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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

EAD urges young minds to come up with innovative ways to promote campaign for Bu Tinah to be voted as one of the world's 7 Natural Wonders

Posted on 30/12/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is inviting students across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in its 10th Annual Environment Competition. It is the first time since its inception that the competition is open to students in every emirate. EAD is also launching a brand new website for the competition where participants can register as well as download the competition categories and guidelines. One of the aims of this year's competition is to get young people from across ...  >>MORE

UAE is free of cow plague

Posted on 21/12/2010

In a new record achievement for Ministry of Environment and Water, the Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases at World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has recognised the UAE as free from cow plague (Rinderpest). Rinderpest is a highly fatal viral disease of domestic cattle, buffaloes and yaks. It also affects sheep, goats and some breeds of pigs and a large variety of wildlife species. Dr Maryam Hassan Al Shenasi, undersecretary of Ministry of Environment and Water, stressed that ...  >>MORE

Sweden eyes environmental cooperation with UAE

Posted on 20/12/2010

Stockholm - Senior Swedish officials expressed their government's desire to initiate cooperation with the United Arab Emirates on environmental protection, sustainable environmental solutions, clean energy and waste treatment and related scientific research "Sweden is set to take part in the next edition of CleanTech forum, scheduled in Abu Dhabi in April next year," Staffan Tillander, Ambassador for Climate Change at the Swedish Ministry for the Environment said in statements to WAM The ...  >>MORE

Capital plans to run 25% vehicles on CNG by 2012

Posted on 09/12/2010

Twenty-five per cent of Abu Dhabi Emirate’s vehicles will be running on clean and cheaper Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Green Diesel as alternative fuels by 2012. According to the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD), which is responsible to implement the project, 17 CNG filling stations are already operational and more are being installed to help achieve the target on time. The CNG fuel will be available at these stations for Dh1.28 per kilogram. A spokesperson from EAD, who dubbed ...  >>MORE

EAD efforts get international accolade

Posted on 07/12/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently shared its efforts on educating for sustainability in Abu Dhabi schools with over 75 academic professionals at the International Greening Education Event (IGEE) 2010 in Karlsruhe, Germany. The global experts commended EAD's efforts for designing and running world-class environmental education initiatives for both students and teaching professionals. The IGEE conference was a major event for leading educational institutions from around the ...  >>MORE

A decade of progress for Emirates Environmental Group

Posted on 05/12/2010

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) celebrated a decade of successful youth empowerment in green issues and environmental sustainability through its 10th Inter-college environmental public speaking competition in Dubai last week. EEG was founded in 1991. In 2001 it launched its first student public speaking competition and saw participants from only three of the UAE's emirates. A decade on, the competition has ushered in student participants from all six of the Gulf Cooperation Council ...  >>MORE

Environment Minister announces Green Building rule implementation at federal level from next year

Posted on 29/11/2010

Dr. Rashid Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, said the Green Building rule will be implemented at the federal level from the beginning of next year in government projects in the first phase as the council of ministers had taken a decision in this regard in July. He was speaking during the inauguration of the second international conference, EnviroCities 2010, under the title, "Green Cities," at Intercontinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City on Sunday in the presence of His ...  >>MORE

Finding a balance: UAE eyes sustainable growth

Posted on 14/10/2010

In less than half a century, the UEA transformed itself from almost empty desert to an oasis of air conditioned skyscrapers. For its next trick, it aims to be environmentally sustainable too. From an indoor ski slope to the tallest building on the planet to a series of man-made islands and manicured golf courses kept lush with desalinated water, Dubai and its fellow emirates are strewn with symbols of the defiance of nature. Its extravagant developments have lured the super-rich and the ...  >>MORE

Groundbreaking scientific tool developed to help manage the UAE Ecological Footprint: Environment Minister

Posted on 13/10/2010

The UAE has developed a unique scientific tool that assesses how changes in the electricity and water sector might affect Abu Dhabi's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions up to the year 2030, the Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahd, announced yesterday. The tool has been developed by the partners in the Al Basma Al Beeiyah (Ecological Footprint) initiative to support sustainable policy-making by providing decision-makers with analysis on how different policies can help ...  >>MORE

UAE is working hard to address environmental challenges: Bin Fahad

Posted on 08/10/2010

Tunis - The UAE is striving to address and overcome local environmental challenges and sharing the world its concerns on critical issues,UAE Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, said yesterday. 'Looking to the future, we are developing a basket of water and energy options and seeking at the same time to conserve the environment, ' the UAE minister, who led the UAE delegation to the fourth Islamic conference of environment ministers in Tunis, said during talks with ...  >>MORE

EAD targets international audience with latest energy and water campaign

Posted on 06/10/2010

The Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) is running an awareness campaign with the support of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC). "Turn it off!", which tackles unnecessary energy and water waste, will run for one year at the Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the potential of reaching more than 11 million residents and travellers. Through this new campaign, accessible to both Airport visitors and travellers, EAD is leading efforts to spread awareness among the community on smart energy and ...  >>MORE

EAD calls to support government's efforts on World Ozone Day

Posted on 19/09/2010

The UAE has been making strong progress to reduce Ozone depleting substances such as Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Methyl bromide, Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), Hydrobromofluorocarbons (HBFCs). These substances have been the major source of depletion of ozone shield in the atmosphere, said Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) in a statement on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which is being observed today. UAE has so far phased out more than 85 per cent of CFC ...  >>MORE

ADMA-OPCO to phase out plastic bags by year-end

Posted on 16/09/2010

In line with its environmental conservation efforts, the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) has embarked on a new initiative aimed at phasing out the use of plastic bags in company facilities. According to Chief Executive Officer Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan, a multi-faceted strategy to replace all non-biodegradable plastic bags by the end of 2010 will be adopted. "We are fully aware of the environmental hazards posed by non-biodegradable plastic bags. The alarming figures shown by ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Government praised for Environment, Health and Safety Management

Posted on 24/08/2010

A delegation from Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Centre visited United States on the invitation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to its headquarters in Washington, D.C. The visit gave both parties the opportunity to discuss ways of cooperation in several issues related to occupational health and safety. During the visit, Abu Dhabi EHS Centre representatives presented the OSHA with a background on Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety ...  >>MORE

EAD's interactive coastal resources atlas wins international award

Posted on 17/08/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) emerged as first place winner among 300,000 worldwide organisations to be recognised with the Special Achievement in Geographic Information System (GIS) Award for Environment Management at the 30th Annual Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) International User Conference held in San Diego, California. EAD was awarded for its innovative use of ESRI's GIS technology in developing The Coastal Resources Atlas and Environment Vulnerability Index ...  >>MORE

Plastic bags to be biodegradable

Posted on 11/08/2010

An add-in ingredient to make plastic bags degrade was approved yesterday by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology. By 2013 all plastic bags produced in the UAE will have to be made with this component marketed as being able to make plastic bags biodegrade without leaving residue or fragments behind. The Ministry of Environment and Water is behind the move to eventually totally phase out ‘regular' plastic bags that can take hundreds of years to decay, and have endorsed the ...  >>MORE

Eco-friendly car wash helps save 2.3m litres of water

Posted on 03/08/2010

Opting for a mobile, eco-friendly car wash service is not only convenient, but it saves millions of litres of water annually. UAE's eco-friendly mobile car wash company, Q2, said that by cleaning hundreds of thousands of cars across the country they had helped save huge quantity of water. Q2 general manager, Abdullah Al Shehi, said: "In Abu Dhabi's Al Wahda mall alone, we cleaned 164,904 vehicles over the last 18 months. This means, in comparison to traditional methods, we helped save at ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency's soil survey results presented to Abu Dhabi Police

Posted on 02/08/2010

The General Directorate of the Abu Dhabi Police has received a copy of the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi's (EAD) Soil Survey report for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in order for it to be used as an aid in criminal investigation. Razan Al Mubarak, EAD's Assistant Secretary General commended the efforts of the Abu Dhabi Police and its longstanding cooperation with EAD. "At EAD, we are proud that the results of our Soil Survey have so far benefited many different users in the Emirate. Thanks to the ...  >>MORE

Plastic bags culprits behind death of 50 per cent of camels in the UAE

Posted on 10/06/2010

Environmental and health studies reveal that plastic bags may be behind deaths of 50 per cent of the camels in the UAE. Specialists at the Ministry of Environment and Water said the researches, which were conducted on the remains of animals found in the desert region of Falaj Mualla in the UAE in 1997, showed that the residues belonged to dead camel that swallowed plastic bags and choked. They added that the large parts of the camel decomposed, but the plastic bags that remained trapped in ...  >>MORE

Arabic version of ‘Earth Pulse’ launched

Posted on 07/06/2010

The National Geographic publication, ‘Earth Pulse', a 123-page almanac was launched by the Emirates Foundation to coincide with World Environment Day. This will be the first time when copies of the publication are available in Arabic language. The translation of the first 15,000 copies was done by the EF with the help of several environmental experts, sponsored by Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Company (GASCO). The distribution of the Arabic copies will go beyond UAE, though, being sold also ...  >>MORE

Al Ain exhibition puts World Environment Day in picture

Posted on 06/06/2010

The hawksbill turtle glides through turquoise waters in one image, while another captures the powerful Saker Falcon in flight. Both of these animals are classified as endangered and both feature in a photographic exhibition at Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, focusing on a variety of species in their natural habitats. The exhibition, organised by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), is one of a series of events being held across the Emirates to mark yesterday's World Environment Day, which ...  >>MORE

UAE marks World Environment Day

Posted on 06/06/2010

The UAE marked the World Environment Day, which corresponds with June 5 every year. The celebration will be held under the theme "More Diversity, One Planet, One Future". UAE Environment and Water Minister Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, said on this occasion that the world countries are seizing this day to draw attention to one of the issues that grabs priority at the international level to mobilise efforts to tackle the environmental challenges and curb them. He underscored that this year ...  >>MORE

More than 100,000 people and organisations commit to going paperless on June 3

Posted on 01/06/2010

More than 100,000 people and organisations have committed so far to participate in Paper-Less Day, which is being organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) on June 3, 2010. On Paper-Less Day, all participating organisations and individuals will stop all non-essential printing and copying of paper. This is in order to help raise awareness about the growing problem of excessive paper use and its contribution to global warming and how organisations can become more efficient by using ...  >>MORE

DEWA aims to reduce Carbon output per capita

Posted on 01/06/2010

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is determined to reduce the Carbon output as part of its strategy to minimise the environmental impact and to lessen the carbon footprint. A joint initiative in November 2009 by DEWA along with investors from different sectors and with the collaboration of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) offers expertise as well as carbon technical '&' knowledge support to firms trying to adopt cleaner ...  >>MORE

Three dimensional animated movie to be produced to highlight the UAE plastic-bags-free initiative

Posted on 01/06/2010

The Ministry of Water and Environment plans to produce a three dimensional animation movie in order to enhance the initiative of UAE plastic-bags-free. According to Khalid Mohammed Al Saedi, Acting Director of Awareness Department at the ministry, said the film aims at educating the young generation about proper way of conserving the natural resources. He also noted that this movie is the first of its kind to address the young generation in order to teach them better environmental behaviours ...  >>MORE

EAD and Shell Abu Dhabi Team Up to Make a Difference in Environmental Awareness

Posted on 23/05/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Shell Abu Dhabi have renewed their partnership by signing a new Sponsorship Agreement. Both organisations will continue to cooperate on promoting environmental literacy and public awareness in Abu Dhabi Emirate through EAD's already existing awareness programmes. The agreement was signed by Majid Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General, and Dr. Salar Babajan, Chairman and Managing Director, Shell Abu Dhabi at EAD's Headquarters in Al Mamoura Building. ...  >>MORE

My Tree in Dubai

Posted on 23/05/2010

The second phase of the 'My Tree' in Dubai campaign was officiated by Mr. Ahmed Abdul Kareem, Director of Horticulture and Public Parks Department, Dubai Municipality, at Mushrif Park. This campaign, organized by the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) and supported by Wunderman Dubai, witnessed the planting of a total of 100 trees. This campaign was launched by the EEG on the 7th of February, with an objective of increasing participation in its waste management programs and more specially, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi on water-saving drive

Posted on 21/05/2010

The monthly water bills for Abu Dhabi households about to drop by an average of Dh100, senior environment officials said yesterday. Residents would benefit from the saving once the government completed an ambitious "Watersavers" campaign to install water saving devices — free of charge — in every tap in every household in the emirate. The water-saving devices, each costing Dh7, are estimated to help save 75 billion litres of water annually once all of the capitals' 220,000 households have ...  >>MORE

UAE intensifies fight against pollution

Posted on 16/05/2010

The emirate will become the first in the UAE to comply with a federal mandate requiring all bags and packaging materials in the country to be made of biodegradable materials by 2013. Factories and commercial outlets found violating the local decree face hefty fines of as much as Dh50,000, reflecting Ajman's strong commitment to raising its environmental standards and echoing a growing national movement towards more efficient waste management strategies. The UAE is one of the world's most ...  >>MORE

UAE takes lead in setting a green example

Posted on 16/05/2010

Announcements on green energy initiatives and awareness drives have been coming thick and fast from the Gulf countries – a region long associated with an abundance of fossil fuel and an equally abundant consumption of it. Worldwide, three key factors have been driving the quest for clean fuel and eco-friendly construction – one, the days of cheap oil are about to end; two, the climate is being killed by the reckless burning of fossil fuel; and three, while green technology is expensive in the ...  >>MORE

EAD wins first Prize for its Environmental Awareness Programmes

Posted on 15/05/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has once again received regional recognition for its innovative environmental awareness programmes and secured the First Place among 10 nominees in the Environment Awareness category at the 10th Arab Towns Organization (ATO) Award. Previous awards won by EAD include the International Globe Energy Award and the GCCAward for Environmental Education and Awareness. Fozeya Al Mahmoud, Manager of Environmental Education Department, EAD, received theaward ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi wins green city awards

Posted on 13/05/2010

Abu Dhabi has won the Arab world's top green city and most environment friendly city awards. The double recognition was announced at the 2010 awards ceremony for leading Arab cities in environment, greening and landscaping, technology and architecture. The annual event was hosted in Doha by the Arab Towns Organisation Award Establishment (ATOAE), the working arm of the Arab Towns Organisation (ATO), the largest organisation of municipalities and towns of Arab countries. A third honour for ...  >>MORE

UAE first ECO-VILLA to have lowest carbon footprints

Posted on 03/05/2010

Making the beginning of new era of Eco-building in the UAE, German Emarati Company BENA handed over on Wednesday night the key to the country's 1st ECO-VILLA to Mr Saed Bin Houfan Al Mansouri, a 32 year old Abu Dhabi National, married and father of two who is also a new land owner. Al Mansouri is the winner of a promotion run by BENA during CITYBUILD ABU DHABI 2010. This promotion engaged land owners in a competition to win the first ever ECO-VILLA to be built in the UAE. This opportunity ...  >>MORE

EAD releases improved environmental permitting procedures and guidelines

Posted on 29/04/2010

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has released new and improved environmental permitting procedures for the Abu Dhabi Emirate. These new procedures are aimed at any development or industry owner who needs an environmental permit before constructing or operating a site. They aim to help businesses and EAD-registered environmental consultants to understand the environmental permitting procedures and requirements. The procedures are supported by relevant technical guidance documents to ...  >>MORE

EAD and Unibeton Clean-up Mussaffah

Posted on 26/04/2010

To highlight Earth Day, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) teamed up in a unique partnership with Unibeton Ready Mix to clean-up Mussaffah Industrial Area. 120 Unibeton employees and 30 MBM Dallah employees, a waste management service provider, came together with employees from the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Centre for Waste Management-Abu Dhabi to make Musaffah a better place to live and motivate the community to take a proactive role in caring for the environment. The clean-up ...  >>MORE

UAE marks Earth Day

Posted on 22/04/2010

The UAE will join the world community tomorrow in marking the Earth Day, which falls on 22nd April with a wake-up call to the increasing challenges and threats the earth plant is facing. H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, stressed the need for mobilising global efforts to address these challenges and mitigate the negative impact of human activities on health and the environment. Ina press release issued yesterday, the Minister said has made substantial ...  >>MORE

Environment Ministry to have green building

Posted on 09/04/2010

The Ministry of Environment and Water will launch 6 initiatives for conservation of the environment and lowering of energy consumption to reduce carbon emissions. 'The new projects will focus on recycling carbon dioxide and converting wastes into energy. The UAE has an Ecological Footprint of 9.5% hectares, the highest in the world, though it dropped from 11.8. The Ecological Footprint indicates to the patterns of energy use,' the Minister of Environment and Water, HE Dr Rashid Ahmed bin ...  >>MORE

Emarat recycles 16 tons of paper wastes in all its service stations

Posted on 09/04/2010

The collaboration between Emirates General Petroleum Corporation "Emarat" and Emirates Environmental Working Group resulted in collecting and recycling around 16 tons of paper wastes from Emarat's service stations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Dr. Rahma bin Mohamed Al Shamsi, Retail Sales Manager at Emarat, expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the continuous cooperation between the Corporation and Emirates Environmental Working Group, aiming to dispose of paper wastes in a ...  >>MORE

EAD's Secretary General wins Geospatial Pioneer Award

Posted on 07/04/2010

H.E Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), has won the Geospatial Pioneer Award for his valuable contributions to geospatial technologies and pioneering work in the field of Environmental Analysis and Management for the past 15 years. The ceremony took place at Map Middle East 2010 and the 6th edition of the Annual Middle East Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Information Technology and Applications, which was held recently at the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

UAE beaches may fly blue flags in 2011

Posted on 07/04/2010

Beaches and marinas in the UAE could fly blue flags, an international symbol of clean beaches, by next year should they meet the designated criteria, officials have disclosed. The blue flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to beaches and marinas after they pass tough criteria for water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and other services. Run by the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE), a Denmark-based non-profit organisation, the blue ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi marks World Water Day 2010

Posted on 23/03/2010

Under the theme, "Conserve Water, Conserve Life," the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) marked yesterday World Water Day 2010, which corresponds with March 22, to raise public awareness about the importance of conserving water and managing freshwater resources in a sustainable way. EAD called on the public to remember that each holds an individual responsibility to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water so that it may be available for future generations. Dr. ...  >>MORE

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EAD urges young minds to come up with innovative ways to promote campaign for Bu Tinah to be voted as one of the world's 7 Natural Wonders


UAE is free of cow plague


Sweden eyes environmental cooperation with UAE


Capital plans to run 25% vehicles on CNG by 2012


EAD efforts get international accolade


A decade of progress for Emirates Environmental Group


Environment Minister announces Green Building rule implementation at federal level from next year


Finding a balance: UAE eyes sustainable growth


Groundbreaking scientific tool developed to help manage the UAE Ecological Footprint: Environment Minister


UAE is working hard to address environmental challenges: Bin Fahad


EAD targets international audience with latest energy and water campaign


EAD calls to support government's efforts on World Ozone Day


ADMA-OPCO to phase out plastic bags by year-end


Abu Dhabi Government praised for Environment, Health and Safety Management


EAD's interactive coastal resources atlas wins international award


Plastic bags to be biodegradable


Eco-friendly car wash helps save 2.3m litres of water


Environment Agency's soil survey results presented to Abu Dhabi Police


Plastic bags culprits behind death of 50 per cent of camels in the UAE


Arabic version of ‘Earth Pulse’ launched


Al Ain exhibition puts World Environment Day in picture


UAE marks World Environment Day


More than 100,000 people and organisations commit to going paperless on June 3


DEWA aims to reduce Carbon output per capita


Three dimensional animated movie to be produced to highlight the UAE plastic-bags-free initiative


EAD and Shell Abu Dhabi Team Up to Make a Difference in Environmental Awareness


My Tree in Dubai


Abu Dhabi on water-saving drive


UAE intensifies fight against pollution


UAE takes lead in setting a green example


EAD wins first Prize for its Environmental Awareness Programmes


Abu Dhabi wins green city awards


UAE first ECO-VILLA to have lowest carbon footprints


EAD releases improved environmental permitting procedures and guidelines


EAD and Unibeton Clean-up Mussaffah


UAE marks Earth Day


Environment Ministry to have green building


Emarat recycles 16 tons of paper wastes in all its service stations


EAD's Secretary General wins Geospatial Pioneer Award


UAE beaches may fly blue flags in 2011


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi marks World Water Day 2010