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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - CONSERVATION

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage establishes state-of-the-art facilities for the protection of art and heritage

Posted on 02/02/2012

As part of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)'s mission to safeguard, manage, and enhance national heritage, ADACH has constructed a multipurpose art storage facilities on the ground floor of the National Archive Building in Abu Dhabi. The space, which covers 770 square meters, was established according to international standards, especially those approved by UNESCO. The state-of-the-art storage facilities accommodate a wide array of collections, such as paintings, ...  >>MORE

ADACH restores historic buildings in Dalma Island

Posted on 22/11/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is implementing a plan to maintain four historic stone buildings in the old town in Dalma Island. These buildings are Al-Merikhi House (or the House of Pearl Merchants), and the mosques of Al- Merikhi, Al-Dosari, and Al-Mohannadi. Dating back to 1930, the four buildings have coral stones and ornate mortar. They reflect the wealth of pearl merchants. Pearl trade was the main source of living in the Dalma in the nineteenth century and ...  >>MORE

EAD and TOTAL partnering for Dugong Conservation

Posted on 17/11/2011

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Total United Arab Emirates (Total UAE) yesterday marked the extension of sponsorship for EAD's Dugong Conservation Programme. Total is sponsoring the program since 1999. The event also simultaneously launched the book "Abu Dhabi: Nature Preserved" published by National Geographic. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said: "A significant proportion of the world's dugongs occur in the Arabian Gulf. About 40 percent of this ...  >>MORE

Six sites make preliminary list for world heritage bid

Posted on 24/10/2011

Historic parts of Dubai along the Creek, including Al Shindagha, old souks and Al Bastakia, will be included in the preliminary list that will be submitted to Unesco for recognition as world heritage sites, a senior official told Gulf News. Some other heritage sites including the Maliha archaeological site in Sharjah, Al Dour in Umm Al Qaiwain that goes back to the Hellenistic era, and a site with old barracks of the British army in Ras Al Khaimah also feature in the preliminary list, said ...  >>MORE

Hope grows for country's endangered ghaf trees

Posted on 06/10/2011

Hundreds of endangered ghaf trees are springing up in Umm Al Qaiwain thanks to donations from individuals and businesses keen to combat desertification in the country. A garden dedicated to the desert tree — revered for its longevity and capacity to survive in harsh environments — lies nestled close to the shore, flanked by mangroves. Next month once the hot weather subsides, seeds will be planted in rows in tiny biodegradable pots and fertilised with homemade compost until they are big ...  >>MORE

Capital to protect iconic post-oil era buildings

Posted on 08/08/2011

A special initiative for the protection of modern buildings in the emirate has just been launched by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH). The new project is aimed at understanding the architectural heritage in Abu Dhabi in the post-oil era, evaluating its importance and developing strategies for protecting it. Among the iconic modern buildings the ADACH plans to protect is Al Manhal Palace, Maqta Bridge (the first one to connect Abu Dhabi island with the mainland), ADNOC ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi urges developers to protect the mangrove tree

Posted on 03/08/2011

As part of its mandate to conserve and protect biodiversity, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is urging developers to remember their responsibility to protect the Mangrove tree. On the occasion of Mangrove Action Day, which the international community recently observed, EAD is promoting the importance of this unique tree species in reducing climate change, acting as a buffer against extreme weather events and as a nursery to the emirate's fish stocks. Mangroves are a natural habitat ...  >>MORE

800-year-old olive tree planted in Abu Dhabi development

Posted on 19/07/2011

Tree, originating from Lebanon's Mediterranean coast, has been planted at Rawdhat overlooking the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque An 800-year old olive tree has been planted in a residential and business project in Abu Dhabi, the developers said in a statement Monday . The olive tree, originating from Lebanon's Mediterranean coast, has been planted at Rawdhat, located beside the Old Airport Road, overlooking the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Reem Developers said. "We wanted the centrepiece to ...  >>MORE

ADACH organises pilot program for clay buildings

Posted on 13/06/2011

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) will establish a regional centre for clay buildings in Al Ain city in order to fill the Arab region's shortage for training programs of this important specialisation. The training centre will provide professional development to experts based in the UAE and the region in the areas of preserving existing clay buildings and constructing modern ones. The centre will also provide research capabilities to experiment and innovate clay ...  >>MORE

The rejuvenation of Jimi Oasis' walls

Posted on 09/05/2011

Each morning for the past month a team of conservation experts has been hard at work in Al Ain's Jimi Oasis, preserving the legacy of the mud walls that - before buildings and air conditioning - provided shelter from the sandy winds and hot desert sun. A pilot project run by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (Adach) is looking for ways to effectively restore and stabilise the walls that protect the oasis, and others like it. Repairs to damaged sections of the walls began in ...  >>MORE

ADACH conserves Mohammed bin Bodowwah Al Darmaki's historical house in Al Ain

Posted on 07/02/2011

Although less densely grown than other oases of Al Ain, Al Qattarah Oasis has a larger number of historical mud-brick buildings dating mostly from the beginning of the twentieth century, but with earlier origins, including mosques, forts, and houses. Nestled in a date grove in the south west of Al Qattarah Oasis, Mohammed bin Bodowwah Al Darmaki House is a significant building in the oasis. It is bordered to the south by the old Qattarah Souk, the palm grove of Saleh bin Abdullah bin Saleh ...  >>MORE

Wadi Wurayah enters Ramsar list

Posted on 31/01/2011

Wadi Wurayah in Fujairah has been named the second protected area in the UAE under the Ramsar Convention for wetlands. It is the second site in the UAE after Ras Al Khor in Dubai to enter the Ramsar list and is home to more than 300 species of flora. The Ramsar Convention is the first international treaty to conserve and promote the wise use of natural resources. The treaty was created in 1971 in the Iranian city, Ramsar, and under the convention the definition of "wetlands" refers not just ...  >>MORE

ADACH completes phase1 of urgent building restoration program

Posted on 01/11/2010

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced the completion of the first phase of its urgent building restoration program. The program aims to preserve the architectural heritage of the Emirate. The program saw the restoration of a large number of historic buildings which were originally built with mud or stone. These can be principally found in Al Ain City and have required extensive restoration to protect them from the inevitable damage and collapse that has resulted ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi has undertaken bold steps to conserve water and energy, EAD

Posted on 21/10/2010

"Based on traditions of a harmonious respect for nature, Abu Dhabi has undertaken bold steps to conserve water and energy, support the development of renewable energy, breed and reintroduce endangered wildlife programmes and support species conservation projects around the world," said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Assistant Secretary General, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). She was addressing at the 2010 Wildscreen Festival held recently in Bristol, UK and attended by around 800 people - ...  >>MORE

Preserving nature in Sharjah is not an effort in waste

Posted on 05/09/2010

It was only an hour after sunrise, and the neighbourhood and roads surrounding the Wasit Nature Reserve were quiet. Inside, however, was a different story. There it was breakfast time, a hub of activity as birds went about finding food using their own individual methods. At one end great egrets plunged their long necks into the brownish pond water, re-emerging just as quickly, their beaks full. Grey herons stood motionless at the water's edge, waiting for an opportunity. Wading birds, such ...  >>MORE

EAD's winning Paper-Less Day Initiative goes Global

Posted on 06/07/2010

Today, more than fifty organisations gathered to show their support for Paper-Less Day, an initiative that was launched by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in 2008. The organisations had participated in Paper-Less Day 2010 and signed a charter calling for this day to become a fixed staple on the global environmental calendar. The charter was presented to UNEP, which endorsed the UAE-wide initiative. Paper-Less Day was designed by EAD to encourage organisations to reduce their paper ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi on water-saving drive

Posted on 21/05/2010

The monthly water bills for Abu Dhabi households about to drop by an average of Dh100, senior environment officials said yesterday. Residents would benefit from the saving once the government completed an ambitious "Watersavers" campaign to install water saving devices — free of charge — in every tap in every household in the emirate. The water-saving devices, each costing Dh7, are estimated to help save 75 billion litres of water annually once all of the capitals' 220,000 households have ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi plants 250,000 saplings to save mangroves

Posted on 10/04/2010

The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi has planted 250,000 saplings in an attempt to offset the threat posed to kilometres of lush mangroves by development along the capital's coast. "You cannot stop development, but you can do it so that development is sustainable,” said Dr Thabit Zahran al Abdessalaam, the agency's director of biodiversity sector. "It is not that we have not made mistakes. We have, but we are trying to correct them,” he said. "Each and every project has to go through a process ...  >>MORE

Coastline protected from development

Posted on 10/12/2009

Swathes of coastal land are to be protected from development under guidelines published yesterday in Abu Dhabi to balance land use in the emirate. The Coastal Development Guidelines, drawn up by the Urban Planning Council and the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, cover the four coastal basins that extend from Al Dhabiya Island, just west of the capital, to the boundary with Dubai, where development pressures on coastal land are high. Four zones have been designated with particular rules: ...  >>MORE

ADACH saves old houses in Al Ain

Posted on 16/11/2009

As a continuation of the emergency conservation program for the historic buildings in Al Ain, the conservation department at Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) has installed recently a temporary wooden frame supports around Abdullah Bin Salem house, in Qattarah Oasis. Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Director General of ADACH said "preserving historical buildings in Al Ain is as part of the authority's duty to preserve the heritage in the emirate of Abu Dhabi; Al Jahili fort ...  >>MORE

Dewa facilitates efficient water, energy use forum

Posted on 19/08/2009

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) Tuesday announced it teamed up with Emirates Group, to organise a four-day workshop offering detailed information on various energy conservation techniques. Held at the Emirates Group headquarters, the sessions offered valuable tips and recommendations on conserving natural resources and balancing electrical load during peak hours to help optimise energy savings. The participants, including employees and visitors to the Emirates Group ...  >>MORE

New campaign to protect endangered species

Posted on 15/07/2009

Dubai Municipality (DM), in cooperation with the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is launching a campaign called "Think twice before buying souvenirs made from animals facing extinction,” in order to preserve the endangered species. After the success of the first campaign launched during last year's Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF), the municipality has organised a series of diverse events. This year's campaign will kick start tonight at Festival Centre in Dubai Festival City. The ...  >>MORE

Wadi Wurayah becomes UAE’s first mountain protected area

Posted on 28/04/2009

Wadi Wurayah Fujairah has officially been declared the UAE's first protected mountain area by His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujairah. The decree No 2 of 2009 comes after the completion of a successful three year project launched in 2006 by Emirates Wildlife Society in association with - WWF (EWS-WWF) and Fujairah Municipality with the support of HSBC Bank Middle East ltd, to assess the importance of Wadi Wurayah for nature ...  >>MORE

Contest to promote Al Gharbia

Posted on 28/04/2009

A photography competition dedicated to capturing the landscape and life of Al Gharbia ahead of the area's proposed urban development is open to UAE residents, regardless of photographic expertise. The launch of the competition by the Western Regional Development Council (WRDC) in association with The National coincides with the first Al Gharbia Watersports Festival, which takes place from May 1 to May 9. "It's an excellent initiative that aims to encourage the youth in Al Gharbia and the UAE ...  >>MORE

Marine sanctuary to be expanded

Posted on 26/03/2009

A marine sanctuary that is home to several endangered species is to become six times its current size, a government official has revealed. The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi plans to increase Al Yasat Marine Protected Area from 482 square kilometres to about 3,000 by bringing a fifth island within its boundaries, said Dr Thabit Zahran al Abdessalaam, the director of marine biodiversity management. The four islands that currently make up the sanctuary – Upper Yasat, Lower Yasat, Esam and Karsha ...  >>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, 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

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

Dubai desert reserve gets protection

Posted on 09/11/2008

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) has been accepted as an official member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's leading environmental organisation. The achievement marks the DDCR as the first wildlife and conservation area in the UAE to be formally declared by IUCN as a Protected Area, one of the few in the GCC. The DDCR now joins some of the world's greatest conservation areas including Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks in the US, the Great ...  >>MORE

New Fund for species conservation fund announced at (WCC)

Posted on 10/10/2008

Barcelona - A new fund that places species conservation at the forefront of the environmental debate was announced on the sidelines of the World Conservation Congress (WCC) yesterday. The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund is a 25 million euro endowment fund established by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who hopes to make a genuine contribution to species conservation worldwide when the Fund's operations commence in January 2009. ...  >>MORE

World Houbara Conservation Fund takes part at International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition

Posted on 10/10/2008

World Houbara Conservation Fund is showcasing its efforts in preserving falconry heritage during participation at the International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition-Abu Dhabi 2008. The fund plans to support all the initiatives aiming at doubling numbers of houbara in the wild in future, including the reproduction efforts in captivity being exerted by the National Avian Research Centre in Suwaihan, as well as other similar centres in Morocco, North Africa and Asia. The fund reiterated in a ...  >>MORE

Mangrove trees to replenish Sa’adiyat ecology

Posted on 22/06/2008

Nearly 300,000 mangrove saplings will be grown on Sa'adiyat Island to replace plants that have been displaced by development. The island, which will be home to the Louvre and Guggenheim museums and will become the capital's cultural centre, is known for its rich and sensitive mangroves. As part of the efforts to make the island environmentally sustainable, the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) is running a propagation nursery to grow 280,000 new plants and plans to build a ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler declares Al Ghil as a protected area

Posted on 09/06/2008

HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah issued orders yesterday, declaring the Kalba area of Al Ghil as a protected area. According to Emiri orders, all survey works, whether for residential, economic and commercial activities have been banned. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary listed as protected wetland

Posted on 23/01/2008

The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary in Dubai has been listed as the only protected wetland in the UAE that falls under the Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971, which was ratified officially by the UAE government last year. Announcing this, Hamdan Al Shaer, director of environment department at Dubai Municipality, said officials from the department had attended recently the Asian Regional Preparatory Meeting of the Convention on Wetlands in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was ...  >>MORE

UNESCO lists UAE's Marawah conservatory

Posted on 02/11/2007

UNESCO has listed Marawah, UAE's marine conservatory, among its bio ocean conservatories on the blue planet. UNESCO's decision comes in acknowledgement of UAE's achievements in protection of environment and its bio-diversity, said Secretary General of Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAA) Dr. Majid Al Mansouri at a press conference Shangri-La Abu Dhabi. Listing Marawah is yet another evidence of the commitment of the UAE and its leadership to sustainable development and preservation of natural ...  >>MORE

Online campaign results in planting of ghaf trees

Posted on 02/11/2007

Fifty ghaf trees were planted in the Sweihan desert on Thursday after an online campaign encouraged environmentally-inclined residents to plant virtual seedlings - for every 10 planted on the internet a real tree was placed in the ground. In total more than 3,500 virtual trees were planted during the campaign launched by the Emirates Wildlife Association and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF). Ten clusters of five trees were planted around the National Avian Research Centre in Sweihan ...  >>MORE

EAD and EWS-WWF team up to deliver environmental awareness campaigns

Posted on 30/09/2007

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi - (EAD) and Emirates Wildlife Society in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS -WWF) have signed a three-year agreement to implement education and awareness campaigns in the UAE. In particular, the agreement proposes campaigns that revolve around three themes: Biodiversity, Water and the UAE's Ecological Footprint. Campaigns to be implemented will focus on the creation of more marine protected areas and the traditional use of the sea. Focus will ...  >>MORE

Joint campaign to raise ecological awareness

Posted on 28/09/2007

Minding ones own ecological footprint is not as easy as it sounds. Even those who may consider themselves to be concerned about the environment they live in would be taken aback if they turn to look at the ecological footprints they have left behind. Considering reports released last year about the UAE having the highest ecological footprints in the world, the authorities are gearing up to address the issue head on. In this regard, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Emirates ...  >>MORE

UAE-Algerian bid to conserve houbara bustard

Posted on 08/08/2007

The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Algerian counterpart for the breeding and conservation of houbara bustard. A high-level UAE delegation, led by Minister of Economy Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, is currently in Algeria. The five-year agreement was signed by EAD Secretary-General Majid Al Mansouri and Mohammed Seghir Mellouhi from the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Houbara is the traditional ...  >>MORE

Endangered tree to become national symbol

Posted on 25/02/2007

Residents have just six days left to vote for the ghaf tree to be a national symbol as part of the Save the Ghaf Tree Campaign. Almost 1,000 virtual ghaf trees have been planted online and the endangered tree has received 839 votes to make it the UAE's national tree. For every 10 virtual saplings planted, an actual tree will be planted in the desert. The campaign launched a few months ago in the UAE by the Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) aiming to make the ...  >>MORE

Old buildings in Dubai to be saved

Posted on 12/02/2007

Residents or property developers will not be able to demolish any historic building in Dubai once the Law on architectural conservation to protect such places is passed, a senior official said. "Once the Law is passed, which is expected in a couple of months, no one will be able to make any change to, or demolish any historic building in the country," said Rashad Al Bukhash, Director of the Projects Department at Dubai Municipality and Chairman of the UAE Architectural Society. Any ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage establishes state-of-the-art facilities for the protection of art and heritage


ADACH restores historic buildings in Dalma Island


EAD and TOTAL partnering for Dugong Conservation


Six sites make preliminary list for world heritage bid


Hope grows for country's endangered ghaf trees


Capital to protect iconic post-oil era buildings


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi urges developers to protect the mangrove tree


800-year-old olive tree planted in Abu Dhabi development


ADACH organises pilot program for clay buildings


The rejuvenation of Jimi Oasis' walls


ADACH conserves Mohammed bin Bodowwah Al Darmaki's historical house in Al Ain


Wadi Wurayah enters Ramsar list


ADACH completes phase1 of urgent building restoration program


Abu Dhabi has undertaken bold steps to conserve water and energy, EAD


Preserving nature in Sharjah is not an effort in waste


EAD's winning Paper-Less Day Initiative goes Global


Abu Dhabi on water-saving drive


Abu Dhabi plants 250,000 saplings to save mangroves


Coastline protected from development


ADACH saves old houses in Al Ain


Dewa facilitates efficient water, energy use forum


New campaign to protect endangered species


Wadi Wurayah becomes UAE’s first mountain protected area


Contest to promote Al Gharbia


Marine sanctuary to be expanded


Wadi Wurrayah becomes wildlife reserve


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


Ras Al Khor sanctuary gets protected status


Dubai desert reserve gets protection


New Fund for species conservation fund announced at (WCC)


World Houbara Conservation Fund takes part at International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition


Mangrove trees to replenish Sa’adiyat ecology


Sharjah Ruler declares Al Ghil as a protected area


Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary listed as protected wetland


UNESCO lists UAE's Marawah conservatory


Online campaign results in planting of ghaf trees


EAD and EWS-WWF team up to deliver environmental awareness campaigns


Joint campaign to raise ecological awareness


UAE-Algerian bid to conserve houbara bustard


Endangered tree to become national symbol


Old buildings in Dubai to be saved