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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

US centre studies climate change impact on UAE

Posted on 20/05/2008

A US research centre is currently studying the impact climate change could have on the UAE. The study, being carried out by an international, non-government research institute, is focusing on three environmental aspects — coast, water resources, and biodiversity. The study, being carried out at the behest of the UAE government, started in October 2007, and its findings will be presented to UAE officials in September this year. The study is ascertaining the impact of global warming on the ...  >>MORE

Hamdan bin Zayed chairs EAD's board meeting

Posted on 15/05/2008

HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, presided over a meeting of the board of directors of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), held on Wednesday at Al Nakheel Palace. At the beginning of the meeting, Sheikh Hamdan thanked President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and General HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their support to the environment, natural resources ...  >>MORE

Fujairah company marketing eco-friendly plastic bags

Posted on 15/05/2008

A new generation of biodegradable plastic bags that start to break down into harmless elements the moment they are made could soon be appearing in supermarkets. Conventional plastic bags can take between 400 and 1,000 years to degrade, and many end up as litter on beaches, streets and parks. An estimated 90 per cent of the rubbish floating in the sea is plastic, which is frequently swallowed by animals, often with fatal consequences. Fujairah Plastic Factories, the nation's biggest producer of ...  >>MORE

UAE sets up environment awareness wing

Posted on 11/05/2008

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd on Wednesday issued an ordinance setting up a special wing for creation of environmental awareness among institutions and the people. The move highlights the ministry's continuing plan to enhance interaction between the government and the society for the protection of the environment within the frame work of the federal strategy. Dr. Maryam Hassan al Shanasi will head the wing which will be affiliated to the office of the minister. ...  >>MORE

Drive gains momentum to curtail use of plastic bags

Posted on 07/05/2008

Emirates Wildlife Society-WWF (EWS-WWF) and Geant/Le Marche, (part of Fu-com LLC), the French hypermarket/supermarket chain, yesterday announced a joint initiative aimed at encouraging shoppers to further reduce their consumption of plastic bags. Geant/Le Marche started charging 25 fills per plastic bag since February this year in order to encourage customers to reduce their use and to encourage them to use natural reusable jute bags instead. Of the proceeds raised through the sale of these ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency Abu- Dhabi launches the Arab world’s First Public Sector Sustainability Report

Posted on 05/05/2008

The Environment Agency Abu- Dhabi (EAD) has launched on Sunday its Sustainability Report, which represents an important step in meeting several aspects of EAD's sustainability strategy. The Report, which has been prepared based on the world's most widely accepted guidelines for sustainability reporting - the Global Reporting Initiative's G3- Guidelines, is the Arab world's first public sector Sustainability Report. Al Bowardi said in the speech he delivered during the launch, "In the past, ...  >>MORE

Environmental strategy for Abu Dhabi unveiled

Posted on 30/04/2008

The five-year environment strategy of the Abu Dhabi emirate has specified ten priority areas as the best way to protect environment and made them pivotal to the policy agenda of the emirate. These include sustainability, comprehensive management of water resources, management and improvement of air quality, management of hazardous materials and waste, preservation of biodiversity and sustainable management of resources, creation of environmental awareness, development of a system for ...  >>MORE

One million tree campaign gets a boost from Jumeirah Rotary Club

Posted on 28/04/2008

The One Million Tree Campaign pledge of Emirates Environment Group (EEG) has increased by 35 more indigenous trees through the effort of Jumeirah Rotary Club, which planted 35 indigenous trees at Al Safa School for Boys - Dubai. EEG Chairperson Al Marashi, said that "the One Million Tree Campaign for EEG aims to complement the urban environment and also combat the spin - off of human activities. Planting indigenous trees will not only help offset the carbon count of our daily lives, but also ...  >>MORE

Dewa to observe Earth Day today

Posted on 22/04/2008

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority will observe Earth Day today in line with its regular participation in local, regional and international environmental events. The Authority has put in place various activities to mark Earth Day 2008, most significant of which is a trial project for paper recycling at the customer services office at Al Hudaiba in cooperation with TADWEER company. The aim of this programme is to offer a practical method wherein employees could help in protecting the ...  >>MORE

UAE seeks balance between sustainable development and environment

Posted on 15/04/2008

Minister of Environment and Water HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd said Monday the UAE had introduced a set of legislations to regulate the relationship between development and the environment and to ward off negative effects generated by steady growth of the industrial sector on the public health and environment. 'Despite the socio-economic benefits produced by the industrial sector, it has brought out many negatives on the public health and the environment due to absence or negligence of the ...  >>MORE

UAE lives in the shade of pristine environmental boom

Posted on 07/04/2008

UAE has always shown great care and attention to the protection of environment, and as a result, the people in the country are living in the shade of pristine environmental boom; said Minister of Health H.E. Humaid Mohammed Obeid Al Qattami. In a statement issued on the eve of the World Health Day (WHD) which is celebrated this year under the theme 'Protecting Health from Climate Change', Al Qattami also said that the pillars of environmental protection were laid by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin ...  >>MORE

Energy use fell by 100,000 kWh during "Earth Hour" in Dubai

Posted on 31/03/2008

Electricity consumption dropped by 100,000 kWh in Dubai during the city's first Earth Hour on Saturday, as residents and businesses across the city switched off non-essential lighting. At eight p.m. local time, thousands of individual participants turned off lights and appliances for the 60-minute event that swept around the globe in what was possibly the world's largest voluntary power outage since the invention of the light bulb. Electricity savings of 100,000 kWh, during the Earth Hour, ...  >>MORE

DEWA marks Earth Hour

Posted on 29/03/2008

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will organise Saturday in cooperation with the General Headquarters of Dubai Police, a parade in which over 5, 000 people will take part, to mark the Earth Hour festival along other major world cities. The event, which will be observed worldwide, is a global solidarity for climate change to combat the 'global warming' phenomenon. Engineer Amel Kosheck, director of investment services at the DEWA said that departments, schools and individuals ...  >>MORE

DMCC and Nakheel to work together on emissions reduction projects

Posted on 27/03/2008

Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) and Nakheel, Dubai's premier development company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly identify and develop emissions reduction projects across the whole of Nakheel's operations. DMCC and its partner, carbon reduction project developer EcoSecurities, will work with Nakheel to identify potential projects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency. DMCC will facilitate the development of the Clean Development ...  >>MORE

Support grows for Earth Hour in Dubai

Posted on 27/03/2008

The city's residents are being encouraged to turn their lights off for an hour on March 29 as support grows for climate change initiative Earth Hour. Dubai Municipality on March 26 announced it has launched an extensive media and awareness campaign to support Earth Hour, which calls for non-essential lighting to be turned off for an hour on March 29 at 8pm "to send a message across the world that we have the power to take action against global warming." Municipality Environment and Public ...  >>MORE

Decision to end subsidy for plastic bags gets support

Posted on 23/03/2008

Emirates Environment Group (EEG) has announced it strongly supports Dubai Municipality's move to halt subsidies for black plastic bags. The municipality announced last week it is to halt the distribution of 14 million free plastic bags in a bid to tackle the country's rising pollution rate, which sits at 17 per cent in Dubai alone. The global average is between 6 and 9 per cent. EEG hailed the municipality's decision and said it would provide a substantial reduction in plastic waste as well ...  >>MORE

UAE takes part in unique global virtual debate on climate change

Posted on 21/03/2008

The UAE participated in a unique global debate on technology and climate change Wednesday night at Dubai Internet City. The virtual panel discussion, hosted by Nobel laureate Al Gore, Cisco CEO John Chambers and Cisco Chief Marketing Officer Sue Bostrom, was simulcast to audiences around the world. The debate was moderated by ITN correspondent Lawrence McGinty in London and shown to live audiences in Dubai, Paris and Warsaw, creating a unique experience in which participants virtually sat ...  >>MORE

Dubai first Arab City to Join Earth Hour

Posted on 19/03/2008

The City of Dubai has joined the WWF's Earth Hour movement, as part of a global climate change initiative, which will see thousands of lights turned off all over the city at 8:00pm on Saturday March 29, in the largest voluntary power down in history. Dubai is the first Arab city to declare its support for Earth Hour Dubai Holding and the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) have linked up to lead the initiative that also has the support of Dubai Municipality, Dubai International ...  >>MORE

Anhydrite-rich soil discovered in Abu Dhabi coastal area

Posted on 18/03/2008

A new type of soil rich in Anhydrite (Calcium Sulphate - CaSO4), a mineral known for its value for construction purposes, was discovered only 70 cm deep in the coastal sabkha (salt flat) of the emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced to the Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD). According to EAD Secretary General Majid Al-Mansouri, high salinity and high temperatures preserve this mineral and prevent its conversion to gypsum which is a white or colourless mineral consisting of hydrated calcium sulphate ...  >>MORE

Ministry of environment to develop new system for quarries management

Posted on 29/02/2008

HE Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has announced that his ministry is working hard to develop a new system for regulating quarries business in coordination with relative local and federal entities. 'The new system will take into consideration public safety and environment conservation, the minister added. In his meeting with newspapers representatives, the minister said, "We expect the new system to enter into service in the first half of this year" "About 50% ...  >>MORE

Unified environment system launched

Posted on 26/02/2008

An integrated Environment, Health and Safety Management System for the emirate was launched on Monday at a two-day national symposium organised by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD). Mohammad Al Bowardi, Secretary-General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council said it was not only a prime component of Abu Dhabi's Government policy agenda but also one of the EAD's priority areas . It is considered an important tool... to develop our economy, and to contribute to the global efforts in minimising the ...  >>MORE

Conservation of water resources is an integral part of the federal strategy: Al Kindi

Posted on 15/02/2008

The UAE under the leadership of President H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has attached great importance to the issue of water conservation, Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi has said. Addressing a symposium organised by the Zayed Prize for Environment on "Water Security", Al Kindi said: "The Ministry of Environment is doing its utmost to develop and conserve water resources. Indeed, management and conservation of water resources is part and parcel of the UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE strives to maintain healthy, clean sustainable environment: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

Posted on 11/02/2008

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday received a delegation from the World Conservation Union (IUCN) led by its director general Julia Marton-Lefevre. She was accompanied by top leaders and experts of groups and committees. The meeting came ahead of the UAE hosting of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) in Al Ain from February 11 to 14. The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a ...  >>MORE

EAD launches campaign to weed out marine debris

Posted on 08/02/2008

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday launched an awareness campaign on marine debris. The campaign kicked off at the Mina Port in the capital. According to EAD officials, the development of Abu Dhabi coastline in recent years has resulted in a lot more waste and rubbish thrown on the shores and in the sea. The campaign, which will first be targeted at boat owners and fishermen, seeks to explain to them the consequences of throwing waste and debris in the sea or on the beach. ...  >>MORE

UAE is committed to international environment agreements, declarations: Hamdan

Posted on 04/02/2008

UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has stressed on the UAE's commitment towards the implementation of international environmental agreements and declarations including the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that in spite of the UAE's huge investments in the oil and gas sector, environmental protection has been a top priority. Sheikh Hamdan highlighted the major threats ...  >>MORE

National Environment Day on Feb. 04

Posted on 03/02/2008

Dr Salem Masri Al Dhahiri, Director General of the Federal Environment Authority (FEA) made Thursday an official announcement of the 11th environment day, which will be held on Feb. 04, under the theme: "climate is changing, let's be ready." At a press conference held at FEA headquarters, Al Dhahiri briefed the media on "the climate change, which has caught the world attention in recent years," adding that "some people consider it as a threat to the international security and peace". He added ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi gets air quality monitors

Posted on 28/01/2008

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi has installed 10 monitoring stations, two in Al Ain, to monitor air pollution in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The station will help develop an emission database and mathematical modelling of the spread of air pollutants for intelligent town planning, industrial safeguards and remedial strategies, a senior official of the agency told Gulf News. The monitors have built in capacity of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) staff to carry out day-to-day ...  >>MORE

Hamdan honours environment-conscious citizens

Posted on 10/01/2008

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday honoured a group of nationals who had contributed to the arrest of infringers on a natural sanctuary in Al Ain. The honoured citizens have exhibited a high sense of environment consciousness and social responsibility which led to the arrest of suspects who had infringed on a wildlife sanctuary in Al Ain. Having spotted some individuals practicing hunting inside the sanctuary, the citizens chased them all the way from Al Ain to ...  >>MORE

Through a student's camera lens, our unique and fragile environment

Posted on 03/01/2008

The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Zayed University are teaming up to provide the community a unique photographic opportunity to gain insight into the UAE's environment - through the eyes of the UAE's youth. Under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of EAD, a collection of 38 photos based on the theme Environment and Development: Integration Not Collision will be exhibited at Zayed University's Abu Dhabi Campus from January 6-9. The ...  >>MORE

Green group inks pact with agency to draw 'noise map'

Posted on 17/12/2007

In a bid to reduce harmful air emissions and ensure better air quality, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi signed an agreement with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research to manage the air quality monitoring systems in Abu Dhabi. According to the agreement, the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) will manage, operate and maintain the air and noise quality monitoring network of the city, currently managed by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), for the period 2008 to 2012. The ...  >>MORE

Tougher codes planned to protect UAE environment

Posted on 25/11/2007

The UAE is actively seeking to upgrade its environmental protection codes at the federal level in line with the global agenda to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a top UAE official. According to United Nations statistics, the UAE ranks 43rd on the list of global polluters, arguably due to the numerous construction projects underway in Dubai. This is an image the capital is aggressively aiming to change. In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Minister of Environment and Water ...  >>MORE

UAE and Austria sign MoU for cooperation in the field of environment

Posted on 19/11/2007

United Arab Emirates and Federal Republic of Austria signed here today a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in the field of diverse environment. The MoU was signet on the sidelines of a round-table conference being held at Emirates Palace Hotel for the preservation of environment. Minister of Environment and Water Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi and Austrian Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, and Environment Josef Proll signed the MoU representing UAE and Austria respectively. Director ...  >>MORE

The national water strategy will be formulated soon: Al Kindi

Posted on 07/11/2007

The country's national water strategy will be formulated next year in implementation of the comprehensive strategy of the Ministry of Environment and Water for the period 2008-2010, said Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water. He added that the prudent leadership of the country embodied in its President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of emirates have shown great understanding for preserving the scarce ...  >>MORE

Two areas chosen for soil survey in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 05/11/2007

The Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have organized a workshop to gauge expert opinions on the future plans of the Soil Survey of Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Present at the workshop were Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of EAD; Dr. Shawqi Al Barghouthi, General Manager of ICBA as well as a number of representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Water, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain municipalities, UAE University and ADNOC. ...  >>MORE

GEO-4 report to be launched today in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/10/2007

The Global Environment Outlook Report GEO-4 will be launched today, Thursday at the premises of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD). The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Outlook (GEO) selected Abu Dhabi as the venue for the launch among 27 other countries across the world. The ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi selected by UNEP for launching GEO-4 report

Posted on 18/10/2007

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Outlook (GEO) have selected Abu Dhabi to launch the GEO-4 report. Abu Dhabi was selected from among 27 countries across the world becoming the first country in the region to earn this honour. The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) in collaboration with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water and in coordination with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and (GEO) will launch the GEO-4 Report on October 25, 2007 at ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi - Pledge for environment

Posted on 16/10/2007

The UAE has reiterated its commitment to protecting the environment on International Ozone Day, calling on all countries to strengthen their commitment to saving the planet. Speaking ahead of today's celebrations, Dr Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, minister of environment and water, said ecological change is a real problem posing a threat to "bio existence” on the planet and that the UAE is dedicated to the protection of the environment, abiding by international conventions. Today is the 20th ...  >>MORE

EAD launches Environmental Competition on Climate Change

Posted on 16/10/2007

To commemorate this year's Arab Environment Day, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is launching its Environment Competition for school children in the Abu Dhabi Emirate. This is the seventh year the Competition is being launched. It is sponsored by Shell Abu Dhabi and organized in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Educational Zone. This year's competition shares the same theme of World Environment Day which is: Climate Change: A Hot Topic. This theme will help ...  >>MORE

Mobile phone recycling initiative collects 100,000 phones at Eid al Fitr

Posted on 16/10/2007

The UAE public has stepped up and answered a call from EnviroFone by recycling 100,000 old or broken mobile phones in time for Eid al Fitr. The enormous collection of mobile handsets have been deposited in drop boxes across the Emirates but the target to receive 250,000 recycled phones by the end of the year is still to be achieved. EnviroFone launched the campaign to protect the environment from contaminated and harmful toxins found in mobile phones and accessories in mid-June, under the ...  >>MORE

UAE to launch ecological footprint initiative

Posted on 10/10/2007

Minister of Environment and Water, Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, yesterday hosted an "Iftar" for senior media persons in the country to brief them about the impending launch of a new initiative to measure and understand the ecological footprint of the country and to solicit support of the media for the national project. "The concept of the ecological footprint involves the study of a number of elements including the rate at which the natural resources of a country are being consumed," said Al ...  >>MORE

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Conservation grants raised to US$100,000


US centre studies climate change impact on UAE


Hamdan bin Zayed chairs EAD's board meeting


Fujairah company marketing eco-friendly plastic bags


UAE sets up environment awareness wing


Drive gains momentum to curtail use of plastic bags


Environment Agency Abu- Dhabi launches the Arab world’s First Public Sector Sustainability Report


Environmental strategy for Abu Dhabi unveiled


One million tree campaign gets a boost from Jumeirah Rotary Club


Dewa to observe Earth Day today


UAE seeks balance between sustainable development and environment


UAE lives in the shade of pristine environmental boom


Energy use fell by 100,000 kWh during "Earth Hour" in Dubai


DEWA marks Earth Hour


DMCC and Nakheel to work together on emissions reduction projects


Support grows for Earth Hour in Dubai


Decision to end subsidy for plastic bags gets support


UAE takes part in unique global virtual debate on climate change


Dubai first Arab City to Join Earth Hour


Anhydrite-rich soil discovered in Abu Dhabi coastal area


Ministry of environment to develop new system for quarries management


Unified environment system launched


Conservation of water resources is an integral part of the federal strategy: Al Kindi


UAE strives to maintain healthy, clean sustainable environment: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed


EAD launches campaign to weed out marine debris


UAE is committed to international environment agreements, declarations: Hamdan


National Environment Day on Feb. 04


Abu Dhabi gets air quality monitors


Hamdan honours environment-conscious citizens


Through a student's camera lens, our unique and fragile environment


Green group inks pact with agency to draw 'noise map'


Tougher codes planned to protect UAE environment


UAE and Austria sign MoU for cooperation in the field of environment


The national water strategy will be formulated soon: Al Kindi


Two areas chosen for soil survey in Abu Dhabi


GEO-4 report to be launched today in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi selected by UNEP for launching GEO-4 report


Abu Dhabi - Pledge for environment


EAD launches Environmental Competition on Climate Change


Mobile phone recycling initiative collects 100,000 phones at Eid al Fitr


UAE to launch ecological footprint initiative