On Saturday, October 27, delegates took advantage of a number of field trip opportunities, including visits to several Ramsar wetlands.
A trip to Al Zorah, in the Emirate of Ajman, included a kayak trip and a visit to the Sharjah Natural History Museum.
Participants kayaked on the tidal lagoon, with grey mangroves flanking the sides, where they saw flamingos, herons, egrets, cormorants, terns, and jumping fish. They planted mangrove saplings as part of a restoration project and were informed the new plantings were under water by the time they reboarded the bus.
The Al-Zorah Protected Area, a portion of the lagoon, was added to the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance in 2016. The protected area lies at the end of Ajman Creek, where it flows into the Gulf. Dominated by mangrove forests, the area also includes other coastal and inland wetland types such as intertidal mudflats, lagoons and creeks.
The kayak tour was hosted was the Municipality of Ajman.
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