The winter camping season has started in the country’s southern region – Sealine and Khor Al Udeid – and will last until May 20, 2023, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) announced.
This is the second phase of the camping season; The first phase, which began on September 29th, will run until April 1st, 2023 and will include the North and Central regions.
It should be remembered that the campsite in the southern region has been moved as it was intended for cultural and recreational activities for World Cup guests, such as an introduction to local fauna, nature reserves and wild animals.
In addition, in a series of tweets, the ministry reiterated that the installation and use of loudspeakers in camps is prohibited, emphasizing the need to ensure one’s own safety and that of others.
Last season, the ministry witnessed 1,626 camps set up over the six-month period.
Salem Hussain Al Safran, deputy director of the Department of Natural Reserves, previously stressed the importance of adhering to the established coordinates in camping activity.
This includes keeping a distance of at least 100 m from meadows and valleys, observing staying on high ground and keeping away from government and service facilities and oil and gas pipelines at a distance of at least 500 m or as per regulations. And keep a distance of no less than 300 m between camps, ranches, farms and villages.
In a recent development, the MoECC and Qatar University (QU) have signed a contract to conduct field studies that show the environmental impact of winter camps in terms of social and environmental factors throughout the winter camping season.
Additionally, the arrangement would allow QU research facilities to study how the camping season adversely affects the ecosystem.