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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

ERWDA launches first issue of Al Dhabi

Posted on 29/06/2005

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has launched the first issue of Al Dhabi. Featuring informative articles surrounding the chosen theme of Air Quality, environmental news from around the world, and updates on the latest hot topics in the field of environment, Al Dhabi provides readers with a new and unique source of environmental news. In his foreword, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy ...  >>MORE

Mansour bin Zayed launches project for re-cycling of paper garbage

Posted on 10/06/2005

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Presidential Affaires has launched today the project for Sorting and Re-cycling Paper Garbage which is being supervised over by the Social Cultural Centre of the Women's General Union in collaboration with the Friends of the Environment Society at the Armed Forces Officers Club, under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The project aims at ...  >>MORE

GCC countries to set up centre to tackle environmental crises

Posted on 27/05/2005

Members of the GCC countries yesterday decided to set up a regional environment disaster and crises centre. The decision was made at the concluding session of 9th meeting here yesterday of GCC ministers in charge of environmental affairs. Later, General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received delegates who took part in the meeting. Sheikh Mohammad was briefed on the outcome of the meeting and decisions it took, ...  >>MORE

Tonnes of empty cans pour in as campaign raises eco-awareness

Posted on 27/05/2005

The Emirates Environmental Group has announced plans to hold a popular recycling drive twice a year, instead of only once, following the success of this year's event. Habiba Al Marashi, group chairman, said the Can Collection Drive, which took place yesterday, had received such huge support that they were looking at holding it halfway through the campaign year, as well as at the end. She said: "We listen to what our supporters say. "At this year's event we heard lots of people say that they ...  >>MORE

Stage set for landmark Abu Dhabi soil survey

Posted on 17/05/2005

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) have agreed to jointly manage and carry out a comprehensive soil survey of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The project was recently approved by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and will be tendered in the near future. It is expected to attract bids from many international contractors with expertise in soil surveys. In a Press conference held at ERWDA yesterday, Majid Al ...  >>MORE

Maktoum awarded Environment and Peace Prize

Posted on 16/05/2005

H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has been awarded the Environment and Peace Prize by the Germany-based Arab-European Cooperation Centre. Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance and Industry, received the prize here Sunday at the Dubai Ruler's Court during a short ceremony attended by a number of dignitaries, including ministers, heads of economic and cultural departments and institutions in ...  >>MORE

UAE bags International Energy Globe Award in Japan

Posted on 04/05/2005

The UAE received the International Energy Globe Award 2004 for its environmental education and awareness programmes organized by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). In a ceremony attended by more than 4000 people, held alongside the World EXPO 2005 in Aichi Japan, Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of ERWDA, accepted the award on behalf of the UAE. The UAE had bagged the first prize in the youth category and had been short listed from more than 600 high ...  >>MORE

Injazat signs up ERWDA as first client

Posted on 18/04/2005

Injazat Data Systems, the newly formed IT services joint venture between Mubadala Development and the US Electronic Data Systems (EDS), has signed a 10-year services agreement with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The agreement with ERWDA, signed last week, is the first in Injazat's targeted portfolio of prominent clientele. Under the agreement, Injazat will provide ERWDA with a fully integrated IT managed service, comprising HelpDesk, Desktop and Server ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host desert fest

Posted on 16/04/2005

The focus on deserts is strong, with a festival of world deserts being held in Dubai and the United Nations dubbing 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. Challenges of sustainable development in desert regions have become the agenda in past years, with increased urbanisation of desert areas. The forthcoming second Festival of the Cultures and Civilisations of World Deserts, starting tomorrow, aims to come up with a Dubai Charter for Sustainable Development in Desert ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to carry out soil survey

Posted on 11/04/2005

To better understand the role and importance of soils in wise land-use planning and sustainable development, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is to carry out a reconnaissance soil survey for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which was recently approved by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. This comprehensive soil survey aims to provide an orderly, on-the-ground, scientific inventory of soil resources. It will also help in developing a soil database using Geographic ...  >>MORE

Lakes in the desert

Posted on 13/03/2005

Recent rainfall has brought back to the deep deserts of Abu Dhabi a sight that was common thousands of years ago, but is now extremely rare — that of large lakes in the middle of the sand dunes on the edge of the empty quarter. A team of archaeologists from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS) and Germany's University of Tubingen visiting the Umm Az-Zamul area, south of Al Ain, yesterday was amazed to find a large and shallow freshwater lake covering much of a limestone plain ...  >>MORE

Nation adopts a focused policy to eco-protection

Posted on 13/03/2005

The UAE has succeeded in adopting a focused approach to environmental protection and wildlife management, and in the process, develop protected areas and ensure that resources are used in a sustainable and justifiable way, an environment official has said. "The UAE has come a long way in its conservation programmes through its various organisations including the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). Moreover, in recent years, efforts have increased in the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launch of Enviro-Spellathon kicks off

Posted on 03/03/2005

The Enviro-Spellathon Programme was launched yesterday in Abu Dhabi Emirate. This is an environmental education programme that has gone beyond the Emirate and effectively brought environmental awareness, on the local environment, into the classroom of thousands of school children around the UAE. Since its beginnings in 2001/2002, 45,000 students have come into the programme from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi alone, further encouraging the rest of the emirates to join. Over the past two years, the ...  >>MORE

UN-aided website to help tap pulse of global environment

Posted on 02/03/2005

The UAE will soon have an environmental data portal to help scientists share information in real-time to make quick decisions. The project, called Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), was recently launched by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The United Nations Environment Programme is collaborating and the ERWDA has asked UAE University to develop the portal. The university's College of Information Technology was given the task of ...  >>MORE

Industrial pollution in the country is minimal

Posted on 28/02/2005

The impact of industrialisation was discussed yesterday during the Emirates Environment Group's first meeting of the year. Industrial sites can never be totally pollution-free, but measures are applied by the municipality for companies to minimise the impact on the environment, said Raed Al Marzouqi of Dubai Municipality. "When a new site is being set up for development, we have a very strict set of standards we make applicable to developers, which assesses details and sources of emissions, ...  >>MORE

UAE to reach million-mark milestone in vehicles this year

Posted on 17/02/2005

The number of vehicles registered in the UAE may reach a million by year's end, a study on sustainable transportation found. The number of registered vehicles increased from 442,000 in 1994 to an estimated 900,000 in 2004, the study said. The study is titled Procedures for Sustainable Transportation in UAE. It was prepared by Dr Sa'ad Al Numairi, an environmental adviser at the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA). The study was presented by Dr Al Numairi at a one-day conference held during ...  >>MORE

ERWDA annual report cites substantial progress in many fields

Posted on 08/02/2005

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) s, recently released its annual report detailing the success and substantial progress of ERWDA throughout 2004. In his foreword for the Annual Report, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of ERWDA, said that the past year was one that will remain etched in the memory of the whole nation, with the loss of the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. He added that since its establishment in 1996, ERWDA ...  >>MORE

UAE has placed environment as top of its priorities: says Jassim Darwish

Posted on 06/02/2005

Jassim Mohammed bin Darwish, Secretary General Of UAE Municipalities said that the UAE has placed the environment as top of its priorities, enacted appropriate legislations and laws to protect it and used latest technologies and huge financial resources to serve environmental projects. In a press release on the occasion of the UAE National Environmental Day, which was launched here today under the theme "Towards Sustainable and less Pollutant Transportation Means,” Darwish added that ...  >>MORE

Sustainable development 'is focus of UAE policy'

Posted on 05/02/2005

Safeguarding the environment is a national duty, said President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the occasion of the 8th National Environment Day. He said the UAE had raised its previous ranking in the recently-issued 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index. This was achieved primarily through improved access to information, he said, adding that standards are expected to rise further as the country continues to exchange knowledge and expertise as time goes on. Sheikh ...  >>MORE

ENVIRONMENT 2005 plays a great role in enhancing co-operation and technology

Posted on 03/02/2005

The US Ambassador to the UAE, Michele Sison said yesterday that specialised exhibitions are a vital tool in enhancing cooperation and technology transfer between the US and other countries in the region. Her remarks were made during her visit to the US pavilion at ENVIRONMENT 2005, the 3rd International Exhibition & Conference on the environment which concluded yesterday. Ambassador Sison, toured the exhibition hall at ENVIRONMENT 2005 accompanied by Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, Director ...  >>MORE

UAE will launch more environment initiatives: Madfa

Posted on 03/02/2005

The UAE, which is a leading player in environment protection programmes, will launch more initiatives in the coming period to keep pace with requirements in the face of rapid development, Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa said yesterday. Al Madfa, also Chairman of the Federal Environment Agency, told WAM following the Ministerial meeting held here on the final day of the Environment 2005 exhibition and conference that the UAE has launched many programmes in the field of ...  >>MORE

Federal environmental database is needed: FEA chief

Posted on 10/01/2005

An affective federal database is desperately needed to present to the world the dramatic progress and record achievements made by the UAE on the environmental fields, according to a senior environmental expert. 'The UAE has made impressive achievements on the environment sector but unfortunately, the authorities concerned have failed to deliver data and information that reflect that progress at international levels,' said Dr Salim Al Dhahiri, Director General of the Federal Environment Agency ...  >>MORE

Students plan world's biggest poster for UAE ecology

Posted on 09/01/2005

Environmentally conscious students are preparing to make the world's biggest poster to raise public awareness about the UAE's ecology. Through a number of nature clubs set up in 11 universities around the country, students are taking a stand to promote environmental protection, through the Nature Network. Sponsored by Emirates Bank, the Nature Network has already attracted more than 40 students from several universities in Dubai and Sharjah, who are eager to get involved with conservation ...  >>MORE

UAE environmental project gets US$8,000 Ford grant

Posted on 22/12/2004

In their fifth consecutive year, the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants have awarded Ras Al Khaimah based Natural Resources Research Centre US$8,000 to continue their efforts in spreading environmental awareness amongst children in the UAE, according to a report by AME Info. Identifying the importance in educating the next generation, the Natural Resources Research Centre has dedicated efforts and funds in raising awareness among children on the wildlife, bio-marine ...  >>MORE

UAE wins the 'Oscar' for its efforts in Environmental Awareness

Posted on 14/12/2004

The UAE represented by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in Abu Dhabi has won the first prize in the Youth category of the International Energy Globe Award 2004, one of the world's prestigious environmental awards. Sometimes recognized as the 'Oscars' of the environment, due to the high profile glamorous gala it features, the UAE's entry was short listed from more than 600 high quality environmental projects participating in this year's competition. On being ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Ruler sets up environmental panel

Posted on 11/12/2004

His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah, has ordered the setting up of an environmental protection committee to assess the environmental situation in the emirate, particularly, the Tawiyeen mountainous area, "Khaleej Times” reported yesterday. The committee is to submit as quickly as possible a detailed report to the Ruler's office about the environment situation in that area to enable the local government to take the appropriate ...  >>MORE

Emarat set to install Reverse Vending Machines

Posted on 16/11/2004

Emarat has announced that it will install 30 special recycling units, known as Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs), at 16 selected petrol stations in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. The advanced machines reward customers with redemptions for goods at Emarat's convenience stores whenever they dispose of plastic, glass, and aluminium cans. All 30 machines are expected to be fully operational by the end of November. Rashid Al Shamsi, general manager, Emarat, said: "The level of per capita waste ...  >>MORE

ERWDA and SHELL Abu Dhabi join hands

Posted on 02/11/2004

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and Shell Abu Dhabi have teamed up in an attempt to achieve the common goal of a more environmentally educated and aware public in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. One of the world's largest oil companies is delivering more than just glossy adverts, when it comes to the environment and will be sponsoring ERWDA's Comprehensive Environmental Education and Awareness Programmes (CEEAP) for three years. The agreement was signed by ...  >>MORE

EHC, Sharjah wildlife authority ink MoU

Posted on 26/10/2004

A memorandum of understanding was signed yesterday between the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority and the Emirates Heritage Club. The MoU, inked by Abdul Aziz Al Midfa, Director-General of the Authority and EHC Chairman Mohammed Saeed Al Rumathi, called for initiating joint cooperation in preparing the second phase of the UAE marine atlas and the first phase for the wildlife atlas. According to the agreement, the two sides will jointly conduct and implement studies on ...  >>MORE

A cleaner and greener Dubai

Posted on 25/10/2004

Dubai Municipality and Lightform Filipino Photographers Guild, LFPG, the first and biggest photography club in the UAE, are organising the third Environmental Awareness Photo Competition and Exhibition. This annual photography exhibition started in 2002 provides amateur photographers in the UAE the chance to support and participate in the clean up campaign of Dubai Municipality for a cleaner and greener Dubai, which will be held from December 14 to 17. This year's photo competition with ...  >>MORE

Tons of dead fish spark Creek shore clean-up

Posted on 13/10/2004

Tons of dead fish have washed ashore along the Dubai Creek and Al Mamzar Lagoon. For days, workers have been cleaning up the dead fish floating in the creek in Al Jaddaf and Al Mamzar. An executive with a marine engineering company based in Al Jaddaf said he is puzzled by the incident in which thousands of dead fish also have been found floating in the creek. "It's been happening every day for the past few days. It looks like there's a specific type of fish that ended up dead. And each day, ...  >>MORE

UAE’s natural habitats face serious threat

Posted on 11/10/2004

The UAE's natural habitats are being seriously threatened by various factors and there is an imperative need to conserve them, warned a recent study conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The emirates has the world's largest ecological footprint meaning that the demands made by the local community on the resources available and the amount of waste generated by the average consumer is far higher than any other country in the world. This, according to Dr Frederick Launay, Director, ...  >>MORE

Air quality in Dubai 'excellent'

Posted on 18/09/2004

Air quality in Dubai was classified as "excellent" in July, with 25 days of clean air registered. The Environment Protection and Safety Section (EPS) of the municipality detected one day of slight pollution, one day of serious pollution and four days of dense dust due to storms. Emissions from static sources included 281 tonnes of suspended particles, 4,598 tonnes of sulphur dioxide, 16,739 tonnes of nitrogen dioxide, 1,744 tonnes of carbon monoxide, 965 tonnes of organic suspended material ...  >>MORE

UAE strikes a balance between economic growth and clean environment

Posted on 06/08/2004

As part of its sustained efforts to strike a balance between economic growth and healthy environment, the UAE embarked on massive environmental programmes during the year 2003. These programmes were conceived in line with the vision of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who has always stressed the need for a sustainable development that would take into account the right of the future generations to inherit a clean environment. It was in view of this vision that the ...  >>MORE

Cannes Conference confers environment award on Sheikh Khalifa

Posted on 03/07/2004

The Cannes International Conference on Environment and Water has conferred the Cannes Greater Prize for Environment and Water on H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The award came in appreciation of the role Sheikh Khalifa, who is also Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), plays in the conservation of environment and water. The jury elected the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince ...  >>MORE

All projects in Abu Dhabi to be eco-friendly

Posted on 22/06/2004

Increasingly concerned over damage to the environment caused by large-scale development projects, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERDWA) has started taking measures to ensure that all existing projects in the emirate are environment-friendly. According to agency officials, a systematic approach has been developed to bring existing industrial projects and facilities in the Abu Dhabi emirate into compliance with the applicable environmental laws and regulations. ...  >>MORE

‘Marine Carnival’ at the Dubai Creek

Posted on 07/06/2004

Dubai Municipality organised a ‘marine carnival' at the Dubai Creek on Saturday in a bid to raise environmental awareness among the public. As many as 19 boats participated in the carnival, which started from the Dhow Wharfage near Al Maktoum bridge to the mouth of the creek and back. Several government departments and cruise operators participated in the carnival. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Municipality drafts new guidelines to combat industrial pollution

Posted on 05/06/2004

Industries polluting the emirate will soon be choking as the noose around their necks tighten, according to the Environment Protection Section (EPS) at Sharjah Municipality. "We have prepared new guidelines to control industrial pollution caused by harmful chemicals and waste generated during industrial processes which mostly happens due to improper chemical storage and waste disposal," Gulf News of Dubai quoted Yahya Ramadan Al Balushi, EPS Head, as saying. He said everyone should follow safe ...  >>MORE

EEG calls for defining guidelines on "Green Buildings"

Posted on 02/06/2004

Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), the leading non-governmental organisation working in the field of environmental protection in the UAE, has long issued a call for defining Green Building parameters in the context of growing property development activities in the UAE. At its 5th General Meeting for 2004, last Monday (May 31), Green Architecture expert Mario Seneviratne, Director of Green Technologies Company and member of Programme Committee, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) - ...  >>MORE

ERWDA a success story in striking ecological balance

Posted on 31/05/2004

Ever since its formation in November 2000 in Abu Dhabi, the contribution of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) to the conservation of environment and endangered species is undeniable. ERWDA is a governmental agency whose overall function is to promote sustainable development and to protect and conserve the environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In addition, ERWDA aims to raise the level of environmental awareness and education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Tahnoun hails ERWDA efforts

Posted on 25/04/2004

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Under Secretary of the Court the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Region and Chairman of the Al Ain Economic Development and Tourism Authority commended the achievements made by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in conserving the houbara bustard. During his visit last week, to the National Avian Research Centre (NARC) at Sweihan accompanied by Mohamed Al Bowardi, ERWDA's Managing Director and Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's ...  >>MORE

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ERWDA launches first issue of Al Dhabi


Mansour bin Zayed launches project for re-cycling of paper garbage


GCC countries to set up centre to tackle environmental crises


Tonnes of empty cans pour in as campaign raises eco-awareness


Stage set for landmark Abu Dhabi soil survey


Maktoum awarded Environment and Peace Prize


UAE bags International Energy Globe Award in Japan


Injazat signs up ERWDA as first client


Dubai to host desert fest


ERWDA to carry out soil survey


Lakes in the desert


Nation adopts a focused policy to eco-protection


Abu Dhabi launch of Enviro-Spellathon kicks off


UN-aided website to help tap pulse of global environment


Industrial pollution in the country is minimal


UAE to reach million-mark milestone in vehicles this year


ERWDA annual report cites substantial progress in many fields


UAE has placed environment as top of its priorities: says Jassim Darwish


Sustainable development 'is focus of UAE policy'


ENVIRONMENT 2005 plays a great role in enhancing co-operation and technology


UAE will launch more environment initiatives: Madfa


Federal environmental database is needed: FEA chief


Students plan world's biggest poster for UAE ecology


UAE environmental project gets US$8,000 Ford grant


UAE wins the 'Oscar' for its efforts in Environmental Awareness


Fujairah Ruler sets up environmental panel


Emarat set to install Reverse Vending Machines


ERWDA and SHELL Abu Dhabi join hands


EHC, Sharjah wildlife authority ink MoU


A cleaner and greener Dubai


Tons of dead fish spark Creek shore clean-up


UAE’s natural habitats face serious threat


Air quality in Dubai 'excellent'


UAE strikes a balance between economic growth and clean environment


Cannes Conference confers environment award on Sheikh Khalifa


All projects in Abu Dhabi to be eco-friendly


‘Marine Carnival’ at the Dubai Creek


Sharjah Municipality drafts new guidelines to combat industrial pollution


EEG calls for defining guidelines on "Green Buildings"


ERWDA a success story in striking ecological balance


Sultan bin Tahnoun hails ERWDA efforts