The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) has signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with Oman Oil Company (OOC) and the Port of Duqm to support Marine Turtle conservation on Masirah Island. The project aims to collect nesting data, build the capacity of ESO Field Assistants and engage with the local community through education and awareness campaigns to inform them about the importance of turtles as essential components of a healthy environment in Oman.
Amor Al Mattani, Vice President of ESO, said, “ESO has been studying sea turtles on Masirah Island since 2008 and the new partnerships will allow us to continue our long-term monitoring programmes in order to understand the population trends. The Sultanate is one of the world’s most important thriving habitats for marine turtles and together with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) we will be able to continue our work which is vital in preserving and sustaining vulnerable creatures in a fragile natural ecosystem.”
Mulham Al Jarf, Deputy CEO of Oman Oil Company, said, “In line with OOC’s Corporate Sustainability objectives, this project empowers communities to actively participate in preserving the environment. OOC invests for the future of Oman and is committed to supporting the sustainable social and environmental development. In addition to helping build the capacity of conservation professionals, the partnership will instill the values of volunteerism and emphasise the importance of protecting the Sultanate’s wildlife.”
Peter Broers, General Manager of the Port of Duqm Industrial Land, said, “It is our responsibility as a port that we operate with a sustainable mindset. This ESO project will give us insight how the port activities and the natural habitat can go hand in hand.”
Masirah Island is home to the world’s largest population of nesting Loggerhead Turtles as well as provides nesting grounds to other species including Green, Olive Ridley and Hawksbill Turtles. All four species have been classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). ESO has tagged Loggerhead turtles to monitor their migration and nesting patterns, and has taken part in collaborative global research projects to increase understanding of the population of turtles living in Oman’s coastal waters.
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