The International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade was convened in the British Capital on 13/2/2014 with the participation of 41 states in addition to the EU representatives.
The conference announced commitment of the participant countries to put an end to such trade. The third paragraph of the scope and impacts of the illegal trade in wildlife provides: The illegal trade in wildlife is stealing from the countries and civil societies their natural wealth and cultural heritage with the resulting alarming ecosocial consequences leading to undermining the livelihoods of civil societies that mainly depend on natural resources and would ruin the ecological systems order and destroy sustainable economic development. The irresponsible practices of illegal trade would restrain the potential of the required investment and sustainable development in new economic activities and projects.
Pursuant to this paragraph, it is evident how far competent experts fear the threat of eradicating wildlife due to the negative impact on the society together with all its components, to the extent that made some of them say that wildlife is a natural and cultural heritage and no one should tamper with it since it is a gift from the Almighty Allah and anyone who might think that extinction of such creatures would not affect human beings is absolutely mistaken since we are together in one food chain and one environment, hence, we affect each other interactively.
Here, at the Royal Commission, natural and man-made sites, such as Sabkhat Al-Fasl a habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, are carefully monitored on a regular basis. Such sites include clay surfaces, mangrove areas, and wet lands. Monitoring also covers the areas along the coastal strip and remote desert locations to detect pollution and unauthorized backfill works.
Sabkhat Al-Fasl is one of the three environmentally vital places in Jubail Industrial City where hunting is strictly prohibited further to the two islands of Fanateer and Kurma which are wet lands of about 1,300 ha in area resultant of surplus effluent treated water that usually used for the landscape irrigation in the city, amounting to roughly 20 – 30 thousand cubic meters per day. Sabkaht Al-Fasl has the largest diversity of bird species in the Arabian Gulf region totaling approximately 20,000 birds during the migration season in midwinter.
In the end, we all are aware that the environment plays a fundamental role in humans’ livelihoods and their future on earth. All nations, whether poor or rich, have this issue in common which means that it is a common responsibility for, nations and individuals to protect the environment.