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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Bin Fahd heads UAE delegation to Islamic conference on Environment

Posted on 31/10/2008

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd headed the UAE delegation to the third Islamic Conference of environment ministers due to be held in Rabat under the patronage of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The conference under the title 'Reducing the impact of climate change on Islamic countries' will conclude on Friday 31st October. The conference continued to discuss a number of issues pertaining to environment and sustainable development in the Islamic world. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi bird-protection plan hailed as ’new era’ for the world

Posted on 28/10/2008

Plans to assemble a team of six experts in Abu Dhabi to oversee bird preservation efforts in the Gulf herald a new era in the fight to protect species around the world, a senior UN official said yesterday. The UAE agreed to host the team after ratifying a memorandum of understanding last week for worldwide co-operation against the threat to migratory birds, an agreement signed by 27 other countries that comes into effect on Saturday. The MoU is seen as a precursor to the UN Convention on ...  >>MORE

Campaign to collect bottles

Posted on 26/10/2008

Companies with more than 200 employees are being urged to send plastic bottles accumulated at their premises to Masafi company for recycling. The bottles will be collected by Masafi collection centres and sent to Fujairah for recycling into non-food plastic items. The corporate recycling service aims to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bottles. The service is part of Masafi's Carbon Action Plan - an initiative to reduce the carbon footprint in the UAE launched by the company in July ...  >>MORE

Emarat launches gasoline vapour recovery system to protect environment

Posted on 21/10/2008

The Petroleum distribution company of UAE, Emarat announced yesterday that it has achieved recently an important milestone, by commissioning a vapour recovery system in its distribution network. Emarat has a network of storage terminals and over 180 service stations spread across Dubai and Northern Emirates. Over the years, Emarat has introduced a number of technological upgrades in petroleum product storage and distribution operations for reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and ...  >>MORE

Ministry signs protocol to protect environment

Posted on 19/10/2008

A 'Green Life Protocol' was signed on Saturday by the Minister of Environment and Water and LG Electronics to promote better environment practices in the public and private sectors. The environmental pledge for preservation and sustainability was signed by the Ministry of Environment and Water, LG Electronics, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the International Association for Human Values (IAHV). Speaking at the conference Marcel Alers, principal technical advisor on ...  >>MORE

New website from Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/10/2008

Abu Dhabi: Residents of the capital wanting to get a clear picture of the air quality in the city can now log on to a special website launched by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. The agency has also launched an online index at http://www.ead.ae that should prove helpful for people with respiratory illnesses. The site has been put up in association with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research, the agency's partner in ...  >>MORE

EAD makes air quality monitoring accessible to all

Posted on 16/10/2008

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and its strategic partner Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) launched yesterday the first Abu Dhabi Air Quality Website and Online Index. The launch of the Website and Online Index was announced during a special ceremony at NILU Headquarters. The ceremony was attended by Mohammed Al Bawardi, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of EAD, Majid Al Mansouri Secretary General of EAD, the Charge d'Affaires Ase Bjerke ...  >>MORE

EAD releases two major books

Posted on 15/10/2008

Two major books highlighting Abu Dhabi Emirate's terrestrial and marine environment were released yesterday by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) in a double-book launch held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Authors and editors were present to deliver a brief about their contributions to each of the books. Both books were published in English, while the Arabic versions are expected to be published very soon. Majid Al-Mansouri, EAD's Secretary General said during the launch ...  >>MORE

Campaign for Sustainable Living and Environment Evokes Large Response

Posted on 14/10/2008

The Mission Green Earth - Stand up and Take Action 2008,' campaign has evoked huge response with Dubai Municipality, Parks and Recreations Department of Abu Dhabi Municipality, Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Sharjah Airport Free Zone (SAIFZONE), a large number of companies from the corporate sector, educational institutions and health bodies, announcing their support to the campaign as it moves towards its culmination on October 17, 18 and 19, 2008 in the UAE. Organisers of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gets online gateway to geographic data

Posted on 13/10/2008

The latest data about Abu Dhabi's habitats, wildlife, agriculture, forestry, soils and water, among other topics can now be accessed with just a click of a button. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has developed a geospatial data portal that makes environmental data and metadata readily available to government organizations and the general public. The portal can be accessed at http//www.geoportal.ae The portal, with a new interface in both Arabic and English, is a one-stop access ...  >>MORE

Pollution control plan for UAE on cards

Posted on 12/10/2008

A pollution control plan is on the anvil and will be submitted to the Federal National Council for approval before the end of the year, according to Minister of Environment and Water Dr Ahmed bin Fahad. "Under the plan, modern equipment and systems for controlling oil pollution and monitoring beaches, seaports and regional waters will be made available,'' he said. The minister made these remarks during a visit to the Fujairah Municipality where he was received by its director Mohammed Saif ...  >>MORE

Quarry neighbours relocated

Posted on 12/10/2008

People living close to dust-emitting quarries in Fujairah are being moved away and compensated for the loss of land and stock as officials vigorously implement new federal environmental regulations. Authorities in Fujairah have twice shut down all the emirate's quarries and rock crushers recently to counter heavy accumulations of dust during periods of severe heat and humidity. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, the Crown Prince of Fujairah, visited six quarries and cement plants this week and said ...  >>MORE

Green drive in Dubai
to plant Ghaf trees

Posted on 05/10/2008

The environmental campaign Mission Green Earth will see distribution of seeds for 100,000 Ghaf trees for plantation by UAE residents. The initiative, part of a global campaign, aims for one million UAE residents to stand up on October 17, 18 and 19 to remind their government of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal of a sustainable environment. Campaign spokesperson Rugmani Prabhakar said that as well as raising awareness, Mission Green Earth had an important practical component, ...  >>MORE

Eco-city will curb carbon emissions

Posted on 03/10/2008

The proposed eco-city, Ziggurat, aims to cut carbon emissions by 90 per cent and reduce commuting time, according to Dubai-based developer Timelinks. The pyramid-shaped project to come up in Dubai aims to support a community of up to one million people by harnessing the power of nature, a statement said on Sunday. In Dubai, 400,000 road-toll (Salik) tags have been issued for vehicles to operate in the emirate. Dubai's cars alone generate a total of two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, if ...  >>MORE

Environment ministry issues decree to regulate hunting of sharks

Posted on 28/09/2008

Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, has issued a ministerial decree on bye-laws of Federal Law no. 23 of 1999 dealing with the use, protection and development of water resources in the UAE. According to the decree, only motorboats are henceforth allowed to hunt for "JurJur" sharks and such a motorboat must have a license issued by the Ministry of Environment and Water permitting it to hunt for sharks. A person with more than one motorboat will be allowed to use only ...  >>MORE

Princess Haya calls on UAE residents to join Mission Green Earth

Posted on 23/09/2008

In a significant and historical initiative, one million UAE residents are expected to come together and stand up during the three days of October 17, 18 and 19 2008, to make a nation-wide pledge to pursue policies that encourage sustainable living and help drive sustainable environment in the emirates as part of a unique 'Mission Green Earth - Stand up and Take Action 2008' campaign. The campaign will be held under the patronage of UN Messenger of Peace HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife ...  >>MORE

Environmental policy unit created

Posted on 22/09/2008

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahd has issued an ordinance setting up a special unit for formulating environmental policies of the country. The new unit is directly affiliated to the Minister's office and will be headed by Advisor for environmental affairs at the Ministry Dr. Sa'ad Eddin Mohammed Al-Numairi. The unit will develop strategies for protecting the environment and formulate policies for preserving natural resources and the biodiversity in the country. ...  >>MORE

EAD sheds light on Ozone depleting products on Ozone Day

Posted on 16/09/2008

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is calling on the community to support the UAE Government's efforts to protect the Ozone Layer by reducing their reliance on ozone-depleting products and switching to ozone-friendly products instead. On the occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which falls on September 16, 2008, EAD is reminding the public that the Ozone Layer provides a fragile shield against Ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun and that the ...  >>MORE

Dubai set for eco-taxis after trials

Posted on 14/09/2008

The first low-emission taxis will be available on the streets of Dubai from next month for passenger trials. The Roads and Transport Agency (RTA) said a fleet of 10 Toyota Camry hybrid engine vehicles had been thoroughly tested since delivery in July, paving the way for more hybrid vehicles in the future. Mr. Abdul Aziz Malik, chief executive of Dubai Taxi Agency, said the agency's "engineers are pleased with the initial results so far and anticipated that the public would receive the Camry ...  >>MORE

EAD signs agreement with Sorouh to develop 'Green Your Life' feature

Posted on 10/09/2008

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has signed an agreement with Sorouh, one of the UAE's leading property companies, to develop a new feature on EAD's corporate website (www.ead.ae). The feature, called Green Your Life, will be a 3D virtual home tour providing practical tips to the community to conserve water, energy and reduce waste around their own home. According to the agreement, EAD will be providing all content while Sorouh will be designing and developing advanced animated ...  >>MORE

Factories Polluting Air will be Fined

Posted on 08/09/2008

Factories and establishments found polluting the environment in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be fined and prosecuted, according to a senior official of the Abu Dhabi Environment Authority (ADEA). The Director of Environmental Policies at the Abu Dhabi Environment Authority, Dr. Jaber Al Jaberi, cautioned that pollution by companies, establishments and factories was a punishable offence. Besides prosecution, the violators risk suspension, or even revocation of licence. During the last eight ...  >>MORE

New strategy by ADNEC to reduce waste

Posted on 04/09/2008

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that since launching its environmental strategy "Re-use, Reduce, Recycle" in January 2008, it has saved the equivalent of 900 trees, 200,000 kilowatts of energy and 1.6 million litres of water. The strategy which was launched to coincide with the highly successful World Future Energy Summit, which was held at ADNEC in January, has seen the implementation of various environmental initiatives. This has included the appointment of a ...  >>MORE

Enpark becomes first free zone in Gulf to launch sustainable development policy

Posted on 31/08/2008

The Energy and Environment Park (Enpark) on Saturday announced a Sustainable Development Policy, becoming the first free zone in the region to implement eco-friendly initiatives. Enpark's Sustainable Development Policy places major thrust on energy and water conservation. Adopting an inclusive approach to its development, Enpark plans to work closely with all authorities to enlist their participation in the project. As a commercial venture, Enpark will aim to prove that conducting business ...  >>MORE

Green carriers give 'paws' for thought

Posted on 03/08/2008

Rocketing veterinary bills made a Feline Friends volunteer "paws" for thought. The result: 1,000 eco-friendly "cat bags". Lissy Morris felt it was the perfect opportunity to do "something good for the environment". Feline Friends is an organisation run by volunteers, whose goal is to bring relief and care to the feral, stray, and abandoned feline population in Dubai. It does not have an animal shelter, nor receive any official funding, and therefore relies on donations and volunteer foster ...  >>MORE

DTCM plans to decrease 20% CO2 emissions by 2011

Posted on 19/07/2008

Recognising the issues associated with global warming, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai has undertaken as one of its Corporate Social Responsibilities (SCR) an initiative to reduce 20% Carbon emissions within the hospitality sector by 2011. Khalid A bin Sulayem, Director General of the DTCM, called upon the Hospitality Sector to actively join this initiative by undertaking actions to reduce CO2 emissions to meet the DTCM target by 2011. The initiative focuses ...  >>MORE

Rules will clean up quarries’ toxic dust

Posted on 16/07/2008

The Government introduced strict air-quality guidelines yesterday to stop quarries from creating clouds of dust and toxins harmful to nearby residents. The guidelines, which apply immediately for companies starting up new quarries, specify the amount of sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, suspended particles and breathable dust that is permissible at quarries. Existing companies have a year to comply and are expected to present implementation schedules to the federal ...  >>MORE

Environment and Water minister launches Environmental Information Award

Posted on 13/07/2008

Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd has launched a new award related to environmental information for secondary and university students. The Environmental Information Award was announced during the opening ceremony of a seminar on "Partnership between the Ministry of Environment and Water and the media in the service of the environment and environmental culture". The seminar was organised by the ministry in cooperation with the press centre and the faculty of ...  >>MORE

Dubai activist in the running for global green prize

Posted on 10/07/2008

Geneva - The head of Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has been shortlisted for a US$100,000 (Dh367,000) award from Rolex for her 17 years of work on green issues. Habiba al Marashi, EEG's chairman and co-founder, is one of six candidates from the Middle East with a chance of winning a Rolex Award for Enterprise. The awards, founded in 1976 by the Geneva-based watch company, are presented to five people every two years in areas such as technology, exploration, the environment and cultural ...  >>MORE

UAE Environment and Water Minister, Water International Body sign MoU

Posted on 08/07/2008

UAE Environment and Water Minister HE Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dr Dhafr Adeel, director of United Nations University International Network on Water, Environment and Health, on cooperation in the fields of research, capacity building and sustainable management of water resources in the UAE. The MoU was signed at the Federal Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi in presence of Dr Salem Masri Al Dhahiri, Director General of the Agency. The signing of the ...  >>MORE

EAD launch of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group

Posted on 01/07/2008

The invitation by H.E Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Secretary General of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Managing Director of EAD to establish the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group attracted high response from government establishments and private sector companies, where 15 declared their interest to join in this group to support the Environment Agency's efforts in the development and implementation of standards and make use of the best suitable technology to enable the Emirate ...  >>MORE

Environment minister heads UAE delegation to GCC Committee meeting

Posted on 30/06/2008

Minister of environment and Water, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, will lead UAE delegation to the 19th ministerial meeting of the Agricultural Cooperation Committee of member states of the Gulf cooperation council (GCC). The meeting, to be held in the Qatari capital, Doha, on July 1, will discuss a number of agricultural and environmental issues, including laws on seeds, seedlings, veterinary medicine practicing, animal rights and unified law for the use and protection of water resources, which ...  >>MORE

Pollution detection centres

Posted on 30/06/2008

The Environment Authority - Abu Dhabi is currently coordinating with companies and factories to set up air pollution detection stations on their projects' sites all over the emirate, Majid Al Mansoury, General Secretary of the authority, said recently. Al Mansoury told Khaleej Times that these stations could detect the level of air pollution resulting from the machinery and operations and help identify the causes of the pollution, leading to ways to cut down on emissions. It would be ...  >>MORE

DP World endorses CEO Climate Change Policy

Posted on 25/06/2008

Recommendations to G8 Leaders Global marine terminal operator DP World has announced its endorsement of the groundbreaking 'CEO Climate Policy Recommendations to G8 Leaders', the most detailed statement on climate change strategy to date by a diverse group of major companies throughout the world. The CEO Climate Policy Recommendations to G8 Leaders were handed to Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan and the current G8 President, by Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the World Economic ...  >>MORE

Online Abu Dhabi State of Environment Report 2008 now Underway; http://www.soe.ae

Posted on 23/06/2008

Following the landmark publication and success of the first online State of Environment Report (SoE), developed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 2007, an enhanced online SoE 2008 is now underway. The SoE, which is aimed at everyone from policy makers to students, can be considered 'a snapshot in time'. It is a snapshot of our environment at this moment in time. Not only does it provide essential, timely and quality information about environmental and related human conditions, ...  >>MORE

Panel to form national environment health plan

Posted on 19/06/2008

A committee has been set up to draft the National Environmental Health Strategy following a decision taken by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD). The committee, headed by EAD Secretary-General Majid Al Mansouri, has been tasked with developing the National Environmental Health Strategy and collaborating with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC), which has been chosen to lead a team of specialists in ...  >>MORE

Public unaware of most pressing environmental issues

Posted on 15/06/2008

Residents are relatively unconcerned about the scarcity of fresh water and the environmental costs of desalination, although they are among Abu Dhabi's most pressing environmental issues, according to a new survey. The five-month survey of 2,363 people in the capital, Al Ain and Al Gharbia showed that the most commonly perceived environmental issues were pollution, traffic-related problems, waste generation and disposal, climate change and the use of plastic. The survey, carried out for the ...  >>MORE

ENPARK pioneers drive to promote carbon neutral environment in UAE

Posted on 13/06/2008

In line with the World Environment Day 2008 theme 'CO2-Kick the Habit' that aims to achieve a low carbon economy, the Energy and Environment Park (ENPARK), a fully comprehensive eco friendly community for commercial and residential use, and a member of TECOM Business Parks, announced it will drive a carbon footprint assessment across all TECOM Business Parks in collaboration with EcoVentures, one of its licensed business partners. The initiative will seek to measure and quantify the ...  >>MORE

Environment Authority-Abu Dhabi and ZonesCorp sign MOU

Posted on 09/06/2008

The Environment Authority-Abu Dhabi (EAAD) and ZonesCorp signed on Sunday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for setting standards and criteria that will contribute to creating a safe environment for domestic and foreign investments in the industrial and economic sectors in the emirate. The MOU was signed between Secretary General of EAAD Majid al Mansouri and CEO of ZonesCorp Jaber Hareb Al Khuyayli in the presence of a number of officials from both sides. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Events and activities to mark World Environment Day today

Posted on 05/06/2008

Divers cleared large amounts of ship wastes and rubbish from the bottom of Fisherman's Port, Jumeirah yesterday ahead of World Environment Day activities. Events and activities are taking place across the UAE today to mark World Environment Day, a United Nations Environment Programme initiative commemorated each June 5. The Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) sector of Trakhees (Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation) had a headstart on activities when a team collected and removed large ...  >>MORE

Conservation grants raised to US$100,000

Posted on 25/05/2008

The Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants has been increased to US$100,000 for 2008-09, the highest-ever to be given by Ford Motor Company in the region. An announcement to that effect was made in Dubai during a recent ceremony where the Ford Middle East recognised the 14 winners of the 2007-2008 Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants. A total of US$90,000 in grants money was donated during a special ceremony in Dubai. The new programme will accept entries ...  >>MORE

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UAE to step up measures to protect marine environment


Bin Fahd heads UAE delegation to Islamic conference on Environment


Abu Dhabi bird-protection plan hailed as ’new era’ for the world


Campaign to collect bottles


Emarat launches gasoline vapour recovery system to protect environment


Ministry signs protocol to protect environment


New website from Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi


EAD makes air quality monitoring accessible to all


EAD releases two major books


Campaign for Sustainable Living and Environment Evokes Large Response


Abu Dhabi gets online gateway to geographic data


Pollution control plan for UAE on cards


Quarry neighbours relocated


Green drive in Dubai
to plant Ghaf trees


Eco-city will curb carbon emissions


Environment ministry issues decree to regulate hunting of sharks


Princess Haya calls on UAE residents to join Mission Green Earth


Environmental policy unit created


EAD sheds light on Ozone depleting products on Ozone Day


Dubai set for eco-taxis after trials


EAD signs agreement with Sorouh to develop 'Green Your Life' feature


Factories Polluting Air will be Fined


New strategy by ADNEC to reduce waste


Enpark becomes first free zone in Gulf to launch sustainable development policy


Green carriers give 'paws' for thought


DTCM plans to decrease 20% CO2 emissions by 2011


Rules will clean up quarries’ toxic dust


Environment and Water minister launches Environmental Information Award


Dubai activist in the running for global green prize


UAE Environment and Water Minister, Water International Body sign MoU


EAD launch of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group


Environment minister heads UAE delegation to GCC Committee meeting


Pollution detection centres


DP World endorses CEO Climate Change Policy


Online Abu Dhabi State of Environment Report 2008 now Underway; http://www.soe.ae


Panel to form national environment health plan


Public unaware of most pressing environmental issues


ENPARK pioneers drive to promote carbon neutral environment in UAE


Environment Authority-Abu Dhabi and ZonesCorp sign MOU


Events and activities to mark World Environment Day today


Conservation grants raised to US$100,000