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Management Plan report
Egyptian Management plan for Zaranik Protected area
Period covered by the plan: 2000 - 2010
Wednesday 26 March 2003, by Web Team

Management strategies implementation :

In an almost pristine site as the Zaranik Protected Area, the management strategy should be based on non-intervention in the habitat types and maintenance of species diversity of the site.
- For public use (recreation, visitor facilities, education/demonstration): the most suitable management strategy seems to be that of partially open (or zoned) access. Areas with endemic, near-endemic and/or globally threatened species will not be open for public use. Other areas around the two Visitors’ Centers, selected spots with bird watching hides, the location near the archaeological stone constructions will be demarcated, the ways to them will be clearly sign-posted and made accessible for public enjoyment. Entrance fees will be collected.
- For post-graduate studies and research: the present strategy of controlled facilities should continue to be followed. Laboratory, library, accommodation and logistic facilities of the Protectorate will be available to post-graduate students and researchers on request. Prior reservation arrangements with the Manager will be made. No entrance fees will be collected.
- For publicity: a strategy of active publicity is needed. Local and national media should be fully utilized for informing the public of the location, facilities, attractions, importance, purposes, functions and benefits of the site. Printed matter in the form of colourful maps and hand-outs promoting aspects of special interest in the site should be made freely available to the public inside and outside the protectorate.
- For estate management: the right of way on the only tarmac road and the unpaved tracks within the site are legally guaranteed only to vehicles and personnel of the Coast Guards, the Police Force and El-Nasr Salines Company. No other permanent constructions are legally allowed on the site other than those of the Coast Guards and El-Nasr Salines Company. Areas with endemic, near-endemic and/or globally threatened species must be fenced.
- For miscellaneous issues: the rules and regulations controlling the recruitment and employment of staff, contracting of services, remuneration and other financial aspects including the purchase and maintenance of equipment and buildings as well as the health and safety of employers and employees are set out and implemented by EEAA. Visitors can wander through the accessible areas of the site at their own discretion; provided that visitors do not trespass outside these freely accessible areas, health and safety risks in Zaranik are minimal.

More significantly, perhaps, is the management strategy which should be adopted to influence events taking place outside the site and having profoundly damaging impacts on it. As a step towards ensuring institutional and public involvement in the management of Zaranik Protected Area the following management setup of two Committees is proposed. This setup has the advantage of replacing the multitude of decision-making institutions which have conflicting interests and responsibilities affecting directly or indirectly the management of the site with a single decision-making (steering) committee and a single executive committee.

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