapid assessment of a potential Biosphere Reserve at Khor Kalba Aspinall, S. 1 , B. Böer 2 , M. Ziolkowski 3 ,P. Hogarth 4  & M. Beech 5 with assistance from A.A. Al Midfa 6 , H.S Al Swaidi 6 , O.S. Abdulla 6  & H. Schwarze 7 1  Church Lane, Cley, Norfolk, UK 2  UNESCO Office Doha, P.O. Box 3945, Doha, Qatar 3 P.O. Box 432, Fujairah, UAE 4  Dept. of Biology, University of York, UK 5  ADIAS, P.O. Box 45553, Abu Dhabi, UAE 6  EPAA, Sharjah, UAE 7  Faculty of Geography, University of Paderborn, Germany Prepared forH.H. The Ruler’s OfficeEnvironment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA)Government of Sharjah September 2002  2 Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Index  1. Acknowledgements......................................................................................3 2. Summary.........................................................................................................4 3. Background.....................................................................................................6 4. Justification....................................................................................................7 5. Introduction....................................................................................................9 6. Assessment..................................................................................................10 7. Survey results..............................................................................................10 7.1 Flora and landscape........................................................................10 7.2 Anthropogenic impacts.................................................................12 7.3 Fauna..................................................................................................13 7.4 Archaeology, history and local heritage...................................16 8. Current landuse...........................................................................................19 9. Discussion.....................................................................................................2010. Justification for candidacy.......................................................................2511. Biosphere Reserve designation...............................................................2612. Immediate objectives................................................................................2713. Longterm objectives..................................................................................2814. Monitoring....................................................................................................2915. Further work.................................................................................................2916. Budgets..........................................................................................................3017. References....................................................................................................31  3 Biosphere Reserve Study, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 1. Acknowledgements UNESCO wishes to thank His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al Qassimi, The Ruler of Sharjah, for his interest in UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), and his particular interest in Biosphere Reserves, as well as his generous hospitality. We thank His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Midfa, Director of Environment & Protected Areas Authority, EPAA, as well as Ms. Hana Saif Al Swaidi, and Mr. Osman Shaban Abdulla, who provide substantial support for this study, for which we are very thankful. Henning Schwarze from the University of Paderborn kindly assisted with the production of this report and associated CD Rom.We would also like to thank Dr. Bubtana, Director of the UNESCO Office Doha, and his professional team for unswerving guidance and support.This study was supported financially by the Division of Ecological Sciences, UNESCO. Special thanks are due to Dr. Peter Bridgewater, Director SC/ECO, as well as to Dr. Miguel Clüsener-Godt, for their essential input, which allowed this study to be completed. Figure 1: Beach seine-netting off the open beach at Kalba
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