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Mapping Of Coastal Ecosystems And Halophytes (case Study Of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Benno Böer, Derek Gliddon

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A survey of the coastal zone of Abu Dhabi identified 22 halophytes of which nine are tolerant to inundation by seawater. A preliminary assessment suggested that 3.550 km2 of saline land with a complete absence of natural vegetation was potentially suitable for the development of sustainable agro-ecosystems with halophyte crops and seawater irrigation. Such development plans, however, require the implementation of environmental impact assessments. The inter-tidal plant communities need special protection, as they are fragile, and economically and ecologically valuable.