This project aims to strengthen the participation of local communities in the monitoring and conservation of dugongs around the Hawar Islands, Bahrain.

ARCWH has appointed local and international experts to survey the dugong population and seagrass distribution, and aims to build the capacity of local fishing communities to monitor and protect dugong and their habitat.

Project NameEnhancing the role of local
communities in dugong and seagrass conservation
Implementing AgencyThe Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH)
Project DurationJanuary 2022 - May 2023
Project LocationHawar Islands, Kingdom of Bahrain
Total Implementation CostUS$ 75,000
CMS Dugong MOU ContributionUS$ 24,750
Project PartnersBahrain Authority of Culture and Antiquities

Bahrain Directorate of Fisheries

Supreme Council for Environment

Bahrain Defense Force

Southern Tourism Company

Professional Fishermen Society (NGO)

Located about 50 kilometers south of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Hawar Islands are are an archipelago of sixteen desert islands situated off the west coast of Qatar. The area boasts unique geographical and natural characteristics, combining to provide habitat to a significant number of avian and marine species.

The project will carry out the following activities:

  • Assessing the status and productivity of seagrass meadows
  • Identifying dugong important areas
  • Evaluating the impacts of fishing activities on the dugong population
  • Empowering local communities to participate in monitoring and mitigating the impacts of boating on dugongs
  • Developing site-specific conservation guidelines for dugongs and seagrass meadows