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EAD seeks to develop research project database for Emirate through new application process

posted on 29/06/2016: 1607 views

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has launched a new process for facilitating scientific research projects carried out on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's wildlife and environment.

Following several meetings with research institutes, academics and independent scientists throughout the past year, EAD has developed a simple and straightforward application process for scientific research projects carried out on the Emirate's wildlife and environment.

The new process helps provide international as well as locally based scientists with a formal recognition and approval of their activities within Abu Dhabi Emirate, helping facilitate access to sampling areas when needed and giving researchers the chance of consulting with EAD scientists for advice and recommendations on their projects.

The process will help EAD in developing and maintaining a useful database of past and ongoing scientific research projects that can be consulted whenever new research is being planned. A public database of centrally available information on such work will benefit not only EAD's own efforts but also local and international scientists wishing to conduct applied ecological and environmental research that may provide a direct benefit to conservation efforts.

The review of research applications also helps ensure that whenever wildlife specimens are handled or collected for research purposes, this would be carried out according to ethical standards and limits, with special precautions and advice for ensuring that sensitive species and habitats are not disturbed. The application process will also support researchers in obtaining the permits needed to carry out their work. As the UAE has recently joined the Nagoya Protocol, an international agreement on regulating access to a country's biological and genetic resources, researchers require a letter of permission from the country of origin when transporting biological samples across borders.

Dr. Sheikha Al Dhaheri, Executive Director of Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity at EAD, said, "Scientific research is at the heart of EAD's mission. It is crucial for developing well-informed regulations and policies that help achieve the best outcome for both people and the environment. We have launched this new process to open up the channels of communication between us and researchers, foster collaborative projects and allow us to stay up to date on all the valuable research being carried out by students, universities and independent scientists, and identify possible synergies with EAD's own research projects."

The new process will help encourage quality research that will directly benefit Abu Dhabi and the UAE and increase the body of scientific knowledge as a whole, while at the same time ensuring an ethical and precautionary standard for research on native wildlife, especially threatened and sensitive species. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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