Doha, – The Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) on Saturday announced the implementation of a number of necessary measures to insert the new host of coral reefs,”Fasht RasGas” under Qatar’s protected Natural Reserve.

In a press release on Saturday, the Ministry said this step aims at ensuring the project’s success and the conservation of marine ecosystems and marine biodiversity in Qatar.

The project being implemented in cooperation and coordination between the Ministry’s Environmental Assessment Department and RasGas Company embodies the State of Qatar’s keenness to enrich and protect a healthy marine environment in line with the fourth pillar of Qatar’s National Vision (QNV) 2030, which calls for which calls for environmental management and protection aimed at ensuring harmony and consistency with economic and social development, MME added.

The ongoing cooperation between the two sides is part of the environmental assessment for the RasGas’ projects, which confirm its commitment to protect marine biodiversity through two programs of Coral Reefs Transfer carried by the company in collaboration with the Ministry, MME said, adding that RasGas has transferred at least 1693 natural coral reefs in 2012 and about 1100 in 2014.

The RasGas project of Coral Reefs Transfer implements a semi-annual follow-up and monitoring program during the first five years, including a follow-up for the adaptation of coral reefs with synthetic substrates such as limestone artificial rocks as well as a comprehensive health assessment of coral reefs following their transfer.

MME pointed out that “RasGas” provides the Environmental Assessment Department with a semi-annual report on coral reefs’ health in order to follow up their characteristics, including coral growth using three-dimensional imaging techniques along with monitoring the status of new corals and rates of growth. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency