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One of the UAE’s rarest plant species is getting a much-needed boost in Abu Dhabi


19-April-2021

25 seedlings planted within the boundaries of Jebel Hafit National Park.

Even more natural beauty is about to sprout in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi.

This is thanks to His Highness bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and the Chairman of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).

The aim is to propagate and preserve the local Al-Sarh tree and the EAD has already begun planting seedlings of this plant species. 

As a pilot, 25 seedlings were planted within the boundaries of Jebel Hafit National Park. 

This project is part of the agency’s programme to conserve and propagate important and threatened native plant species.

The Al-Sarh tree, which is considered among the local trees that support biodiversity and add beauty to the wild environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is also one of the rarest plant species in the UAE, as originally it was only recorded within Ras Al Khaimah Emirate.

Earlier last year the EAD recorded the existence of a single tree in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, estimated to be more than 100 years old. 

The tree was discovered within one of the rock formations in the Malaqit area, east of Al-Ain, near the border of the Sultanate of Oman. 

HE Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD’s Secretary General said: “Following the directives of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, EAD has made numerous attempts to propagate the Al-Sarh tree. 

“We have propagated these trees in our nursery in Al Dhafra region, which provided the initial batch of 25 plants rehabilitated within Jebel Hafit National Park.”

HE Dr. Al-Dhaheri pointed out that EAD has created small incubators to provide protection and shade for the seedlings, to reduce evaporation and stress.

During the first stage, the trees will be supplied with water, and then irrigation will be gradually reduced so they can grow independently without support. 

The EAD will continue to monitor their growth and adaptation to the surrounding environment. 

She confirmed that the EAD will continue its operations of breeding the Al-Sarh tree and rehabilitating it in its natural habitats through a process of replanting the trees within distinct plant groups in selected locations.

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