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Wadi Al Quilt

 

Wadi Al Quilt  

 

                            

Code No.                                                    002

The district                                                 Jerusalem

The area                                                     150km

The height                                                   +350m, -100m

The latitude & longitude                             31 50` N            35 24`E

 

The region description:

Wadi Al Quilt’s environmental system represents the desert and depression. It is considered a wetland region filled with towering mountains and springs that cover the land.  This region is considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in Palestine.  Water flows from the rocks and forms small or large waterfalls that feed different life parts of Jerusalem’s wildlife.

 

Visitors who would like to walk to Wadi Al Quilt can reach it by starting at Anata Village- south north of Jerusalem- and continuing south till passing Al Fawaar springs near Al Kaan Al Ahmar, Al Qilt spring and arriving at Saint Jarojues monastery which is in Jericho city.  The visitor also can reach to this Wadi Al Quilt by going on the connecting path between Jerusalem and Jericho city and this path leads to Al Qelt spring, which is full of agrologic sites.

 

This area is considered a unique area for the Palestinians because it is full of rewinds. Visiting tourists find comfort here because it is far from the noise of the city and is environmentally unique.

 

The animals of this region:

The animals that can be founded in this region are the Rocky Hyrax, Gazella and Wolves.

 

The plants of this region:

Plants in this region are trees and the seasonal little wild grasses found during spring.

 

The birds of this area:

Resident birds are:

House Sparrow, Spanish Sparrow, Blackbird, Fan-tailed Raven, Common Smallow, Collared Dove, White-breasted Kingfish, European Bee- Eater, Cattle Egret, Eagle Owl, Bonellis’ Eagle, Tristran’s Grackle, and the Palestine Sunbird

The international and regional threatened birds:

The Griffon Vulture, Lesser Kestrel, the Lapwing, the White Stork, and the Honey Buzzerd

The negative effects:

  • The building of Israeli’s settlements that is changing this natural area to a residential area
  • The digging of wells by the Israeli authorities to pump water to the settlements is negatively affecting the biological diversity in the region
  • The hunting or collecting of birds
  • The unjust grazing.

 

The protection procedures:  

  • The building of efforts to manage and protect the region.                           
  • The development of environmental tourism concepts in the region.
  • The declination of the region as a place of great rewinds.
  • Better organization and management of the grazing fields and natural resources like the water
  • An environmental survey to identify the biodiversity of this region and its characteristics.
  • The renewal of the region as a protected, natural region

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