UAE: Mangrove Protection
The Arabian / Persian Gulf has a rich and long tradition in natural pearls. It is only very recently that efforts to culture pearls in the region have appeared. The main pearl farm is located in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), in the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah. This region is experiencing strong economic growth and has seen major large-scale developments, putting pressure on native mangrove ecosystems. The RAK Pearls farm is located in such a mangrove ecosystem and is culturing pearls using local Pinctada radiata oysters.
Impacts: The establishing of a pearl farm in a sensitive mangrove ecosystem has put this zone under protection. The pearl farm acts as a protecting area for this ecosystem, in an area that is under pressure from rapid industrial development. The pearl farm has set up visits of the pearl farm and established a museum in Ras al-Khaimah which is raising environmental awareness and the need to protect native mangrove ecosystems.
For more information on pearl farming on the RAK Pearls farm visit www.rakpearls.com.