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Dh1m donated to help save the marine life of Lebanon

posted on 19/12/2006: 1205 views

More than a million dirhams donated by UAE residents will help protect the marine life of Lebanon and the Mediterranean in the aftermath of the Israeli attacks. This was announced yesterday as the UAE handed over a cheque of Dh1.37m to Greenpeace Mediterranean.

"This is the first time Greenpeace Mediterranean has received such a large donation for the express intent of helping clean up and preserve Lebanon,” said Ahmet Bektas, the executive director. "It is humbling to see that here, 2,000 kilometres away from the site of the destruction, there is such concern.” The money was collected on November 9 at a charity concert of Lebanese singer Magida El Roumi, where ticket sales and on-the-spot donations were gathered to help Lebanon, which is still struggling to reclaim its coastal areas. "It was a great response. At least Dh350,000 was collected through donations made at the concert by people,” said Noura Al Noman, the manager of the office of Sheikha Jawahar bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. She was the patron.

"Sheikha Jawahar chose Greenpeace because of its worldwide work to protect the planet's ecology and Lebanon's marine life and because it has a sustainable strategy for the environment.” Since July Greenpeace has been spearheading work to clean up the war zone.

Lebanon witnessed its worst environmental disaster when an Israeli airstrike hit a power plant, dumping 15,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean – dam aging about 100 kilometres of Lebanese coast. The organisation was one of the first groups on the ground in the aftermath of the attack, as they had been working in the region to highlight conservation of the Mediterranean.

Greenpeace has earmarked the sum for its long-term goal of setting up a marine protected area. "We think a protected area is the answer to recover, protect and preserve the environment. We can continue doing these clean ups, but the risk remains from a number of other sources,” said Omer Elnaiem, the regional communications officer. (Emirates Today)


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