Biodiversity

Nada Al Assaad Kivelä – Founder and Instructor/Team Leader

Nordic Walking UAE

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I love our planet and my life and want to be an active responsible citizen contributing to the embetterment and productivity of our society along with my family, friends, followers and supporters in promoting through Nordic Walking in the UAE and the Arabic Peninsula a Healthy Living lifestyle and sustaining our biodiversity in our earth for the future generations to come.

Wellness – Conservation and Biodiversity

I came to realize that Nordic Walking and Trekking with Poles outdoors are linked to Nature and the Environment that contribute to in balancing our body, mind and emotions. There are in fact interconnected issues that impact us as outdoors recreation users and our planet’s species that are part of the same ecosystem and that the environment is often cited as an important factor influencing the individuals health condition.

Today Deforestation,Climate Change,Water Pollution,Wildlife and Health are subjects that we are pretty familiar with and in order to safeguard our precious planet, we need to immediately act in educating for Sustainability and Health.

According to a recent study, “By 2050, rising temperatures exacerbated by human-induced belches of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases could send more than a million of Earth’s land-dwelling plants and animals down the road to extinction”.

Biodiversity

As stated in Aichi Biodivervsity “Target 1. : By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably. (Expo 2020)

Biodiversity Conservation is about protecting our planet’s species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction.

Please join me to Walk with Poles to promote Health and Wellness, while at the same time caring for the conservation of life on Earth, its most exceptional ecosystems and habitats. Places which are rich in biodiversity. Places with unique animals and plants.

Let’s Nord Walk Outdoors for Health, Wellness and in support of Conservation causes of Land, Water and the Wildlife species, habitats and Ecosystems from extinction, while showing care and respect for the villages, mangroves communities and mountains indigenous people.

How does Biodiversity loss affect me and everyone else?

“Human health is strongly linked to the health of ecosystems, which meet many of our most critical needs”. WHO’s Department for the Protection of the Human Environment

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Biological diversity is the resource upon which families, communities, nations and future generations depend. It is the link between all organisms on earth, binding each into an interdependent ecosystem, in which all species have their role. It is the web of life.

We are currently using around 25% or more of natural resources than the planet can sustain. As a result species, habitats and local communities are under pressure or direct threats (for example from loss of access to fresh water).

Biodiversity underpins the health of the planet and has a direct impact on all our lives. Reduced biodiversity means millions of people face a future where food supplies are more vulnerable to pests and disease, and where fresh water is in irregular or short supply.

Together we all form part of the planet’s ecosystems, which means if there is a biodiversity crisis, our health and livelihoods are at risk too.

The Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr)

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The Arabian leopard (Panthera pardus nimr), the rarest of the eight leopard sub-species, is a leopard subspecies native to the Arabian Peninsula and classified as Critically Endangered by IUCN since 1996. The population comprises fewer than 250 mature individuals and is very fragmented. Their population is in continuous decline.

Despite all these conservation measures, the Arabian leopard still has dangerously low numbers and is extremely vulnerable to the threat of extinction. The most important identified need of this unique cat is to urgently safeguard it and its prey species in Oman Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve in Dhofar, Oman, possibly the last viable refuge of the species.

For this to be successful in the long term, conservationists face the challenge of minimizing human damage to the area, reducing human-leopard conflict, and most significantly, making the reserve benefit the local people economically, a powerful incentive to the surrounding communities to protect their rare and unique native fauna.

Some Arabian leopards have been placed in conservation breeding centers in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Deforestation

Forests of the Tide

”At the intersection of land and sea, mangrove forests support a wealth of life, from starfish to people, and may be more important to the health of the planet than we ever realized”.

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“Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea. Mangroves are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. Birds roost in them, shellfish attach themselves to the roots and they provide nursery grounds for fish and a source nectar for honeybees”.

They are the coastal equivalent of rainforests, they provide shelter for an incredible range of plant and animal life, support the sustenance of local communities, and protect the coast from storms and erosions. According to research studies, the most alarming greatest threat to mangroves, worldwide, is shrimp farming – about 35 percent of mangroves worldwide have been lost in the last 20 years.

“Mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds may decline while coastal freshwater swamps and marshes will be vulnerable to saltwater intrusion with rising sea-levels”.

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Why Are Mangroves Important for Health?

Mangroves are various types of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics.

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More than one in six mangrove species worldwide are in danger of extinction due to coastal development and other factors, including climate change, logging and agriculture, according to the first-ever global assessment on the conservation status of mangroves for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

“Mangroves live life on the edge. With one foot on land and one in the sea. Mangroves form are among the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems on Earth. Birds roost in them, shellfish attach themselves to the roots and they provide nursery grounds for fish and a source nectar for honeybees”.

They are the coastal equivalent of rainforests, they provide shelter for an incredible range of plant and animal life, support the sustenance of local communities, and protect the coast from storms and erosions. According to research studies, the most alarming greatest threat to mangroves, worldwide, is shrimp farming – about 35 percent of mangroves worldwide have been lost in the last 20 years.

“Mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass beds may decline while coastal freshwater swamps and marshes will be vulnerable to saltwater intrusion with rising sea-levels”.

Eco-Education

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Mangrove habitats are influenced to a great extent by communities social responsibilities in raising awareness to environmental education in schools on the importance of mangroves. Joint community efforts are encouraged to prevent mangroves extinction preserve and to sustain the rich natural heritage of mangroves.

Mangrove ecosystems play an important role as habitat to marine life. Aspects of mangrove ecology are an important part of the curriculum of many schools and universities.

Major research efforts on mangroves will be conducted to improve the management of emerging issues like climate change and its impact on mangroves.