Mangrove forests protect our shores from rises in the sea level, help mitigate climate change by sequestering high amounts of CO2 in the soils, host a broad range of animals, both marine and terrestrial.
KAUST is home to a vibrant and thriving mangrove forest that spans over 150 hectares, in an otherwise arid surrounding environment. These mangrove forest represent a native ecosystem within KAUST that is teaming with life, healthy and expanding. Thanks to local conservation efforts, and an Environmental Stewardship Program, KAUST mangrove forests have expanded more than 20 percent in the last decade alone.
In this guided tour with Brina James you will discover why KAUST mangroves are of a remarkable nature!
Meeting point: Mosque on the Island at Bayt Al Hikman Boulevard
*Event open to all KAUST community members.
Mangroves - Between the Land and the Sea Photo Exhibition will be displayed daily from Sunday, October 22 to Wednesday, October 25 at the University Library from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Join us on Monday, October 23 from 7:00pm to 7:30pm for the opening reception of this exhibition.
Brought to you by KAUST Health Safety and Environment department and the Office of Enrichment Programs.
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Brian James works at KAUST Health, Safety and Environment. He has been bird watching for the past 30 years. He worked as a teacher in Tanzania and soon started to take a keen interest in identifying the birds there. Since then he has watched birds throughout the world and has a life list of around 5200 species.
Brian came to KAUST when it first opened and worked as a teacher in the Primary School until 2016 when he retired. He is now working for the HSE department as the Biodiversity Coordinator.
His blog reports on the birds seen at KAUST, He regularly organises Guided Bird Walks for community members and visitors. He has travelled widely within Saudi Arabia watching birds and recorded almost 400 species within the country.
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