The participants in the workshop entitled (Establishing a Natural Reserve in Sabkhat al-Jabbul) stressed the necessity of partnership with the local community to activate the decision of the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment to establish a human and biosphere reserve in Lake al-Jabul and develop the necessary plans to manage the reserve in a way that contributes to the preservation of plant and animal biodiversity and the settlement of the people in their villages.
During his speech at the workshop organized by the Ministry in cooperation with the Governorate of Aleppo and with the participation of the Syrian Trust for Development and the Syrian Society for the Protection of Wildlife at the site of Sabkhat al-Jaboul, east of Aleppo, the Deputy Minister of Local Administration and Environment Moataz Dohji called for the necessity of developing the site and managing the reserve as it constitutes a habitat for migratory birds and an attractive area for eco-tourism International, as well as working and partnering with the local community to achieve the effective management of the Jabbul Reserve.
Doh Ji pointed out that the workshop comes within the Ministry's plan to implement a project to conserve biodiversity, manage reserves, and protect plant and biological species found in four reserves, coinciding with the International Day for Biological Diversity.
The Governor of Aleppo, Hussein Diab, noted the importance of Sabkhat al-Jabbul as one of the most important global natural sites in terms of a wet environment and rich in biodiversity, which constitutes one of the elements of tourist attractions, which occupies an area of 260 km, stressing the governorate’s endeavor to advance the developmental, social and economic reality and rebuild a new stage in partnership with the local community and implement projects contribute to achieving sustainable development.
The Head of the Reserves Department in the Ministry, Engineer Mayada Saad, gave a presentation on the foundations of establishing natural reserves and preserving natural resources. The Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the Provincial Council, Ahmed Al-Yassin, gave a presentation on Aleppo Governorate’s plan to take care of the reserve, the work strategy for its development and employment in tourism and the environment, and the mechanism of the local community’s contribution to managing the site.
The Director of the Syrian Trust for Development, Engineer Jan Magamez, pointed to the importance of participatory work with the people of the region and the administrative units, while the President of the Syrian Society for the Protection of Wildlife Hanadi Al-Sadat presented the Society's vision in protecting wildlife to gain national and international support.
The people of the area and the heads of the administrative units surrounding the lake pointed out the difficulties facing the residents and the importance of finding the necessary solutions to develop work by improving the service and living conditions.
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