Two water desalination stations for serving citizens and tourists,Experts set up a national strategy for biodiversity [Archives:2004/745/Business & Economy]

June 10 2004

Mahyoub Al-Kamaly
Specialized experts have worked out a national strategy on biodiversity and an executive plan for safeguarding water bio-resources and their balanced and sustainable utilization of them with the aim of realising a better life, in compatible with their productive capacity and safety of their creatures.
The strategy, discussed by 70 experts and specialists from concerned authorities, contains four objectives including safeguarding natural resources, integration of biodiversity with sectorial development plans and securing supporting mechanisms for their implementation. According to the executive plan 7 projects will be carried out pertaining to building and developing an integrated national plan for natural preservations and littoral areas and development and implementation of policies and legislations related to biodiversity. The plan is also intended for preserving agricultural biodiversity and revival of local norms and traditions as well as carrying out a national program for enlightenment and launching legislations intended for marine life safety.
Preparation of the strategic scheme that is given support by donors, comes in the process of Yemen's meting of its commitments towards the multi-lateral agreement on biodiversity and to obtain an international support for safeguarding that diversity existent in the country.
It is also expected that the state authority for development renovation of Yemeni islands would soon install and operate two stations for sea water desalination in the island of Al-Fasht, Midi district in the governorate of Hajjah and the Samhah Island in Hadramout governorate. Building of the two stations is aimed at providing for needs of population and tourists of pure waters and part of the government plan to rehabilitation of around 25 islands to be suitable for investment and tourism as well as benefiting from their advantages in activating their local communities and their role in the daily economic cycle.