Neue touristische Landkarte für das Sultanat Oman erschienen

Neue touristische Landkarte für das Sultanat Oman erschienen

Noch nie war es einfacher die vielen Attraktionen, imposanten Landschaften und kulturellen Highlights von Oman zu entdecken und zu erleben. Die touristische Landkarte Sultanat Oman ist der kompetente Reisebegleiter mit umfangreichen und verlässlichen Informationen.

Von Musandam im Norden, über die Region Maskat, bis Dhofar im Süden bietet diese Karte eine Fülle an Informationen, die einen Besuch im Land Sindbad des Seefahrers zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis machen.

Der omanische Kartenverlag The Map und INTEWO | World Habitat Society GmbH haben die Inhalte der GPS-treuen Karte gemeinsam mit erfahrenen lokalen Reiseführern sorgfältig ausgewählt, erarbeitet und mit Unterstützung des omanischen Tourismusministeriums die Referenz für eine touristische Karte Oman geschaffen. Die Karte ist offiziell vom staatlichen Vermessungsamt geprüft und zugelassen.

Die Karte ist auf nahezu reiß- und wasserfestem Material beidseitig gedruckt. Das offene Format beträgt 70 x 90 cm. Gefaltet hat die Karte eine Größe von 11,5 x 23,5 cm und lässt sich so bequem transportieren. Die Vorderseite zeigt die Karte im Maßstab von 1:1.250000. Die Rückseite beinhaltet ausführliche, bebilderte Reiseführerinformationen zu Land und Leuten.

Die Karte ist über den Buchhandel (ISBN 9783981164640), Amazon und im Internet unter erhältlich.

INTEWO produces a One-of-a-Kind Nature Film

INTEWO produces a One-of-a-Kind Nature Film

„The Migrant – Sooty Falcons in Oman“ is the title of a nature documentary which has been produced by INTEWO and which has been launched in March 2017 in Muscat in the presence of H.E. Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal Al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court and other VIP guests. A dedicated webpage is providing a wealth of information about the movie and offers different options to see and buy the movie, including video on demand.

Mysterious Desert Aviators

The global population of the Sooty Falcon is declining. The Office for Conservation of the Environment (OCE), at the Diwan of Royal Court Oman, initiated a research program together with international experts, the goal of which was to learn more about this unique bird of prey and to protect its future. A German-Omani team of nature filmmakers accompanied the OCE scientists at work and thereby experienced the life cycle of the shy falcon at close-up range. This unique and fascinating nature documentary results from the application of a new type of camera technology.

The Daymaniyat Archipelago, islands with rough cliffs, around 20 kilometers off the coast of Oman – A camera rests in a small, stony cave on a cliff. A female Sooty Falcon arrives to feed its chicks. Earlier, they were sitting on the camera and hurried their mother along. These shots are transmitted over a 300-meter distance to a niche in the rocks on the beach. Here, a sun shade provides needed protection for the movie team at temperatures of around 50 degrees celsius. Nature filmmaker Robin Jähne remotely swivels the camera behind the arriving female. “Here, we use a specially-designed remote-control technology,“ explained the German cameraman. “Because a camouflaged hide that is free of disturbances is not possible at the falcon cave on the cliff. In this way, we can take absolutely authentic images from a few centimeters away, without disturbing the natural behavior of the falcon.”

“Robin Jähne and his colleague, Sarah Herbort, were a team that had already been distinguished numerous times internationally for their nature films and that we were able to engage,“ explained producer Henning Schwarze (INTEWO). Schwarze, also from Germany, has worked together in the past for several years with the nature filmmakers. He, together with his Omani colleague Khalid al Toubi, form the production team, which is responsible for the project.

Henning Schwarze is a geographer, media expert and entrepreneur with international experience. “This film represents an extensive, international project– with shooting in Oman, Ethiopia and Madagascar. The film has been produced in four languages and is arguably the most comprehensive and unique documentary on the Sooty Falcon and its habitat.“

The background: the latest studies show that the world’s population of Sooty Falcons (Falco concolor) is diminishing greatly. One tenth of these birds breed on islands and cliffs of the Sultanate of Oman, in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Reason enough for the OCE scientists to institute an international research project. Among others, the goal was to develop measures to protect this unique bird of prey.

“The film shows the wildlife and nature through the flacon eye, and the various landmarks during his long journey. The Sultanate of Oman is an important habitat for the falcon in a sensitive period in its lifecycle”, commented Dr. Mansoor bin Hamad Al Jahdhami, OCE Project Manager.

“The movie follows the work of the researchers. Above all, however, it is a nature documentary that displays not only the life of the Sooty Falcon, but rather also its integration into the environment,“ explained Henning Schwarze. Among breathtaking landscapes, the fascinating coral reefs that surround the Daymaniyat Islands on which the falcons are breeding are also a part of the story. Cameraman Robin Jähne’s equipment therefore includes the appropriate diving equipment in order to also capture the underwater world – the food source for many animals on the island. The falcons themselves feed on migrating oscine birds. When the prey’s migration is over, the falcons then fly to their winter quarters. The Omani scientists outfitted some falcons with GPS transmitters and were thus able to follow their migration on the Arabian Peninsula, which first leads over rugged mountains and the Rub Al Khali, the great sand desert, and finally extends across East Africa to Madagascar. The Sooty Falcon enjoys rich feeding there in winter – with migratory locusts finding themselves primarily on the menu.

The film team followed the falcons on their travels, stopped in Ethiopia, and finally reached Madagascar. “We are lucky to have been able to capture some images that have never been filmed in that way,“ said Robin Jähne. One example is a time lapse of the view of a Sooty Falcon from the crown of a massive baobab tree on the west coast of Madagascar.

It is always fascinating to see how close the audience apparently is to the animal protagonists, including during feeding. “When the falcons go so far as to sit on the camera in the process, this becomes our greatest compliment – it actually shows that our technique does not disturb the birds and the camera is accepted as part of the surroundings,“ according to the filmmakers. But there can also be times when the young birds toss the camera over, but this then becomes an interesting scene in the movie.

Third UNESCO Award for INTEWO project

Third UNESCO Award for INTEWO project

The GPS-Adventure Park in the Teutoburger Forest / Eggegebirge Nature Park, the GPS-trails of the Lippe district, the Nature Trails at the Externsteine monument, the „Exquisite Nature“ in the Höxter district as well as the Muscat Geotourism Guide have been awarded (again) as an official project of the UN Decade „Education for Sustainable Development 2005-2014“ (ESD).

Having been awarded in 2008/2009 and 2011/2012, the GPS Adventure Park concept is receiving this prestigious UNESCO award again, following a successful application by the project partners. „Receiving this award for the third time shows that we are on the right track“ says the Head of the Lippe district Friedel Heuwinkel.

„Being awarded, again, is a great appreciation and motivation to continue with future innovative features of the project“ said Henning Schwarze, project initiator and Managing Partner at INTEWO. The new UN award documents the success and the continued development of the project. In recent months, new applications for the Android and iOS operating systems were published and a new project website had been developed. „With support of innovative applications and with the introduction of new media, we can promote our points if interests and attractions even better“ adds Günter Weigel, Executive Board Lippe Tourism & Marketing AG.

The United Nations had proclaimed the goal for the ESD Decade „to anchor the principles of sustainable development in all areas of education.“ The GPS Adventure Park is using innovative features to motivate in particular a younger audience to learn more about nature and culture.