The World Conservation Union and Oman will expand their collaboration. During his visit to Oman’s capital Muscat, Achim Steiner, Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), accompanied by Dr. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, Regional Director of IUCN’s West Asia and Middle-East Programme (WAME) and his team met with key officials in the Ministry of Regional Municipalities, Environment and Water Resources (MRME) to initiate the next phase in IUCN’s support to Oman’s National Biodiversity Action Plan and review potential collaborative initiatives related to IUCN-WAME work on protected areas, marine and water resource management.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Salim Al Rowas, Minister of MRME, emphasized the Sultanate’s keen interest in conservation as Oman expands its tourism sector as a future pillar of its economy. The IUCN delegation reaffirmed the Union’s commitment to assisting Oman in its efforts and a number of follow-up activities were agreed.
The Sultanate of Oman has earned an international reputation for its commitment to ensuring a balanced development path. Oman’s conservation and environmental management programmes initiated during the past two decades have yielded important successes for both terrestrial and marine biodiversity.
During his visit, Achim Steiner also met with members of the Environmental Society of Oman (ESO), which was formed in 2004. The meeting was attended by its Patron, HH Sayyid Tarik Bin Shahib al Said, ESO’s president, HH Tania S. Al-Said and ESO members. Follow up support for this rapidly evolving Omani environmental organization was agreed for future IUCN WAME missions to the country.