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Qenya Springs region

 

Qenya Springs region

The region No.                                       012

The district                                              Ramallah

The area                                                  15km

The height                                                +500m, 600m

The latitude & longitude                     31 55`N 35 08`E

 

The description of the region:

Qenya Springs is an agricultural area.  This northern side of Qenya village is located 9km northwest of Ramallah City,

This region contains plants like citrus fruits, in addition to the vegetables that depend on the springs near the lands.

Throughout this protected area there are a large number of springs; the most important one being Al-Balad spring located in the southeast part of the village. its water used for drinking and irrigating the lands. Another important spring is the Wadi Al-Dalb spring, which is located in the north of the village.  This spring is comprised of several springs, Al-Harashah spring, Kafrieah spring, Al-Janaien spring.  The water of this main spring is primarily used for drinking. The Al-Balad spring, comprised of the other springs, goes to the Mediterranean Sea through Wadi Al-Mallaki.

 

The animals of this region:

The animals that live in this area are the Gazella, the hystrix, the pig, the Common Badger, and the fox.

 

 The birds of this region:

The birds that are registered in this region are the Yellow Vented-Bulbul, the Eagle (considered to be a resident bird), the Great Tit, the Roller, Doves, the Collard Doves, the M-Linnet, Chukar, Hoopoe, the White Wage Tail, European Bee Eater, and the White Stork, which sometimes pass the region.

 

The negative effects:

  • The ignorance by the visitors during their visit to the region in the spring and summer harms the plants and the animals.
  • The destruction of the regions’ nature by garbage
  • The existence of the Israeli’s settlements, which take water from the springs, and decrease the water amount in these springs.
  • The unjust grazing especially on the top of the mountains

 

The protection procedures:

  • Developing of the environmental tourism concepts and managing tourism activities in the region
  • Improving the environmental awareness campaign in the region, which explains the importance of the biodiversity of the site particularly for the birds
  • Instructing staff how to better preserve the region and provide them with information on how to be a to tourist guide
  • Organizing grazing procedures by allocating specific land for grazing purposes.  The Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for supervising the grazing process and properly controlling it.
  • Assign certain places for the disposal of solid garbage

 

 

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