Khalifa issues law to organise livestock grazing in capital

ABU DHABI — The President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued local law No. 13 of 2005, organising the grazing of livestock in the emirate of Abu Dhabi following deterioration of natural grazing areas in the emirate, which threatens its eco-balance.

By (Wam)

Published: Thu 9 Jun 2005, 10:02 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:57 PM

The law, which takes effect from the date of its publication in the official gazette, would be enforced by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (Erwda), which will see to its implementation and would issue the necessary permits for grazing in the emirate.

The 10-article law, which aims at organising grazing of livestock in the emirate, bans the use of bicycles, vehicles and all other automobiles in grazing operations in the emirate. It also bans the setting up of grazing farms around natural water wells in the desert for use by the livestock. The law said any such farms must be at the distance of one kilometre from such water wells. However, water from the well can be used by the livestock owners who would have to fetch the water from the well to their farms at the aforementioned distance.

The law made it compulsory on livestock owners to protect wildlife and to adhere strictly to the general health rules in grazing areas.

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