Sharjah: Environment Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) organised a Ramadan majlis at Expo Khor Fakkan to discuss a number of issues related to the environment and the role of Islam in preserving it.

The Ramadan majlis witnessed a lecture entitled “Women in Ramadan” organised by the EPAA in cooperation with the Department of Islamic Affairs in Khor Fakkan. In her lecture Fatima Al Moghny highlighted the importance of enhancing the role of women in community participation, especially in the field of environmental protection.

Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, chairperson of EPAA said: “The Ramadan majlis has become an important platform for exchanging constructive dialogues and ideas and for discussing many important issues, especially those related to the environment. Such events help us deepen our relationship with society, and thus contribute to raising awareness about environmental issues.”

On the sidelines of the activities of Ramadan majlis, EPAA organised an exhibition to mark the World Environment Day. Through this exhibition, titled “Plastic Elimination”, EPAA sought to raise awareness about a number of environmental issues, especially pollution caused by leaving plastic waste at public places. The EPAA also highlighted the importance of monitoring and assessing the environmental issues in order to maintain environmental integrity and to protect its natural resources.

Awatif Al Naqbi, EPAA Eastern Region branch manager said that 9.5 per cent area of Sharjah has been declared as protected areas. "This is an important step by Sharjah for protecting the environment. The development and establishment of new natural areas in Sharjah and the UAE contribute to the enhancement of the UAE’s efforts to protect the environment and strike a balance between economic, tourism and environmental activities,” Al Naqbi said.