Advising on a new monitoring project in Kuwait
Marie travelled to Kuwait City last week with one of our colleagues from WWT’s Conservation Department, Richard Hearn, to look at a site being protected under the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme (KERP). The project, funded by the United Nations Compensation Commission/ Kuwait National Focal Point (KNFP), aims to restore habitats that were damaged during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. We were contracted by the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) to work with them and staff from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The site we looked at, called East Jahra Reserve, is a coastal area, adjacent to a new Marine Protected Area (MPA). There is a series of freshwater pools, supplied with tertiary treated water from a sewage treatment plant, providing valuable wetland habitat for wintering and migratory bird species. The reserve boundary is shortly going to be extended to include an area of around 40km2.
This initial visit was to ascertain the potential for developing a species monitoring programme to capture sufficient data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the habitat protection from its reserve status. Advice on public engagement and habitat management for the benefit of wildlife will also be given.
It is hoped that this trip was the first of many in our new Arabian adventure.