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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Tahnoun Bin Mohammed views the model of the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Desert Environment

Posted on 31/07/2009

Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region HH Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan viewed yesterday the model of the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Desert Environment. The Centre will be set up soon over an area of 900 hectors within the framework of the world's deserts project at the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort. Sheikh Tahnoun listened to a detailed presentation on the project and its components made by chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) and Board chairman of the Al Ain ...  >>MORE

UAE to ban plastic bags from 2012

Posted on 05/07/2009

A total phase-out of plastic shopping bags in the UAE has been endorsed in a UAE Cabinet decree. Over the next three years, the Ministry of Environment and Water will educate consumers to use alternatives. Substitutes such as jute, paper or biodegradable plastic bags are options being looked into by the Ministry, and they will have to be used by 2012. "This initiative will include six main areas, the most important of which is education using all media, in all languages & to explain the ...  >>MORE

EAD and Sorouh launch 'Green Your Life' campaign

Posted on 11/06/2009

'Green Your Life', an innovative online campaign to educate people on how to become more environmentally responsible in their own homes, was today launched by Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), in partnership with Sorouh Real Estate PJSC. United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, June 10 - 2009 The campaign, which was unveiled on EAD's corporate website (http://www.ead.ae) and the new Sorouh website (>>MORE

University to start recycling

Posted on 10/06/2009

Zayed University will begin a recycling scheme in September after three students convinced it to set one up. Quds al Qahtani and Salama al Rumaithi, both 22, and Moza al Mansouri, 24, presented their final-year graphic design project, a campaign to reduce waste and encourage recycling, at the Abu Dhabi campus yesterday. University officials were so impressed they decided to make the idea a reality as of the next academic year. The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) will provide recycling ...  >>MORE

Several initiatives mark World Environment Day

Posted on 07/06/2009

People around the world celebrated World Environment Day on Friday and participated in numerous activities. The Department of Economic Development (DED) launched a series of environment-friendly initiatives to mark the day. They were aimed at promoting general awareness about sustainable environmental practices. The celebrations were attended by the management and employees of the organisation. "The initiative reiterates DED's commitment to abide by all environmental laws and regulations to ...  >>MORE

Going paperless to raise environmental awareness in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/06/2009

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) along with 12 other government institutions went paperless on Thursday to mark World Environment Day. Gayathri Raghwa, Specialist Programme developer for Environment Education at EAD, told Gulf News that the idea is to take steps towards an office of the future with reduced paper use, in the UAE and worldwide. "The most important aspect for us to take this event to a higher level is support from public and private organisations in the country and most ...  >>MORE

Al Qasba plans green drive in Sharjah

Posted on 02/06/2009

Al Qasba Development Project Authority here is planning a two-day event beginning today to mark the World Environment Day (June 5). Events include a clean-up campaign, an "Art Out Of Waste" competition, "Save Energy" campaign, and charity auctions, the proceeds of which will be donated to the UAE's Red Crescent, will be held to raise public awareness about the environment. The clean-up drive will take place on Al Khan Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday at Abu Shagara Park, both from 5pm-7pm. Two ...  >>MORE

Mobile recycling service launched

Posted on 28/05/2009

Recycle to Regain - a recycling truck that will pass through neighbourhoods to collect separated piles of waste. Dulsco, a waste management service company, launched this first-of-its-kind service recently. It is currently on show at the Middle East Waste Summit. Prakash Parab, director of Dulsco, said this is a new concept which aims to make it easier for people to recycle, while educating those who come across it. The brightly coloured custom-made vehicle has compartments for plastic, ...  >>MORE

UAE, Korea sign MoU for environmental cooperation

Posted on 27/05/2009

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed yesterday between the UAE's Ministry of Water and Republic of Korea's Ministry of Environment to enhance cooperation in environmental protection and sustainable development. Under the MoU, the two sides will seek to build capabilities in natural resources and environment management. Environment and Water Minister H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad said the MoU is aimed at boosting long term cooperation in environment preservation. – Emirates News Agency, ...  >>MORE

Environment agency's green project cuts down energy consumption

Posted on 26/05/2009

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) last week completed a project where it "greened" its IT. Their Information and Communication Technology (ICT) eco-footprint will now be managed through a comprehensive life-cycle programme. As part of the project, EAD conducted a computer usage audit, which revealed that the majority of energy consumption was spent on electricity and IT. Awareness signs encouraging reduced use of energy and paper were displayed over every printer, scanner and ...  >>MORE

Emirates Foundation, ExxonMobil launch new nationwide energy efficiency project

Posted on 14/05/2009

The Emirates Foundation, one of the UAE's foremost philanthropic institutions, in partnership with ExxonMobil, a leading international energy company, yesterday announced a series of grant opportunities to accelerate gains in energy efficiency in the UAE. The CEO of the Emirates Foundation, Peter Cleaves, commented: "Efficiency is good and waste is bad. The significant hydrocarbon resources in the UAE often diminish incentives to be energy efficient. We look forward to seeing diverse creative ...  >>MORE

Creative efforts to protect environment

Posted on 03/05/2009

In an effort to enhance awareness about the effects of global warming and make positive lifestyle changes among youngsters, Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi organised a competition for Abu Dhabi
school students. A total of 182 schools participated and 1,552 entries were submitted including artwork, articles and research papers based on lessons on environment protection. The competition was open to all Abu Dhabi school students from kindergarten to secondary school level. The theme of the ...  >>MORE

EAD project wins award

Posted on 01/05/2009

The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), a flagship project of Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD), has been voted the best application of Geospatial technologies in Environmental Management in the region. EAD received an award for this project at the Map Middle East Conference and Exhibition, an annual regional conference, aimed at enhancing Geospatial technologies in the region. The Agency's exhibition stand was also voted the best among the various exhibitors. The ...  >>MORE

UAE, ACSAD ink MoU for joint cooperation

Posted on 30/04/2009

H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, received yesterday Dr. Rafiq Ali Saleh, Director General of the Arab Centre for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD). The meeting explored mechanisms for boosting cooperation between the UAE and the Damascus-based centre in areas as diverse as conservation of the environment, national capacity building, exchange of expertise and information in water, agriculture and animal wealth. At the end of the meeting the two ...  >>MORE

UAE is determined to reduce carbon footprint : Hamli

Posted on 23/04/2009

The UAE is determined to take measures to reduce carbon footprint and secure a sustainable future, H.E. Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of Energy, affirmed yesterday. 'The UAE's commitment to the environment is not new. More than 20 years ago, ADNOC declared a zero-flare policy at a time when virtually every oilfield in the world was flaring associated gas. The UAE, through Masdar Initiative, has shown that it is determined to take a massive forward to assume global leadership in ...  >>MORE

Dubai works towards containing NOx emissions

Posted on 21/04/2009

Dubai is seriously addressing the issue of excessive levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the emirate, a top official from the government said. According to Rashed Mohammed Karkain, Head of Environmental Planning and Studies Section at Dubai Municipality, the emirate currently exceeds the limit imposed by the World Health Organisation due to power plants' burning of fuel oil and continuous emission of hazardous fumes by trucks. "It (NOx emission) is exceeding the WHO limit. Our air control ...  >>MORE

UAE's fifth green building gets US certification

Posted on 21/04/2009

The UAE's fifth green building has been certified as US LEED platinum while 450 buildings are currently waiting to be certified in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as building codes for both emirates are being drawn up. Mario Seneviratne, World Green Buildings Council secretary congratulated Ali Bin Towaih, executive director of Enpark and Director of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Division (Seed) at Tecom Investments on the completion of the UAE's fifth green building, the Tecom Investment ...  >>MORE

Khalifa issues decree reshuffling Board of Directors of EAA

Posted on 19/04/2009

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued an Emiri decree No.3 for Year 2009 restructuring the board of directors of the Environment Authority-Abu Dhabi with honorary chairmanship of General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The decree stipulated that the board of directors of the Environment Authority-Abu Dhabi will be restructured with ...  >>MORE

IPU urges members to follow UAE model in environment protection

Posted on 11/04/2009

Addis Ababa - The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) concluded its 120th Assembly here yesterday by urging member countries to adopt proposals tabled by the UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) on green projects. The FNC has proposed adoption of sustainable and environment-friendly initiatives such as the carbon-free Masdar city, launched by the government of Abu Dhabi, and the Blue Communities, launched by the government of Dubai. The IPU also recommended adoption of the Emirati proposal to ...  >>MORE

Ministry bans catching, marketing of Badah fish

Posted on 01/04/2009

Environment '&' Water Minister H.E. Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad has issued a ministerial resolution prohibiting catching and selling of Badah (Silver Biddy) fish in Abu Dhabi during the period spanning April 1 and June 1. The resolution also restricts fishing with Ghazl and Sakkar fixed fishing nets in Abu Dhabi. According to the resolution, violators will be punishable by the articles of law number 23 for 1999 on the exploitation and protection of marine eco-system in the UAE and relevant ...  >>MORE

Icons plunge into darkness to shed light on planet

Posted on 29/03/2009

Iconic landmarks across the UAE dimmed their lights for one hour on Saturday evening as part of the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) global Earth Hour initiative. Government departments, local businesses and hotels were plunged into darkness in Dubai between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Dubai International Airport switched off lighting at all its duty free stores across its three terminals while travellers ate in food courts lit by candlelight. Lights at the Burj Dubai, the tallest building in the ...  >>MORE

Nationwide support for Earth Hour

Posted on 26/03/2009

The Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) and several other companies in the capital will switch their lights off for one hour on March 28 as part of Earth Hour this year, the EAD has announced. Earth Hour is an annual international event, created by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) that calls on individuals and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour. This year, Earth Hour will take place around the world on March 28, from 8.30pm to ...  >>MORE

UAE to mark Earth Hour

Posted on 19/03/2009

The changing coloured lights that typically illuminate the curved white and glass façade of the Burj Al Arab will darken next Saturday when the UAE joins 84 other countries for Earth Hour, a global initiative to recognise the effects of climate change. Representatives from several local companies, non-governmental organisations and government agencies announced the plan to switch off ‘non-essential' lights in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sharjah for one hour
on March 28th. During ...  >>MORE

Majid Al Mansouri of EAD wins GCC's Best Environmental Personality Award

Posted on 19/03/2009

Secretary General of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi-(EAD) Majid Al Mansouri has won the prestigious award of the Best Environmental Personality in the UAE. The award is conferred by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) evaluating the best environmental initiatives during 2007-2008 in the member states. Al Mansouri will receive his award at a ceremony to be held in Muscat on 21st April to honour the winners in various categories. Secretary General of the GCC and Supreme Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Wadi Wurrayah becomes wildlife reserve

Posted on 17/03/2009

Wadi Wurrayah and surrounding areas in the mountains of eastern Fujairah have been formally declared as a nature reserve and protected area under the terms of an Emiri decree issued yesterday by HH Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, UAE Supreme Council member and Ruler of Fujairah. Law No. 2 for 2009 says that the area to be protected includes Wadi Wurrayah itself as well as surrounding areas extending to Wadi Zikt, Wadi Maqsad and Wadi Al Sodiya. The objectives of the new Law include a ...  >>MORE

EAD awarded 'Best Government Entity' for Large Category at ADAEP

Posted on 14/03/2009

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) was awarded the certificate of the Best Government Entity -Large Category- at the Abu Dhabi Award for Excellence in Government Performance (ADAEP) in a special ceremony which was held at the Emirates Palace Hotel on Wednesday. Thabit Al-Abdessalaam, Director of Biodiversity Sector- Marine Environment at EAD was also awarded the prize for the Excellent Government Employee in the Technical field. In addition, EAD's project on Strategic Water Reserves was ...  >>MORE

EAD, DGEEF sign MoU on conservation of Niger's environment, natural resources

Posted on 10/03/2009

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the General Directorate of Environment, Water and Forests - Ministry of Environment and the Fight against Desertification of The Republic of Niger (DGEEF). This is to outline the relationship between the two Parties for the restoration and the sustainable preservation of the ecosystems of the Republic of Niger and their natural resources. The MoU was signed by EAD's Secretary General ...  >>MORE

Green 'heroes' needed to help save environment

Posted on 18/02/2009

Authorities are calling for 'environment heroes' to come forward and pledge to help save energy and the environment for the sake of future generations. In doing so, the 'heroes' could also save on bills by up to Dh2,200 or more. A nationwide energy sustainability campaign called Heroes of the UAE kicked off yesterday in a bid to tackle the UAE's high ecological footprint and energy consumption habits. The campaign, developed by the Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS), in association with World ...  >>MORE

UAE calls on world to take further measures to reduce gas emissions

Posted on 12/02/2009

The UAE called yesterday on the world community to address and tackle all factors leading to the rise in temperature as part of international efforts to handle global warming. H.E. Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of Energy, told a workshop on mitigating effects of climate change in Abu Dhabi that government regulations were needed to reduce gas emissions as part of a blanket solution to the problem of global warming. 'The UAE has launched several scientific green initiatives in this ...  >>MORE

UAE, Germany discuss joint environmental cooperation

Posted on 05/02/2009

Prime Minister of German State of Schleswig-Holstein Peter Harry said yesterday Germany was ready to provide UAE with technology and know-how to develop its capacity to handle major environmental concerns. The German minister made his remarks during a meeting today with Director General of the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) Dr. Salim Al Dhahiri. The two officials reviewed avenues of joint ecological cooperation under the memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries. A host of ...  >>MORE

EAD and Bahraini Authority to cooperate on wildlife, fisheries and marine env. conservation

Posted on 05/02/2009

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Tuesday between the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the General Directorate for the Protection of Marine Resources (GDPMR), Kingdom of Bahrain, which constitutes an agreement for cooperation in the fields of wildlife, fisheries and marine environment. The MoU was signed by HE Majid Ali Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General and Mr. Jassim Al-Qaseer, Director General, GDMPR. The two organizations agreed to cooperate in the conservation and ...  >>MORE

RAK's Jess Mountain covered in snow

Posted on 25/01/2009

In a rare phenomenon which is happening for the first time, snow has covered the peak of the Jess Mountain in Ras al Khaimah as temperature fell sharply to below zero degree centigrade. Although limited snowfall had been recorded on the mountain some years back, it is the first time the peak of the mountain is fully covered in about 20 centimetre-thick snow, while the mercury plummeted Saturday afternoon to below zero degree centigrade in most part of the Ras Al Khaimah. The Jess Mountain, ...  >>MORE

ENVIRONMENT 2009 exhibition attracts 256 companies from 28 countries

Posted on 15/01/2009

The fifth edition of the ENVIRONMENT 2009 Exhibition and Conference which takes place 19 - 21 January 2009 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, will feature 256 exhibitors from 28 countries showcasing a range of water, waste and air quality management solutions. Germany, France, The UK, Italy, Switzerland and China will host national pavilions at the event at which over 10,000 visitors from more than 25 countries are expected. The show, to be held ...  >>MORE

UAE is working against climate change - Minister

Posted on 13/12/2008

Poznan - The UAE has intensified its efforts towards minimising the effects of climate change. Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water said in a speech delivered at the 14th UN conference on climate change held in Poznan, Poland, from 1-12 December, that the UAE has directed a lot of attention towards this vital issue, where the related social, economic and environment aspects of climate change represent a basic part of the country's policy in this respect. Bin Fahad ...  >>MORE

UAE, ROPME discuss ways to arrest red tide

Posted on 01/12/2008

Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Rashid bin Fahad received yesterday Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awadi Executive Secretary of Kuwait-based Regional Organization for the Protection of Marine Environment (ROPME). The meeting discussed the best ways of containing the red tide phenomenon which hit coasts in the eastern parts of the UAE and those of neighbouring countries. 'Red tide" is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom, an event in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khor sanctuary gets protected status

Posted on 27/11/2008

The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary was commemorated as the only listed protected wetland in the UAE by Dubai Municipality this week. Wadi Wurrayah in Fujairah could become a second wetland on the list if it meets the appropriate criteria of the Ramsar Convention, said Mohammad Abdul Rahman Hassan, head of marine environment and sanctuaries unit from the environment department at Dubai Municipality. "Wetlands have a broad definition. It can be reeds, a mangrove swamp or Khors - as long as ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi partners with RTI for environmental management sector

Posted on 25/11/2008

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has partnered with the U.S-based research and technical services firm RTI International to assist the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in enhancing its existing environmental protection programs. The 10-Year Strategic Partnership: "Building a World-Class Environmental Programme" was announced yesterday during a ceremony held at RTI's offices with the attendance of HE Majid Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General, HE Richard Olson, USA Ambassador to the UAE and Dr. ...  >>MORE

EAD and FEA sign MoU

Posted on 24/11/2008

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) to exchange information and environmental data to promote their common interest in protecting the environment and combating all forms of pollution in the Emirate. The MoU was signed on Thursday by HE Majid Ali Al Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General and Dr. Salem Masri Al Dhahiri, Director General of FEA in a ceremony held at EAD offices. According to the ...  >>MORE

UAE to participate in Ozone Layer protection conference

Posted on 20/11/2008

UAE is participating in the Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the 20th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which are being held simultaneously in Doha, Qatar. UAE's official delegation to the conference is headed by Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd. The minister said that the two conferences will discuss a number of pertinent issues related to ...  >>MORE

UAE to step up measures to protect marine environment

Posted on 13/11/2008

The UAE's Ministry of Environment will step up measures aimed at protecting marine environment and conservation of natural resources as part of the government's strategy to achieve sustainable development. The ministry will work out a number of policies and streamline existing regulations to prevent the extinction of marine life. The UAE Federal Minister of Environment and Water, Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Regional Clean Sea ...  >>MORE

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Green campaigners spread the light


Tahnoun Bin Mohammed views the model of the Sheikh Zayed Centre for Desert Environment


UAE to ban plastic bags from 2012


EAD and Sorouh launch 'Green Your Life' campaign


University to start recycling


Several initiatives mark World Environment Day


Going paperless to raise environmental awareness in Abu Dhabi


Al Qasba plans green drive in Sharjah


Mobile recycling service launched


UAE, Korea sign MoU for environmental cooperation


Environment agency's green project cuts down energy consumption


Emirates Foundation, ExxonMobil launch new nationwide energy efficiency project


Creative efforts to protect environment


EAD project wins award


UAE, ACSAD ink MoU for joint cooperation


UAE is determined to reduce carbon footprint : Hamli


Dubai works towards containing NOx emissions


UAE's fifth green building gets US certification


Khalifa issues decree reshuffling Board of Directors of EAA


IPU urges members to follow UAE model in environment protection


Ministry bans catching, marketing of Badah fish


Icons plunge into darkness to shed light on planet


Nationwide support for Earth Hour


UAE to mark Earth Hour


Majid Al Mansouri of EAD wins GCC's Best Environmental Personality Award


Wadi Wurrayah becomes wildlife reserve


EAD awarded 'Best Government Entity' for Large Category at ADAEP


EAD, DGEEF sign MoU on conservation of Niger's environment, natural resources


Green 'heroes' needed to help save environment


UAE calls on world to take further measures to reduce gas emissions


UAE, Germany discuss joint environmental cooperation


EAD and Bahraini Authority to cooperate on wildlife, fisheries and marine env. conservation


RAK's Jess Mountain covered in snow


ENVIRONMENT 2009 exhibition attracts 256 companies from 28 countries


UAE is working against climate change - Minister


UAE, ROPME discuss ways to arrest red tide


Ras Al Khor sanctuary gets protected status


Abu Dhabi partners with RTI for environmental management sector


EAD and FEA sign MoU


UAE to participate in Ozone Layer protection conference


UAE to step up measures to protect marine environment