DIC relocates over 900 wildlife species
Dubai, September 2, 2008
Dubai Industrial City, a member of Tatweer, has successfully relocated more than 900 wildlife species from the project site of the largest industrial destination in Dubai.
The extensive operation took place ahead of the beginning of construction work across the six industrial zones of Dubai Industrial City, the third largest non-real estate project in Dubai, said a statement.
The operation included the capture and relocation of endangered species like gazelles, cape hares, and various types of reptiles such as Arabian toad, leptien's dhab, Arabian sand gecko, sand lizards, as well as grey monitors.
'We initiated this programme in 2006 to ensure our massive site does not infringe on the local habitat and the wildlife. This relocation is the second such initiative and is part of our corporate social responsibility programme,' said Rashed Al Ansari, vice president of Dubai Industrial City.
The relocation of endangered species also complies with Dubai Quality Mark (DQM) standards and the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) policies that support sustainable development and wildlife preservation, he added.
All captured animals were relocated to Al Marmoom Conservation Reserve, a dedicated Dubai Government animal reserve mandated to protect wildlife that has been relocated as a result of increasing construction work across the emirate.
In strict compliance with the codes of wildlife relocation, Dubai Industrial City ensured the animals were successfully transported to the new reserve within the first 24 hours of capture.
“Our responsibility did not end with the relocation activity. We still continue to spearhead a habitat protection programme and conduct a periodic monitoring of our efforts,' Al Ansari said.-TradeArabia News Service