The Aden wetlands are amongst the most important wetlands in Yemen and Arabia. Aden wetlands consists of Aden lagoons east of the cause way, salt pans. All intertidal mudflats within Aden extend to little Aden, Aden marsh (a sewage effluent marsh and Doum Palm area) and the Abyan beach.
More than 100 migratory bird species use the site for feeding and roosting. Since reunification of Yemen in May 1990, significant social, political and economic changes have taken place across Yemen in general and Aden in particular. These changes have induced serious threats to the serenity and integrity of the Aden Wetlands.
These pressures are a result of the location of the site, with rapid economic development and increased demand for building land in the Aden area. The site comes under use by different government and public sub-sector (stakeholders) that have suboptimal or no coordination experience nor an actively implemented management plan to ensure preservation of the site's natural values. These developments dictate the need for the timely implementation of an integrated management plan. Most stakeholders are not aware of their authority and responsibilities regarding the management of the site.
“Together with the participation of all relevant stakeholders, this management plan will help mitigate threats and ensure wise land use policies for the conservation of important bird habitats.” - Gamal Bawazir, Project Manager.
The WOW project supported the review and update of an existing management plan to include the inter-tidal mudflats and inshore waters adjacent to a system of protected areas that were designated in 2005.
The demonstration project team worked closely with the local community and consulting with relevant government authorities to integrate the plan into national and local land use planning. Convincing stakeholders, beneficiaries and development sectors to adhere to the newly updated management plan was an important piece of the conservation challenge at the Aden wetlands.
ADDITIONAL PROJECT INFORMATION:
LOCAL IMPLEMENTING AGENCIES
THE YEMEN SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE
The Yemen Society for the Protection of Wildlife or Wildlife Yemen is working in close cooperation with BirdLife Middle East Division. The main goals of the society are to work with people towards conserving Yemen's wildlife and strive to build-up national capacity in conservation and sustainable use of natural and biological resources.
For more information please see: http://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/national/yemen/index.html
OTHER PROJECT PARTNERS