SEZAD organises "Together for a Sustainable Environment in Duqm" clean-up campaign

February 23, 2022

Extraction of 1 tonne of fishing waste near Hamra Rock

SEZAD organises "Together for a Sustainable Environment in Duqm" clean-up campaign


Duqm - February 23, 2022

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), represented by the Environmental Awareness Team in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, organised a clean-up campaign, "Together for a Sustainable Environment in Duqm". The campaign was aimed to clean the seabed near the Hamar Rock, opposite Nufoon Village in the Wilayat of Duqm, with the participation of 12 divers and volunteers.

In abid to activate the partnership and cooperation between the public and private sectors, several entities participated in this initiative, namely, the Environment Authority, Royal Navy of Oman, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, Royal Oman Police, Port of Duqm, Asyad Dry Dock and Renaissance Services Company.

Commenting on this campaign, Marwa bint Hamdoon Al Hashmi, Environmental Inspector and Head of the Environmental Awareness Team in the Environmental Regulatory Department at SEZAD, said: “The continuous clean-up campaigns adopted by OPAZ, represented by SEZAD, are aimed to raise environmental awareness among the community about the impacts of wastes to the sea and land. The amount of waste that was extracted from the sea by the diving team, weighing over 1 tonne”. 



“The Environmental Regulatory Team of SEZAD seeks to organise such campaigns within an annual programme targeting many environmental aspects and instilling the environment conservation culture. This comes in the form of awareness programmes, clean-up campaigns and other programmes that come in partnership and cooperation with government bodies and companies operating in Duqm, with the support of the local community”, Marwa explained.

On the other hand, Hassan Al Ajmi, one of the participants in the clean-up campaign, pointed out that such ongoing campaigns contribute to securing a healthy marine environment that is suitable for the breeding of aquatic organisms. Therefore, this will fulfill the aspirations of the visitors to the diving sites, which mark one of tourist attractions to discover the beauty of Duqm.