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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ABU DHABI GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL INTIATIVE, AGEDI

Abu Dhabi releases findings on valuation of the emirate’s coastal ecosystems

Posted on 01/02/2016

The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, AGEDI, supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, has released the findings of its Ecosystem Services Assessment as part of Phase II of its Blue Carbon Project. The assessment explored how much stakeholders would be willing to accept as compensation for inability to access coastal waterways that provide amenity services, such as tourism, recreation or fishing, for an extended period of time. The lack of access was presented as a ...  >>MORE

Marine Project provides wise advice on wise Mangroves

Posted on 19/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), last year launched a pioneering ‘Blue Carbon' project that connects local coastal and marine ecosystem health with climate change mitigation. Early results of the assessments indicate Abu Dhabi's mangroves have more value at their old age, than the newly planted mangroves. Blue Carbon coastal ecosystems include mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshlands. These ...  >>MORE

Capital champions nature-based climate change mitigation

Posted on 13/01/2013

The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently launched a pioneering ‘Blue Carbon' project that connects the local natural coastal ecosystem management with climate change mitigation. Blue Carbon coastal ecosystems include mangrove forests, sea grass meadows and saltwater marshlands, which serve as carbon sinks. These ecosystems continuously store and sequester carbon at rates much faster than tropical forests. Some ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi on its way to first State of the Environment Report

Posted on 22/10/2005

As part of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) - Abu Dhabi Project, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) along with its partners and stakeholders, is currently compiling 10 Environmental Sector Papers which will lead to the development of this report. Local and federal government bodies, academia and non-governmental agencies are pulling together to join this effort, according to a press release. The papers, which will be completed by the end of November, are a ...  >>MORE

AGEDI of crucial importance, says Hamdan

Posted on 30/09/2002

The recently-launched Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, AGEDI, represents an important initiative designed to work towards global standards of data collection and application on environmental issues, according to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA. The AGEDI was officially launched at the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, ...  >>MORE

UAE's address at WSSD lauded

Posted on 05/09/2002

A UAE newspaper yesterday praised the address of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which was read on his behalf by H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which is being held in Johannesburg. Commenting editorially on the issue, the Dubai-based "Gulf News” said:” There are mixed reactions to the success or otherwise of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. Many say not enough was done ...  >>MORE

Earth Summit issues Johannesburg declaration

Posted on 05/09/2002

Johannesburg - South African President Thabo Mbeki yesterday closed the 10-day UN Earth summit in Johannesburg after world leaders adopted a much debated charter aimed at reducing damage to the environment and upgrading the lot of the world's poor. The summit also adopted a "Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development", asserting the leaders' seriousness in protecting the environment and combating poverty. South African President Thabo Mbeki, chairing the session, said the draft had ...  >>MORE

Hamad praises contributions of UAE women

Posted on 05/09/2002

Johannesburg - His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, has praised the great achievements made by UAE women in national development because of the support of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of the President and Chairperson of the UAE Women's Federation, and encouragement provided to UAE women to make effective contributions in all walks of life. Sheikh Hamad was speaking after a visit on Tuesday night to the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for peace and security in the Gulf region and the Middle East

Posted on 04/09/2002

Johannesburg - The UAE yesterday called upon the international community to play an active role in achieving world security and peace, particularly in the Gulf region and the Middle East, according to international and UN resolutions. Delivering the UAE speech at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, WSSD, H.H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah and head of the country's delegation to the summit, asserted the importance of putting an end to ...  >>MORE

UAE women to launch new committee

Posted on 04/09/2002

Johannesburg - Women in the UAE have key role to play in the country's sustainable development and the coming fortnight will bring the launch of a strong mechanism to cement those ties, one of the leading female members of the UAE delegation o the UN Summit said. Miriam Al Hammadee, environmental awareness specialist at the nations Federal Environmental Agency, said sustainable development extended not only to natural resources by human and social concerns, land usage, education, urban ...  >>MORE

The Abu Dhabi Initiative at the WSSD reaffirms UAE's environmental commitment

Posted on 03/09/2002

JOHANNESBURG - The launching of the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative reaffirmed the commitment of the UAE under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to the protection and development of the environment. In statement after the launching of the initiative, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Health Minister, said that the Initiative would make environmental data accessible to developing countries through the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, noting ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi initiative launched at Earth Summit

Posted on 03/09/2002

JOHANNESBURG - The UAE yesterday launched the world's most ambitious project on environmental data collection with high hopes to fill the information gap between developed and developing countries and pledged $5 million as an initial fund for the initiative. Announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, who is heading the UAE delegation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental ...  >>MORE

Arab ministers present anti-poverty programme to Earth Summit

Posted on 02/09/2002

Johannesburg - A programme presented here at the UN World Summit for Sustainable Development by Arab and African ministers called for the setting up of special banks for the world's poor, who the banks shall grant small loans at a tune of 100,000 Dollars by 2005, with donor countries dishing out US$200 million at the Summit to set up the project. The ministers also called on the industrialised countries, financial agencies and development banks to finance 500 small-scale wastes treatment ...  >>MORE

Arabs present initiative on waste administration at Earth Summit

Posted on 02/09/2002

Johannesburg - The United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, in conjunction with the Council of Arab Ministers in Charge of Environment, have floated an initiative on the administration of waste, which they will present to the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, currently underway here in Johannesburg. The initiative, which is the result of a collective work by a number of Arab organisations, including the Bahrain Children and Mothers Welfare Society, the Kuwait Environment Protection ...  >>MORE

Panel raises awareness at WSSD about Zayed International Prize

Posted on 01/09/2002

Johannesburg - A panel of experts from the Zayed International Prize for Environment is conducting a flurry of activity on the sideline of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) to familiarise the world delegates about the objectives of this unique UAE award. The panel has already conferred with virtually also heads of delegates of regional groupings and international bodies, said Dr. Mohammed Ahmed bin Fahad, Chairman of the 22-member High Committee for the prize. The ...  >>MORE

Positive development at Earth Summit

Posted on 01/09/2002

Johannesburg - Intensive ministerial meetings held at the on-going UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, have yielded positive developments in a number of issues on the Summit's agenda, Sources close to the Summit said. The Sources told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, that there had been a significant breakthrough on issues related to the environment, natural resources and issues of general interest but issues like the funding of development programmes, globalisation and trade are still ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi initiative to be launched on Monday

Posted on 31/08/2002

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) will witness on Monday, when more than 100 world leaders meet here, the launch of Abu Dhabi Global Initiative on Environmental Data Collection, according to a source. The launch of the initiative will take place in the presence of Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Klaus Topfler, executive director of UN Environment Programme (UNEP), international personalities and heads of ...  >>MORE

Fatima hails women's national strategy

Posted on 31/08/2002

The national strategy for the advancement of UAE women was distributed in Johannesburg last Thursday as the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) enters its fourth day. The strategy, recently issued by the UAE General Women's Union and distributed by its representatives in the UAE delegation to the WSSD, deals with women's rights as stipulated by the constitution and ways of consolidating family ties, supporting women's contribution in economic and educational domains and stressing ...  >>MORE

UAE pavilion at WSSD impresses visitors

Posted on 31/08/2002

UAE Foreign Ministry Under Secretary Saif Saeed bin Saed visited last Thursday the UAE Women Union's pavilion in the international exhibition being held at the Ubuntu village in Johannesburg on the sideline of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Bin Saed, who also leads the UAE delegation during the early stages preceding the summit of world heads of state and governments scheduled for Sept.2-4, was briefed by a representative of the General Women's Union on items on display in ...  >>MORE

Nominations invited for the Zayed International Environmental Award

Posted on 30/08/2002

Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), firms, research centres and individuals with outstanding achievements in the field of the environment are invited to submit their nominations for the Zayed International Environmental Award, it was announced here today. Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Mohammed Ahmed bin Fahad, said organisations and other specialised bodies involved in environmental work could submit their candidacy for the award, provided that they meet the basic requirements for the ...  >>MORE

UAE National report to be submitted to WSSD

Posted on 29/08/2002

The UAE's Gross National Product (GDP) has totalled Dh248.9 billion in 2001 and is expected to rise by 8 percent as oil prices have started to stabilise and other economic sectors experience steady growth, according to statistics recently released. The UAE's national report on sustainable development to be presented to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), opened here last Monday, shows that the contribution of the oil sector in the GDP reached 28 percent while other economic ...  >>MORE

Zayed's perspective on sustainable development

Posted on 28/08/2002

The Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow Up, ZCCF, affirmed that the progress and achievements made by the UAE by the virtue of the wise leadership and directives of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is considered a clear evidence, which reflects his highness belief on the principle that the human being is the goal of development and its only means, for which all wealth should be employed. Sheikh Zayed has demonstrated an example of providing utmost care for his citizens in ...  >>MORE

Bin Sa'ed meets with UAE delegates at Earth Summit

Posted on 28/08/2002

Saif Saeed bin Sa'ed, Foreign Ministry Under Secretary, met in Johannesburg yesterday with members of the UAE delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Bin Sa'ed, who is the head of the UAE National Committee for Sustainable Development, heading the UAE delegation to the Johannesburg Summit, reiterated, during the meeting, the need for all related bodies representing the UAE officially to coordinate their stands on the agenda and issues to be discussed at the Summit. He ...  >>MORE

Serious challenges face WSSD

Posted on 28/08/2002

Johannesburg - The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which started sessions here last Monday faces serious challenges, not the least of which is the 30 billion-dollar bill rich countries will have to pay to help developing and least developed countries carry out their development and environmental programmes, WSSD sources told WAM here today. The amount will help poor countries fight off poverty, desertification and drought, provide them with drinking water and support ...  >>MORE

WSSD opens session in South Africa

Posted on 27/08/2002

The World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), the largest conference ever held in the globe, opened in Johannesburg yesterday with South African President Thabo Mbeki addressing the opening session, urging participants to "adopt a practical programme that should translate the dreams of sustainable development into reality." The conference is being held amid differences between poor and rich countries over most of the issues of negotiations that observers here fear they might threaten the ...  >>MORE

New energy sources: UAE wants oil states compensated

Posted on 27/08/2002

Oil producing states should be compensated by advanced countries for the adverse effects they will have to suffer as a result of development of alternative sources of energy, according to His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah and head of the UAE delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, which opened in the South African city of Johannesburg yesterday. The UAE, in cooperation with the AGCC countries and states ...  >>MORE

UAE experience on show at Earth Summit: UAE daily

Posted on 26/08/2002

A major UAE Arabic daily yesterday said that the UAE's participation in the World summit on Sustainable Development, WSSD, in Johannesburg with a high- level delegation reflects the deep commitment to sustainable development by the UAE and its leader, President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. The Abu Dhabi-based "Al Ittihad” said that Sheikh Zayed attaches great importance to sustainable development, being a pivot for the provision of better life for the human being and for the ...  >>MORE

South Africa all set to host earth summit

Posted on 26/08/2002

Johannesburg - South Africa has completed preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which begins here tomorrow. A high-ranking UAE delegation, headed by H.H Hamad Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, will represent the UAE in the summit that is expected to be the launching pad for the Abu Dhabi Global Initiative on Environmental Data Collection. A police force of 20,000 men and women has been deployed throughout this metropolitan city where ...  >>MORE

Hamad to head UAE delegation

Posted on 25/08/2002

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, will head the UAE delegation to the 10-day World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which is scheduled to begin in Johannesburg tomorrow. Sheikh Hamad will arrive in the South African city of Johannesburg on September 1 to attend the official inauguration ceremony of the summit scheduled to be held on September 2. Sheikh Hamad will also deliver the UAE speech at the summit on September 3, ...  >>MORE

UAE to highlight country's gains at global summit

Posted on 24/08/2002

Although it is classified a developing nation by international organisations, the UAE believes its achievements in development places it far ahead of that category. The UAE officials participating in next week's global development summit in Johannesburg will tell the world that figures speak for themselves and what has taken place in the UAE in just a few decades is tantamount to a miracle, according to a story in today's issue of the "Gulf News”. On several occasions, the UAE has ...  >>MORE

Dubai-based environment group to attend Earth Summit

Posted on 20/08/2002

Representatives from the Emirates Environment Group (EEG) are among those who will represent UAE at the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), said Habiba Al Marashi, the group's chairperson and representative at the summit. The conference will be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4. According to the "Khaleej Times”, which reported the story in its issue of today, the only ISO certified non-governmental organisation (NGO) of its kind in the Middle East, EEG has ...  >>MORE

UAE to present development model to WSSD

Posted on 19/08/2002

The UAE will take part in the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 August to 4 September. The high-level delegation to the summit, which includes senior officials from ministries of foreign affairs, interior, health, petroleum and mineral resources, agriculture and fisheries, electricity and water, economy and commerce and other government agencies, will be headed by Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa. The UAE team will ...  >>MORE

Women’s panel formed to attend summit in Johannesburg

Posted on 18/08/2002

Acting on the directives of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, wife of President and Chairperson of the UAE General Women's Union, a special environmental committee has been formed to represent the federation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development scheduled to be held in Johannesburg from August 26 to September 4, it was announced yesterday. In a press statement, Noura Al Suwaidi, direction of the union said that the ad hoc committee would co-ordinate with various local environmental ...  >>MORE

Bin Sa'ed leads UAE delegation to preparatory meeting for Johannesburg summit

Posted on 27/07/2002

Saif Saeed bin Sa'ed, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will lead the UAE delegation to the preparatory meeting of Arab delegates who are to participate in the Sustainable Development Summit which will take place in Johannesburg in August, it has been announced here today. To be held in Cairo on July 30th , the two-day preparatory meeting was called for by the Arab League to discuss the Arab initiative on sustainable development which was prepared by the Arab league secretariat ...  >>MORE

Arab media forum on environment and sustainable development concludes

Posted on 26/07/2002

The First Regional Arab Media Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development ended in Abu Dhabi yesterday with a closing declaration and recommendation. The two-day forum started yesterday under the aegis of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The forum was held in preparation for the world summit on sustainable development scheduled to be held in Johannesburg, South ...  >>MORE

Media forum resumes session

Posted on 25/07/2002

In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, scheduled in Johannesburg for next Aug.26- Sept.4, the first Regional Arab Media Forum which started yesterday spoke about various issues pertinent to the Summit. Five papers were presented during morning session which was chaired by Ibrahim Al Abed, Director General of Emirates News Agency (WAM). On the Forum's objectives and United Nations Environment Programme( UNEP), Shirin Zorba, UNEP's Regional Media-in-charge said that the ...  >>MORE

Media forum on Sustainable development/opening

Posted on 25/07/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, yesterday re-iterated that the UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is exerting its efforts to strengthen Arab joint action in various fields in order to confront the challenges facing the Arab nation. In a speech read on his behalf by Mohammed Ahmed Al Bawardi, ERWDA member, on the ...  >>MORE

Media forum on sustainable development to start today

Posted on 24/07/2002

UAE's financial contributions to governments world-wide, particularly to developing countries, constitute four per cent of its Gross National Product (GNP) with over 55 countries benefiting from these grants, according to an environmental official. Speaking at a press conference held in the Abu Dhabi Hilton Hotel today to discuss preparations for the first media forum on environmental and sustainable development in the Arab region, scheduled in Abu Dhabi for today ,Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary ...  >>MORE

UAE to join South Africa meeting on environment

Posted on 14/07/2002

The UAE will take part in the International Health Conference on Continuous Development and the Environment to be held in South Africa from August 26 to September 4. Jasim Mohammed bin Darwish, Secretary General of the Secretariat of UAE Municipalities, said UAE leaders, since the formation of the federation, have recognised the importance of protecting the environment and developing its resources. He said the UAE will submit a report at the conference covering all development aspects, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi initiative set for South Africa launch

Posted on 09/07/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a mechanism for the launch of Abu Dhabi Global Initiative on Environmental Data Collection at the forthcoming Earth Summit in South Africa. Dr Daniel Van R. Classen, Chief of Early Warning Branch and Deputy Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment at UNEP, said the draft for the MoU is ready for formal signing, ...  >>MORE

UAE to host regional media forum on environment, sustainable development

Posted on 08/07/2002

The UAE will host the first regional forum of Arab media officials on Environment and Sustainable Development in Abu Dhabi from July 24-25 to discuss Arab preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this summer. The two-day media forum will be organised by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in coordination with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Agency (ERWDA). The forum, to be attended by prominent Arab media ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi releases findings on valuation of the emirate’s coastal ecosystems


Marine Project provides wise advice on wise Mangroves


Capital champions nature-based climate change mitigation


Abu Dhabi on its way to first State of the Environment Report


AGEDI of crucial importance, says Hamdan


UAE's address at WSSD lauded


Earth Summit issues Johannesburg declaration


Hamad praises contributions of UAE women


UAE calls for peace and security in the Gulf region and the Middle East


UAE women to launch new committee


The Abu Dhabi Initiative at the WSSD reaffirms UAE's environmental commitment


Abu Dhabi initiative launched at Earth Summit


Arab ministers present anti-poverty programme to Earth Summit


Arabs present initiative on waste administration at Earth Summit


Panel raises awareness at WSSD about Zayed International Prize


Positive development at Earth Summit


Abu Dhabi initiative to be launched on Monday


Fatima hails women's national strategy


UAE pavilion at WSSD impresses visitors


Nominations invited for the Zayed International Environmental Award


UAE National report to be submitted to WSSD


Zayed's perspective on sustainable development


Bin Sa'ed meets with UAE delegates at Earth Summit


Serious challenges face WSSD


WSSD opens session in South Africa


New energy sources: UAE wants oil states compensated


UAE experience on show at Earth Summit: UAE daily


South Africa all set to host earth summit


Hamad to head UAE delegation


UAE to highlight country's gains at global summit


Dubai-based environment group to attend Earth Summit


UAE to present development model to WSSD


Women’s panel formed to attend summit in Johannesburg


Bin Sa'ed leads UAE delegation to preparatory meeting for Johannesburg summit


Arab media forum on environment and sustainable development concludes


Media forum resumes session


Media forum on Sustainable development/opening


Media forum on sustainable development to start today


UAE to join South Africa meeting on environment


Abu Dhabi initiative set for South Africa launch


UAE to host regional media forum on environment, sustainable development