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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

World Water Day message: Bin Fahd calls on every household to avoid extravagance in the use of water

Posted on 22/03/2010

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd said that UAE has always been keen to adopt strategies for sustainable development of water resources with the creation of laboratories equipped with the latest modern techniques to examine and assess the quality of water used for various needs. In a message given on the eve of the World Water Day that falls on 22nd of March every year, Bin Fahd attributed UAE's successful efforts in this regard to the directives of President HH ...  >>MORE

Gear up to switch the lights off this Earth Hour

Posted on 14/03/2010

On March 27, the Earth Hour will be back. On this day, people around the globe, UAE included, are asked to switch off their lights for just one hour, starting from 8.30 pm. "It is not about how much energy we can save in one hour, it is more about a demonstration of will, a message sent to the countries' leaderships that people want action against climate change,” said Ida Tillisch, director of marketing and communications at Emirates Wildlife Society – World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF), ...  >>MORE

Emirati woman conceives eco-loyalty card

Posted on 06/03/2010

Would scoring points for every environmentally friendly thing you did encourage you to do more? Using reusable plastic bags, public transport, buying chemical-free products and cosmetics or organic food — all of them would accumulate points and reward you with vouchers and discounts. As yet, this is just an idea thought up by Emirati marketing assistant, Taghrid Arif Bel Qaizi, 26, but she believes with the right backing many people, and companies could benefit from an environmental loyalty ...  >>MORE

Bin Fahd partakes in UNEP ministerial meeting

Posted on 27/02/2010

Minister of Environment '&' Water H.E. Dr Ahmed bin Fahd has taken part in 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council and the Global Ministerial Environment Forum which started Friday in Bali, Indonesia. A high level session on climate change was held to discuss the post-Copenhagen action plans. The delegations agreed on the importance of moving forward to guarantee success for the upcoming multi-party meeting in Mexico. The meeting, organised by UNEP and attended by around 1,000 ...  >>MORE

Car Free Day 'huge success'

Posted on 18/02/2010

A "Car Free Day", observed yesterday by employees of Dubai Municipality, was a huge success, the civic body said. More than 1500 of Dubai Municipality employees turned up for duty without their cars. Most of them used Dubai Metro and public transport buses to reach office to mark the occasion, which was observed as part of a new green initiative launched by the municipality, the first government department in the country to do so. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai ...  >>MORE

EAD wins Arab Towns Organisation Award for its environmental awareness programmes

Posted on 16/02/2010

On behalf of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has been awarded for its efforts in raising public environmental awareness at the 10th Arab Towns Organisation Award. The results of the awards, which were announced at a press conference, held at the Headquarters of the Arab Towns Award Foundation. The awards, which were held in Doha, Qatar, witnessed strong competition and heavy participation from several Arab capitals cities. The Agency ranked first among 10 ...  >>MORE

1.6 million and counting…EEG roots for more trees

Posted on 14/02/2010

With the world wondering about ways to tackle climate change speedily and effectively, there's no denying that a thick green cover would be one of our biggest allies in the fight for the health and security of our 
future generations. With this realisation, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) had joined hands with the United Nations on its Global mission to plant one billion trees around the world, and embarked upon the campaign to plant one million trees in 2007. It has so far ...  >>MORE

EAD, Iraqi Environment Ministry sign MoU

Posted on 09/02/2010

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirate and His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Iraqi Environment Ministry to outline the relationship between the two countries for the restoration and the sustainable ...  >>MORE

UAE plans to phase out plastics

Posted on 07/02/2010

The United Arab Emirates will be free of non-biodegradable plastic bags and products by 2013, Obaid Al Matroushi, Director-General of the Ministry of Environment and Water, said. Speaking on Ajman Radio 4 on the occasion of National Environment Day, Al Matroushi said the ministry would launch a month-long awareness drive across the country among students, farmers, fishermen and the general public on the dangers of non-biodegradable plastic. He said the ministry had drafted a standards ...  >>MORE

Dubai launches 'green paper' drive

Posted on 03/02/2010

Newspapers in the UAE spend an average of US$415 million (Dh1.52 billion) annually on the purchase of newsprint for their publications. This figure is about to decline, even though the price of newsprint has risen by about 25 per cent in the past one year. An initiative of the Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development, which involves the Ministry of Environment, Dubai Municipality and Al Bayan newspaper, plans to collect used paper – primarily newspapers – from the homes of ...  >>MORE

UAE pushes for a future free of plastic bags

Posted on 02/02/2010

The UAE Government is working towards having the use of plastic bags eliminated in the near future, Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd, the Minister of Environment and Water, said on Monday. "In line with the government's decision to phase out plastic bags, this year's UAE Environment Day that falls on February 4 will be themed ‘UAE Free of Plastic Bags'," he announced at a press conference. The task of eliminating plastic bags will be achieved in phases, he said. "By 2013, all plastic bags used in ...  >>MORE

Plastic bags banned in Ajman from July

Posted on 21/01/2010

Ajman has banned use of plastic bags in the emirate from July 1, the first emirate to do so in the country. A municipal order in this regard was issued by Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Department of Municipality and Planning, on Monday. Cloth or jute bags will replace plastic bags. Those flouting the order will face fines up to Dh50,000. Speaking to Khaleej Times, Khalid Al Hosani, Director of Health and Environment Section at the municipality, said the third ...  >>MORE

Hybrid cars to join Presidential Affairs Ministry's fleet

Posted on 19/01/2010

A group of environmental friendly hybrid cars will be introduced in the vehicle fleet of the Ministry of the Presidential Affairs this year as part of its commitment to best practices on sustainable conservation and protection of the environment, the Ministry has announced. The move is in line with directives of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, for creating a safe, clean and attractive environment measuring up to the ...  >>MORE

UAE set to pull plug on bulbs and inefficient ACs

Posted on 10/01/2010

The UAE is planning to phase out incandescent lamps (bulbs) and inefficient air conditioners in a bold move to cut down energy consumption and carbon emissions, ‘Emirates Business' has learnt. The country will first roll out a massive educational campaign, which will increase the awareness of how inefficient units add on to household and industrial costs. Residents and investors would be able to know the efficient products by the stars and certificates accorded to them. Once demand for ...  >>MORE

EAD suspends a company for violating environmental laws and regulations

Posted on 08/01/2010

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has suspended the operational activities of a company for breaching environmental laws and regulations. EAD's decision to suspend the company came after the company began its operations without obtaining the necessary prior authorization and without notifying the Agency. The decision was issued based on the Federal Law No. (24) of 1999 for the Protection and Development of the Environment. This federal law aims to control all forms of pollution and ...  >>MORE

Children in the UAE to save the world from global warming

Posted on 15/12/2009

Children are the heroes who can save the world and the UAE is making an effort to catch them young to tackle climate change and reduce carbon footprint for a sustainable future. Schools across the country have been challenged to reduce their consumption of water and electricity through innovative methods, thus contributing to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for global warming/climate change. Launch The nation-wide competition was announced yesterday as part of ...  >>MORE

Corniche candlelight vigil calls on world leaders to act on environment

Posted on 12/12/2009

Buffeted by wind and dampened by drizzle, dozens of people gathered on the Corniche last night for a candlelight vigil co-ordinated with similar events around the world demanding a "real deal” at the Copenhagen talks on climate. "We want the world leaders to stop their bickering in Copenhagen and make positive steps towards protecting our future generations from disasters as a result of climate change,” said Elham Monavari, 35, from Australia, and a member of the environmental group Eco-Chicks ...  >>MORE

UAE, 5 other countries agreed to strengthen commitments, call for renewed global action to address climate change

Posted on 10/12/2009

In view of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, the Foreign Ministers of Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Iceland, Singapore, Slovenia, and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to strengthen their commitments and call for renewed global action to address climate change, according to a joint statement by the 6 ministers. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for global action

Posted on 07/12/2009

With the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen beginning today, the UAE has agreed to strengthen its commitments to tackling climate change and has called for renewed global action. The statement was a part of the joint pledge posted on the conference website during by foreign ministers of Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Iceland, Singapore and Slovenia, who are Jose Brito, Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Össur Skarphéinsson, George Yeo, Samuel Bogar respectively, during the weekend. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

Friendly website connects children to environment

Posted on 24/11/2009

A new world awaits kids of all ages at http://www.ead.ae. The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched on Sunday Shaheen's World, a website that aims to introduce kids to their environment in a fun way. The website will specifically raise awareness on global issues, water, energy, waste, air and biodiversity. Aimed at 6 to 16-year olds, the website is bright, fun and easy to navigate. At the same time, it carries very ...  >>MORE

EAD is working to help minimize ecological footprint, Majid Al Mansouri

Posted on 23/11/2009

Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), has said that they are working with Masdar to help minimize the effect of Ecological Footprint. While interacting with foreign journalists on Sunday, he said that EAD was working to make the environment in the emirates more cleaner and adopted various measures. The interactive session was organized by National Media Council and hosted by at Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR). He said: ...  >>MORE

Bin Fahd speaks of the need to join hands to protect the planet from depletion

Posted on 20/11/2009

Beirut - The Arab Forum for Environment and Development Conference started here yesterday under the auspices of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAAD). Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd is leading the UAE delegation participating in the conference held at the Habtour Grand Hotel and Convention Centre from 19th to 20 November. The conference is in preparation for the World Summit on the climate change scheduled next month in Copenhagen. EAAD also ...  >>MORE

EAD studies new alternatives of renewable energy sources to produce freshwater

Posted on 12/11/2009

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is studying new alternatives of renewable energy sources to produce water, in order to meet the rising demand for water and to enable water security in the future. Majid Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General, said that finding new renewable and environmental friendly energy resources to produce water is no longer an option but a necessity since the demand for freshwater resources is increasing. Al Mansouri added that EAD's efforts in this regard are in ...  >>MORE

Plastic Bags to be banned in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 06/11/2009

The Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi has finalised a draft resolution for banning use of plastic bags at shopping centers in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Dr Badr Al Harahsha, Director of the Centre, has said that the resolution has been submitted to the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi for approval. "If passed, the commercial shops will be granted a six month grace period to comply with the resolution. Plastic bags will be replaced with paper or cloth ones," he said while talking to Khaleej ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Environment and Water launches three year campaign to eliminate plastic bags

Posted on 21/10/2009

Ministry of Environment and Water launched yesterday a campaign under the theme "UAE free of plastic bags" with the aim of reducing the negative impacts of plastic waste on human health and the environment. The campaign will run for three years and comes in implementation of the policy of the Federal Government calling for the preservation of human health and natural resources. The launching ceremony was held at the Dubai Festival City and was attended by Dr. Maryam Hassan Al Shenasi ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to be hub of clean energy in world, says Al-Mansouri

Posted on 05/10/2009

"Abu Dhabi has been working on climate change issue as a member of global community since we want to be a hub of clean energy in the world", Majid Al-Mansouri ,Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), said in an interview run by NHK channel Ones news feature program "WorldNetwork" yesterday. NHK, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, is Japan's sole public broadcaster which launched its transmission from Dubai on Sunday. There is a growing boom in the world for searching renewable ...  >>MORE

EAD calls on the community to support UAE's efforts to protect the ozone layer

Posted on 29/09/2009

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is marking the International Day for Protection of the Ozone Layer on September 29 with a series of awareness and educational activities. The world marked the International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer on September 16, under the theme "Universal Participation: Ozone Protection Unifies the World." However, activities in the UAE were postponed as it coincided with the last ten days of the Holy month of Ramadan. On this occasion, EAD ...  >>MORE

Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation at UN climate change summit

Posted on 23/09/2009

Foreign Minister, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan is heading the UAE delegation at the Climate Change summit, which opened at the UN, headquarters in New York yesterday. In the opening session of the summit which is being attended by about 100 heads of states, ministers and top officials of more than 192 countries, governmental and non-governmental organisations, US President, Barack Obama, conceded the responsibility of his country and other industrialised nations for the climate ...  >>MORE

UAE marks World Ozone Day

Posted on 16/09/2009

The UAE will join today the world community in marking the World Ozone Day held this year under the theme: "Universal participation: Ozone protection unifies the world". H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water said:' The UAE celebration of this international day springs out of its keenness and care for human health. The celebration of this day is made to pay homage to the ozone layer that saves the earth from the harmful ultra-violet radiation of the Sun. He said ...  >>MORE

MCS approves strategic plan for cleaner production

Posted on 14/09/2009

The Ministerial Council for Service (MCS) held a meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister '&' Minister of Presidential Affairs. During the meeting, the NCS a proved a proposal under which, the Ministry of Environment '&' Water will develop and implement a strategic plan for cleaner development in the UAE. Cleaner production is a comprehensive environmental protection process, aimed at minimizing waste and emissions and ...  >>MORE

Environment and Water Ministry seeks to make UAE plastic bags free

Posted on 13/09/2009

The Ministry of Environment and Water is launching a campaign to make the UAE free from the plastic bags through awareness campaign that targets students and public to enlighten them about the health hazards caused by these bags. Dr Mariam Al Shanasi, executive director of the technical affairs at the ministry, said the ministry seeks through the campaign under theme "UAE free from plastic bags" to enlighten public about the environmental risks caused by use of the plastic bags. – Emirates ...  >>MORE

Fifty Abu Dhabi schools go green

Posted on 12/09/2009

Fifty schools will work towards reducing their ecological footprint under an initiative designed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). The Al Madaris Al Mustadama initiative, which means sustainable schools, will help schools in the emirate carry out "green audits" and take effective steps to reduce their ecological footprint. "Abu Dhabi is developing fast and this is impacting our environment. An environmentally aware society is an expected outcome that we share with the Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Environment Ministry tracks red tide outbreak on east coast

Posted on 09/09/2009

The Ministry of Environment and Water has started a comprehensive programme to track and monitor red tide bloom on the east coast, covering the areas between Dibba Al Hosn and Al Faqit Marine Reserve and Khorfakkan, as well as the waters stretching between Murbih Port to Righailat and Kalba ports. Experts and marine scientists monitored and collected samples of the bloom from the areas hit by the red tide during the past few days. According to the Ministry's researchers, no fish mortalities ...  >>MORE

UAE chairs part of WCC-3 high-level meeting

Posted on 05/09/2009

Geneva - The UAE Minister of Environment and Water (EWM) Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd chaired part of the on-day high-level meeting at the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) which was held by the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland between August 31st and September 3rd under the theme 'Better climate information for a better future'. Chairing part of the said meeting indicates international recognition of the UAE's environmental efforts and initiates. The minister ...  >>MORE

Environment Minister heads UAE's delegation to WCC-3

Posted on 04/09/2009

Geneva - Minister of Environment and Water (EWM) HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd has led the UAE delegation to the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) currently held in Geneva under the theme 'Better climate information for a better future'. The delegation members include representatives from the EWM, Foreign Ministry, The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the GHQ of the Armed Forces. Meanwhile, the UAE's Permanent Mission to the European ...  >>MORE

Mangroves documentary screening to promote eco-awareness

Posted on 04/09/2009

Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wild Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF) is screening the documentary "Marshes and Mangroves” at Cinestar cinemas in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as part of the Ramadan Nights movie programme, aimed at creating more awareness and eco-friendly actions among the residents of UAE. The film is part of a well-known National Geographic series, "The Animal Guide to Survival”, and features typical wetlands species such as the Australian crocodile, the rare Key deer in Florida and the ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in the WCC-3 amid concerns over global climate change

Posted on 03/09/2009

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd is heading the UAE delegation to the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) currently underway in Geneva, Switzerland. UAE's participation comes with the aim of cooperation with the world countries in speeding up work to save the planet from imminent climatic dangers that threaten the mankind. The participation also aims to support sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The overarching theme of the Conference is ...  >>MORE

EAD and ADCB-IBD to cooperate in promoting environmental awareness

Posted on 25/08/2009

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Sunday between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB) in the field of environmental awareness for its ADCB Meethaq Credit Card. In line with the MoU, EAD will provide its expertise to ADCB to enhance the bank's ability raising environmental awareness and promoting responsible consumerism amongst its clients. Awareness will be raised about the various challenges Abu Dhabi Emirate is facing and what people can ...  >>MORE

Quarries are responding positively to cabinet resolution: minister

Posted on 17/08/2009

The quarrying and mining industries in the northern emirates are responding positive to regulations introduced recently by the government for protection of the environment, H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, said yesterday. "We have sensed substantial response and cooperation from quarrying firms in regard to rectifying their status to fall in line with standards set out by the ministry,” he the minister said following a surprise tour of rock crushers to ...  >>MORE

Green campaigners spread the light

Posted on 09/08/2009

An initiative to distribute 40,000 energy-saving bulbs for free among Abu Dhabi residents will offset the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions produced by 2,000 cars, an official said on Saturday. The initiative aims to promote sustainable living and urges local residents to take direct action at home by installing energy-saving light bulbs as a first step to reduce their household carbon footprint, said Razan Al Mubarak, managing director, Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wide Fund for ...  >>MORE

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Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi marks World Water Day 2010


World Water Day message: Bin Fahd calls on every household to avoid extravagance in the use of water


Gear up to switch the lights off this Earth Hour


Emirati woman conceives eco-loyalty card


Bin Fahd partakes in UNEP ministerial meeting


Car Free Day 'huge success'


EAD wins Arab Towns Organisation Award for its environmental awareness programmes


1.6 million and counting…EEG roots for more trees


EAD, Iraqi Environment Ministry sign MoU


UAE plans to phase out plastics


Dubai launches 'green paper' drive


UAE pushes for a future free of plastic bags


Plastic bags banned in Ajman from July


Hybrid cars to join Presidential Affairs Ministry's fleet


UAE set to pull plug on bulbs and inefficient ACs


EAD suspends a company for violating environmental laws and regulations


Children in the UAE to save the world from global warming


Corniche candlelight vigil calls on world leaders to act on environment


UAE, 5 other countries agreed to strengthen commitments, call for renewed global action to address climate change


UAE calls for global action


Friendly website connects children to environment


EAD is working to help minimize ecological footprint, Majid Al Mansouri


Bin Fahd speaks of the need to join hands to protect the planet from depletion


EAD studies new alternatives of renewable energy sources to produce freshwater


Plastic Bags to be banned in Abu Dhabi


Ministry of Environment and Water launches three year campaign to eliminate plastic bags


Abu Dhabi to be hub of clean energy in world, says Al-Mansouri


EAD calls on the community to support UAE's efforts to protect the ozone layer


Abdullah bin Zayed heads UAE delegation at UN climate change summit


UAE marks World Ozone Day


MCS approves strategic plan for cleaner production


Environment and Water Ministry seeks to make UAE plastic bags free


Fifty Abu Dhabi schools go green


Environment Ministry tracks red tide outbreak on east coast


UAE chairs part of WCC-3 high-level meeting


Environment Minister heads UAE's delegation to WCC-3


Mangroves documentary screening to promote eco-awareness


UAE participates in the WCC-3 amid concerns over global climate change


EAD and ADCB-IBD to cooperate in promoting environmental awareness


Quarries are responding positively to cabinet resolution: minister


Green campaigners spread the light