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New Port Project, Al Wakra, Qatar - Mangrove restoration

New Port Project
Al Wakra, Qatar

Employer:                              NPP Steering Committee
PMC:                                     AECOM
EDC:                                     WorleyParsons
Environmental Consultant:   COWI
Specialist Consultant:           Five Oceans Environmental Services, Oman

Qatar’s New Port Project is a mega project, currently under construction between Al Wakra and Mesaieed that will serve all of the country’s future requirements for import/export. However, the port’s footprint lies over areas of important natural resources including corals, sea grasses and mangroves and the Ministry of Environment has applied its policy of biodiversity compensation in the port’s environmental permit. As a result, large numbers of coral colonies, sea grass plants and mangrove seedlings are being moved to new locations nearby so they can continue to contribute to the productivity of Qatar’s coastal ecosystems. Nakheel Landscapes, working with Five Oceans Environmental Services, have been responsible for raising, transplanting and maintaining almost 10,000 mangrove seedlings for this project, performing to the satisfaction and approval of all concerned stakeholders.

Works were completed in November 2013.

Scope of Services:

  • Design, supply and installation of the temporary seashore facilities
  • Establishment of a temporary inter-tidal nursery
  • Field collection of Avicenia marina (Mangrove tree) seeds
  • Propagation of seedlings
  • Planting out of plants at new mangrove location
  • Maintenance after planting