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Egyptian management plan for Omayed Protected Area
Period covered : 2000 - 2010
Wednesday 30 April 2003, by Web Team

Taking into consideration the prevailing biotic and abiotic conditions in Omayed Protected Area, the most suitable choice from among the three possible alternatives of management strategy seems to be that of 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; these are areas of total restriction and protection against human impacts. The site with the ruins of the ancient Roman city should be made accessible for public enjoyment except those parts where excavation efforts are underway. Entrance fees to the Roman city will be collected and should contribute to the management expenditure of OPA.

- for post-graduate study and research:
The present strategy of controlled facilities should continue to be followed. OPA can offer logistic facilities to post-graduate students and researchers on request. No entrance fees will be collected. No laboratory and liberary facilities are available at present. Researchers will have to seek accommodation outside OPA.

- for publicity:
A strategy of active publicity is urgently needed. Local and national media should be fully used 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 available to the public inside and outside the protectorate.

- for estate management:
A strategy of balanced interests should be adopted where expansion of inhabited areas of the 4 villages in OPA should be possible on the condition that it does not enchroach on areas of habitat or species conservation. Arrangements should be made also with the Armed Forces so that the areas occupied by their barracks within OPA do no disturb or damage area of high biological or ecological significance. No permanent constructions should be allowed outside these designated areas. Similarly, no permanent or temporary constructions should be erected in the only part of the sandy beach which is not occupied by summer resorts. Areas with endemic, near-endemic and/or globally threatened species must be fenced and clearly demarcated with sign-posts declaring their status and significance.

- for miscellaneous issues:
No other management strategy is required since 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 OPA are minimal.


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