A member of Oman’s environment ministry will join two of his country-men on the two-week International Antarctic Expedition starting Feb. 28, reported Gulf News on Sunday.
Yahya al Salmani, director of awareness and information at the ministry, has travelled to 40 countries and has visited the Amazonian jungle as well as the Swiss Alps.
“There is no doubt that this 15-day expedition will definitely help me to explore part of the Antarctic, [I am] hoping to discover it and visit sites that may not have been explored by some of my predecessors who previously visited that part of the world,” Al Salmani told Gulf News.
The stated objective of the trip is to form a unique understanding of the Antarctic’s ecosystem.
At the same time,” he added, “we can send a message across about the need to protect it for the future generations to come.”
“I intend to share my expedition experience with the people of Oman in order to make them understand the need to protect this fragile ecosystem and its unique landscape with its wildlife,” he said.
Al Salmani stresses the need to protect the “Antarctic from all sorts of damage that may be caused by human activity” and “inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility, be sustainable and know that it is high time for action in policy development for sustainable business generation through the promotion of recycling, renewable energy and sustainability.”
He recalls his extensive travels; a trip to Machu Picchu, “cradle of the Incas people in the republic of Peru”, last year remains fresh in his memory. He spent a few days with the native people of the Amazon forests. “I have also been lucky to visit Alpine peaks covered with snow in France, Switzerland, and Italy.”
Al Salmani is now preparing to face the sub-zero temperatures of Antarctica. He also called on the private sector to lend their support to the noble cause.