Emirates Nature – WWF, The
Sharjah-UAE: 26 December, 2019 – His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, today officially opened the revitalized falaj site in Wadi Shees in the emirate of Sharjah.
The regeneration efforts were carried out to enhance and preserve the ecological and cultural aspects of Wadi Shees through the improvement of the traditional falaj irrigation system that aims to preserve the site’s biodiversity while maintaining conventional farming practices
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “Sustaining and developing the country’s precious water resources have always topped our list of priorities. From the early days, our ancestors have relied on innovation and sustainable water consumption to meet this goal. The traditional falaj irrigation system is a prime example of such sustainability efforts. This innovative method of transporting water secured their needs of fresh water for decades.”
He added: “The restoration of the falaj system at Wadi Shees helps preserve the ecological and cultural characteristics of the site to familiarize current and future generations with the UAE’s heritage and traditions, while at the same time developing the environment at Wadi Shees through improving water supply. We are proud of this project, which highlights the importance of productive public-private partnerships in ensuring the overall well-being of the UAE and its people.”
The project, in partnership with Emirates Nature - WWF and The
Speaking on the partnership, Laila Mostafa Abdullatif, Director General of Emirates Nature-WWF, said: “Water remains our most precious resource today and it is our foremost responsibility to work together with the government, businesses and the community to safeguard our freshwater resources for future generations. We’re proud to have joined efforts with The
As part of its vision to do business the right way, The
Commenting on the project, Murat Ozgel, President, Middle East and North Africa Business Unit, The
“As I participate in today’s inauguration ceremony, I am particularly proud of the regeneration of the falaj system at Wadi Shees. This project is a shining example of the work we do alongside our respected partners. This project has successfully combined traditional culture with technology and innovation to give back to the community and is a great case study for us as a business as we move forward. Responsible water use is a key focus area and we will continue to prioritize water projects in the UAE to create a better future.”
Wadi Shees seeks to achieve Ramsar recognition in the near future and support its designation as a new protected area or heritage site.