Study

Gulf desert developments encompassing a marine environment, a compensatory solution to the loss of coastal habitats by infill and reclamation: the case of the Pearl City Al-Khiran, Kuwait

  • Published source details Jones D.A., Ealey T., Baca B., Livesey S. & Al-Jamali F. (2007) Gulf desert developments encompassing a marine environment, a compensatory solution to the loss of coastal habitats by infill and reclamation: the case of the Pearl City Al-Khiran, Kuwait. Aquatic Ecosystem Health & Management , 10, 268-276

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Action Category

Offset habitat loss from human activity by restoring or creating habitats elsewhere

Action Link
Subtidal Benthic Invertebrate Conservation
  1. Offset habitat loss from human activity by restoring or creating habitats elsewhere

    A study in 2004–2005 of three sites in one area of soft seabed in the Persian Gulf, Kuwait (Jones et al. 2007) found that restoring a 30 km2 area of low ecological value to offset 20 km2 of habitat lost to land reclamation led to the creation of 1.27 km2 of subtidal channels that were colonized by over 198 benthic invertebrate species within a year. Al-Khiran Pearl Sea City was constructed following a biodiversity offsetting approach by creating waterways, beaches and planted areas (mangrove, seagrass, saltmarsh). One waterway was opened to the sea in 2004. In 2005, invertebrates at three sites within the waterway were surveyed using a variety of methods (see original paper) including a 0.15 m3 sediment grab and a 50 m2 dredge. Invertebrates (>0.5 mm) were identified.

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