The mangroves in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah are under threat due to the encroachment of development, which directly claims land from the mangroves and releases waste into their waterways. This paper highlights the importance of preserving the mangrove wetlands as a vital ecosystem with a multitude of services. It also presents the findings of a study of visitors and residents in Ras Al Khaimah aimed at assessing public environmental awareness and obtaining insights into how people believe the potential conflicts between the economic development of Ras Al Khaimah and the preservation of the mangroves can be resolved. Finally, it proposes recommendations for alternative policies and collaborations to ensure the preservation of the mangrove ecosystem.
Recommended citation: Assaf, A. (2020). Assessing policy alternatives and public support for protecting the Ras Al Khaimah mangroves (Policy Paper No. 38). Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.18502/aqf.0141