Resilient and Sustainable Communities
Rehabilitating the historic site of Al Bithnah in Fujairah and conserving its natural & cultural heritage to help nature and people thrive.
Located in Wadi Ham between Masafi and Fujairah, Al Bithnah Fort contributed to the prosperity of local communities in the late 1800s. Today, the site has the potential to safeguard local communities once more, as a world-class example of sustainable rural development.
Emirates Nature-WWF and Etihad Rail, in collaboration with Etihad Rail, Crown Prince Court- Fujairah, Fujairah Environmental Authority and Fujairah Adventure with the support of the local communities, are joining hands to renovate the ancient falaj irrigation system in Al Bithnah village, construct nature trails to enhance ecotourism potential and rehabilitate the surrounding habitat.
By exploring solutions to restore access to fresh water and introducing modern water management techniques, the project aims to promote sustainable farming and preserve the site’s biodiversity by implementing Agroecology principles.
Inclusive conservation in action.
The local community is at the heart of the initiative. The project aims to improve the livelihoods, diversify the local economy and make a positive impact on the life and overall wellbeing of community members – in collaboration with the community.
The project will create innovative opportunities for community members to partake in trainings, collaborate with stakeholders, participate as volunteers and engage in nature. We will also explore solutions to help establish a greener local economy through market transformation.