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Training course on management issues for the existing staff and rangers to increase their capacity for the management of the World Heritage Site of the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary

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The present staff needs to have more knowledge in order to manage this complex situation. This knowledge should be given through a training, which aim should be to move one step closer to effective management.

Objectives

The objective of the Training will be to increase the capacity of the existing staff and rangers for the management of the World Natural Heritage site of AOS by providing training on management issues, such as monitoring animals and plants and dealing with local communities and stake holders.

Background

Organization of a five-day training course on management issues such as monitoring animals and plants and dealing with local communities and stakeholders, for the existing staff and rangers to increase their capacity for the management of the World Natural Heritage Site of the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary.

The training will be held in the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1994 (criteria N iv), from 11 to 15 September 2004. This natural site is the place of the re-introduction project for the Arabian Oryx and contains elements of natural phenomena as well as geological and geo-morphological features. The training will be focused on the management of the natural resources and the involvement of the local communities inside the sanctuary area.

With the aid of funds from UNESCO a management plan was drawn up in 1995. However, the implementation of this management plan is still pending mainly for lack of trained staff. The complexity of the sanctuary with its inhabitants, domestic animals, natural wildlife resources and physical features presents a challenge in terms of successful management.