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Complex impact assessment of coastal development in the United Arab Emirates using GIS: A case study of Wurayah Biosphere Reserve

Al-Hogaraty, E.A., Garamoon, H.K., El-Baz, F., Zölitz-Möller, R. and Moati, M.A..A. (2013) Complex impact assessment of coastal development in the United Arab Emirates using GIS: A case study of Wurayah Biosphere Reserve. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 6 (11). pp. 4093-4107.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12517-012-0697-0
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Abstract

Wadi Wurayah area is one of the major wadis originating and running on the Oman Mountains and drains into the Oman Gulf. These wadis in general and Wadi Wurayah in particular are characterized with a rich diversity of rare and mountainous and freshwater habitats and species. These wadis contain unequal, representative, and sensitive areas of the dry lands ecosystem with natural, outstanding landscapes and cultural heritage, while the socioeconomic situation indicates that it has enough socioeconomic infrastructures to develop new alternatives ecologically and economically sustainable. As most of the United Arab Emirates and the region, the study area is undergoing dramatic changes linked to economic diversification and promotion of tourism. Established under the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program, Wurayah Biosphere Reserve represents protected areas intended to demonstrate well-balanced relationship between conservation of biodiversity and an appropriate local development. The main objectives of this study are to develop an environmental information system to understand the dynamics of human activities associated to land use in the study area, highlight the threats to the environment, educate people about the basic environmental issues and positive traditional practices, and promote tourism. Based on the gained results, the concept of biosphere reserve as a model is to implement ideas of sustainable land use in practice.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/19171
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