Category Archives: St Katherine Protectorate

Thoughts on the St Katherine Protectorate as a World Heritage Site

St Katherine Protectorate and World Heritage Site

Virtually the entire High Mountain area of South Sinai, 4350 km2 was designated a Protectorate in 1988 in recognition of the “area’s conservation importance in terms of the geological formations, unique biological features and its internationally renowned religious, historical and … Continue reading

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Facts about the St Katherine Protectorate

The Sinai peninsula is the land-bridge through which early man probably left Africa between 1.7 and 1.6 million years ago. There are over 300 major archaeological sites in the Protectorate: o Upper Palaeolithic rock shelters from 30 000 years ago … Continue reading

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Working with the local tribe

An example of effective co-operation between the local community (‘ahl al-makan) and the management team of the Protectorate, is in the appointment of community guards (haris al-biyah) and the use of customary law (‘urf). The community guards were selected by … Continue reading

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Problems facing the Protectorate

Global warming: much of the unique flora and fauna of the High Mountains was marooned here from the ice ages as the glaciers retreated and temperatures rose. With global warming raising temperatures further and droughts becoming more frequent and tenacious, … Continue reading

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