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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

Abu Dhabi to host desertification meet

Posted on 04/06/2003

An international conference will be held in Abu Dhabi from Saturday to discuss desertification in Asia, the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) announced yesterday. The five-day meet, attended by delegates from 48 Asian countries, will be held at the Rotana Beach and Towers Abu Dhabi. The Second Asian Ministerial Conference on the United Nations Convention for Com-bating Desertification (UNCCD) Implementation, which is the sixth session of the conference of the signatory parties, will begin with ...  >>MORE

Pollution filter installed in Ajman asphalt plant

Posted on 03/06/2003

Following the installation of a new filter at the asphalt processing factory in Ajman's Al Musheiref area the stench of asphalt has been eliminated, said an official of the Ajman Free Zone Department yesterday. "As for the white smoke emanating from the asphalt-processing factory, this is no more harmful than water vapour," he said. Khalid Al Shaali, Director of Operations and Marketing at the free zone, was responding to complaints from a cross-section of residents of the area adjacent to ...  >>MORE

3.8 tonnes of cans collected

Posted on 31/05/2003

Whenever you dump an aluminium can in the garbage bin, remember this: you are throwing away the equivalent of half a can of gasoline. This was the message yesterday of green activists across the UAE who braved the searing heat to collect 3.8 tonnes of aluminium cans for recycling. The half-day event netted an equivalent of 286,050 cans, collected by students from 36 schools, 22 companies, as well as individual volunteers. At the end of the day, truckloads of aluminium cans in huge orange bins ...  >>MORE

Sharjah goes green with waste disposal

Posted on 26/05/2003

Sharjah Municipality has started work on a comprehensive environment station to treat waste, said a senior official yesterday. Yahya Ramadan Al Balushi, head of the Environment Protection Section of Sharjah Municipality, said: "The new location has an advanced waste management plant of sufficient installed capacity to treat all types of waste. Work is underway to install all equipment. We will introduce new techniques that will help reduce the environment risk in the emirate and produce a ...  >>MORE

UN official lauds UAE's environment achievements

Posted on 19/05/2003

A UN official praised yesterday the achievements made by the UAE in fighting desertification, expanding greenery and protecting environment and wildlife. These achievements, he said, had established the UAE as a leading environment protector at regional and international levels. Coordinator of Asia Department at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) R. Karim expressed the UN's support for the Abu Dhabi's hosting of the second Asian meeting of ...  >>MORE

Study detects high pollution in lagoon

Posted on 18/05/2003

Researchers have recommended the introduction of strict environmental regulations and stiff action against polluters to improve the plight of the picturesque - but seriously contaminated - Sharjah Khalid Lagoon. Water pollution in the lagoon seriously affects marine life and human health and can cause many diseases if immediate action is not taken, said the researchers at American University of Sharjah in their study to gauge the level of pollution in Khalid Lagoon and Al Qasba Canal - ...  >>MORE

New book on UAE achievements in the field of environment released

Posted on 14/05/2003

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) has released a new book, featuring the achievements of the UAE in the field of environmental protection, agriculture and desertification. Titled the +Green path+, the book also highlights the directives of H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, pertaining to environmental issues. The release of the book will coincide with the convening of the second Asian Ministerial meeting of the countries which are signatories to the UN convention on ...  >>MORE

Zayed's greenery drive big success: Sheikh Mansour

Posted on 14/05/2003

Tashkent, Uzbekistan - Sustained efforts exerted by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan over the last three decades in the area of agricultural development and expansion of green expanses across the country have resulted in astounding successes, said Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, director general of the President's Office. "To date, the UAE has 40 million palm trees and some 38,000 farms spread across an area of 270,000 hectares. This is in addition to 120 million ...  >>MORE

ERWDA releases comprehensive guide on UAE's wild flowers

Posted on 12/05/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has released a guide in English for the public or amateur botanist interested in knowing more about the wild flora of the UAE. The guide entitled "The Comprehensive Guide to the Wild Flowers of the United Arab Emirates" was written by Marijcke Jongbloed and is a product of the last 20 years of field recording, collecting and studying the wild flora of the UAE and neighbouring Oman. Illustrated with over 1,500 colour photographs, ...  >>MORE

A permanent space for recycling

Posted on 12/04/2003

The Environment Friends Society (EFS) will launch a five-year project in waste management involving several public and private schools in Abu Dhabi starting in September. The society, founded in 1991, aims to introduce a waste management drive in schools by providing them with a theoretical and practical recycling programme. The schools will be given containers to initiate the recycling project. It will be partially sponsored by the Sheikh Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Services and ...  >>MORE

ERWDA's Al Wathba Reserve CD-Rom wins International Award

Posted on 10/04/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), the "Competent Authority" for environment and wildlife issues in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, picked up the Silver IVCA award for the External Multimedia Product of the Year. The IVCA (International Visual Communication Association) award is very prestigious as there is no higher accolade for creativity, originality, production expertise and sheer effectiveness, according to a press release issued yesterday. The award-winning ...  >>MORE

Plan to recycle 200 tonnes of waste paper this year

Posted on 01/04/2003

Up to 200 tonnes of waste paper is the target for recycling in the UAE this year. This is thanks to efforts by group efforts that saw the installation of 56 recycling centres in schools and companies so far this year, up from 33 last year. The 2003 target is an improvement from the 168 tonnes collected in 2002 and 78 tonnes in 2001, said Habiba Al Marashi in her report to the Emirates Environment Group forum yesterday. During the first quarter of 2003, more than 48 tonnes of paper were ...  >>MORE

ERWDA wins GCC competition for 'Best Environmental Awareness'

Posted on 31/03/2003

Last October, ERWDA entered the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) competition 2002-2003 for 'Best Environmental Achievements' and won in the best environmental awareness category. The winning results were announced at the 13th meeting of members of the awards committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, ERWDA's Managing Director, said that for ERWDA, winning this award on the regional level is a reflection of the Agency's efforts and commitment to promote environment ...  >>MORE

Taking the sting out of toxic waste

Posted on 14/03/2003

The Dubai Government has been pursuing a policy of developing various economic sectors to assure a bright future for the emirate. Sustainable development, however, does not simply mean construction of roads, establishments or high-rise buildings, but it seeks to achieve welfare of the people and ensure good safety and security for them, as well as the safety of the environment in which they live. In fact, the real criteria for sustainable development is the quality of measures that protect ...  >>MORE

BP cuts emissions by 14pc in Sharjah operations

Posted on 14/03/2003

Energy major, BP, slashed greenhouse gas emissions at its Sharjah operations by 14 per cent in 2002. Globally, it has overall reduced such emissions by 10 per cent, eight years ahead of the schedule it set for itself shortly after the 1998 Kyoto accords. Cost savings totalling $600 million have also been effected globally, through improvements in efficiency, technology, and better energy management, the company said. In Sharjah, real sustainable reductions in the third and fourth quarters of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi embarks on huge soil survey

Posted on 01/03/2003

Abu Dhabi has embarked on a massive survey of its arid and fertile lands in the first large-scale geological soil exploration that stretches over a period of 50 years with the aim of identifying the use of each area, according to an official report. The Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) launched the project in September along a coastal strip near Silaa area at the border with Qatar. It plans to cover most of the emirate's 77,700 square kilometre area and its ...  >>MORE

UAE anti-desertification drives bear fruit in Africa

Posted on 26/02/2003

The UAE is pushing ahead a landmark initiative to finance a project involving planting large areas with date palm trees in five African countries under the anti-desertification programmes ordered by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Another significant offer by the President involves the allocation of a plot of land to be used in the cultivation of various plants by farmers from the Arab and Islamic countries. The two initiatives, a gift from the President to the ...  >>MORE

ERWDA issues environmental permits and monitors compliance

Posted on 16/02/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), being the environmental competent authority in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has begun issuing environmental permits in co-operation with the Planning Department, to existing and new projects, plants and facilities. This step forward taken by its Environmental Protection Division (EPD) comes in line with ERWDA's mission to preserve and protect the environment and its goal of achieving sustainable development. It also implements ...  >>MORE

Enviro-Spellathon launched

Posted on 10/02/2003

The Emirates Wildlife Society (EWS) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in cooperation with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and Dubai Municipality launched Enviro-Spellathon 2002-03 at a ceremony held at Dubai Municipality headquarters yesterday. Enviro-Spellathon is the most extensive environmental awareness programme ever conducted in the UAE. It targets over 125,000 primary school children (six to 12 years old) across the four emirates - Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

ERWDA issues its annual report

Posted on 05/02/2003

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) issued yesterday its Annual Report for the year 2002. The report reviewed the Agency's last year efforts which concentrated on the development of environmental regulations, fisheries management, water resources, wildlife management, increasing environmental awareness and education, and development of environmental database. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, ERWDA's Managing Director said in the report foreword the year 2002 witnessed ...  >>MORE

Al Midfa receives UN official

Posted on 26/01/2003

Minister of Health, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, received Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, UNCCD, who is currently on a visit to the UAE as part of his tour of the Gulf region. Al Midfa, who is also the Board Chairman of the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, reviewed with his guest the efforts of the UAE, a signatory to the Convention, in combating desertification, an effort which has won the country worldwide respect from ...  >>MORE

ERWDA launches five-year strategy and action plan

Posted on 31/12/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) yesterday launched a five-year strategy of environmental protection and conservation in Abu Dhabi emirate. Titled Environmental Strategy and Action Plans 2003-2007 for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the plan, compiled in a 159-page book, targets six goals to be achieved by the end of 2007, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. The book begins with the following message from President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al ...  >>MORE

Move to stamp out toxic gas

Posted on 27/12/2002

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and affiliated groups have embarked on a major plan to protect the ozone layer by halting the use of an anti-environment extinguishing gas in line with an international agreement. The plan involves phasing out the use of halon, a chemical fire extinguishing gas, of which large quantities are used to protect onshore and offshore oil installations. The plan was launched seven years ago and is expected to be completed five years ahead of schedule. ...  >>MORE

Decree to check environmental violations

Posted on 27/12/2002

The recently nominated environmental enforcement officers are empowered to deal with environmental crimes and violations or any other illegal environmental activities within their jurisdiction areas. 4 The ministerial decree appointing the officers under the Federal Environmental Law No 24 of 1999, issued by Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Auqaf Mohammed Nakhira Al Dhahiri, entitles the nominated officers to conduct environmental inspections to ensure compliance with the country's ...  >>MORE

UAE set to enforce anti-pollution law

Posted on 23/12/2002

The UAE is moving closer to approving a law to minimise air pollution by tightening rules regarding gas emissions, controlling waste disposal and bringing local establishments under strict official surveillance, according to the country's main environment body. Another law that will be enforced soon defines rules for animal reserves and stiffens punishment against violators of a ban on hunting or trading in endangered species. The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) approved both laws at its ...  >>MORE

UAE bans sale of anti-ozone sprays

Posted on 19/12/2002

The UAE has decided to ban the sale of medical products containing Chlorofluro Carbons (CFC), which affect the ozone layer, in line with an international environment agreement. The Ministry of Health has given dealers and producers one year to stop marketing sprays containing that material. In a statement, the ministry said the decision is in line with an agreement signed by 120 countries in Montreal to stop the use of CFCs. "The ministry will not accept registration of any medical product ...  >>MORE

UAE 'committed to protect nature'

Posted on 18/12/2002

The UAE is committed to continuing its efforts on environmental protection as it's an issue affecting all civilised nations, according to a senior UAE official. "The UAE really cares about environment and has made a lot of achievements in the past with the vision and guidance of judicious leadership," said Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Undersecretary of the Office of the Ruler's Representative in the Eastern Province. He was speaking at a seminar 'Environment Protection: ...  >>MORE

'UAE makes quantum leap in eco protection'

Posted on 12/12/2002

The UAE has made quantum leaps in quality development and environment protection over the years through promulgation of laws and regulations, including the Federal Environment Law concerning utilisation, protection and development of marine environment, said Minister of Health and President of Board of Directors of Federal Environment Agency Hamad Abdul Rehman Al Midfa. Midfa, who was speaking at the annual corporate gala dinner organised by Emirates Environmental Group in Dubai on Monday, ...  >>MORE

Waste management plan in final stages

Posted on 03/12/2002

Sharjah Municipality is working on a project for comprehensive management of solid waste. The project, which will help recycle and yield by-products from solid wastes, will be announced soon, according to the annual report released by the civic body on its achievements and projects. Currently, the municipality has agreements with private companies for recycling and managing solid wastes, with the firms assigned to collect paper, glass, aluminium and steel, and transfer them to private recycling ...  >>MORE

31st National Day Statement by Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 02/12/2002

The UAE Federation, under the wise leadership of the President HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, has made tremendous achievements in the field of environmental conservation. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), stressed the importance of coordination and cooperation between various ...  >>MORE

ERWDA support for UNESCO’s green projects

Posted on 11/11/2002

UNESCO's office in Doha will receive technical support from the Abu Dhabi-based Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), for making coastal resource assessments and oil spill sensitivity mapping, according to a communiqué that was issued by the UNESCO office in Doha on the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development. In the communiqué, Dr Ahmed Osman, Acting Director of the Doha UNESCO office, said that it was also working towards setting up of biosphere ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi drive to protect environment

Posted on 09/10/2002

The Abu Dhabi Department of Civil Aviation and the Abu Dhabi Municipality's Food and Environment Control Centre have come together to introduce a comprehensive Environmental Awareness Programme. The FECC will provide training sessions to all DCA employees from October to May 2003, to provide an introduction into the concepts of environmental protection and to act as an entry point to more specialised packages that could be tailored according to the needs of the training, according to a report ...  >>MORE

ERWDA training programme on soil resources management

Posted on 08/10/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) is organizing a training programme on Soil Resources Assessment and Management from 6-9 October, at their headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and awareness of agriculturists, natural resource managers and planners, soil laboratory managers and university students. Also, training national manpower is a priority in this programme, according to a press release issued by ERWDA. The ...  >>MORE

E-governance for Ajman on the anvil

Posted on 25/09/2002

Ambitious plans are underway to establish an electronic government in Ajman and issue decrees to preserve the emirate's natural environment. These projects will be spearheaded by the Humaid bin Rashed Al Nuaimi Foundation as part of its five-year strategy to develop the emirate's human and natural resources. Amna Khalifa, Director of the foundation, said to achieve those goals, active participation of all the sectors on both the local and federal levels was necessary. Therefore, the ...  >>MORE

Industries told to phase out use of CFCs

Posted on 17/09/2002

Dubai Municipality has urged industries using ozone-depleting substances to phase them out. Industries like refrigeration, air-conditioning, foam manufacturing or metal cleaning, that use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), have been asked to look for alternatives. On the occasion of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer yesterday, Redha Hassan Salman, Head - Environment Protection and Safety Section, at the civic body's Environment Department, said that the municipality is ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to protection of Ozone layer

Posted on 16/09/2002

The Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, yesterday said that it was committed to the implementation of all measures aimed at protecting the Ozone Layer and that it would participate in all international efforts exerted towards achieving such goals. In a statement issued here to mark the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer which falls on September16, the FEA called upon all companies dealing with chemicals to work towards achieving a sustainable environment by turning to ...  >>MORE

Big environmental boost for Ajman

Posted on 02/09/2002

Ajman will reap rich environmental benefits from the planned Dh515 million sewerage project, which will create 10 times the amount of water currently available for greening the emirate. Sewage is presently taken by tanker and discharged into lagoons in the desert which, if continued for many more years, could potentially lead to significant health and long-term environmental problems for the emirate in terms of soil pollution, he indicated. The projected annual volume of such water to be ...  >>MORE

ERWDA focuses on protected areas and their development

Posted on 31/08/2002

The UAE is a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that requires countries to establish a system of protected areas to conserve bio-diversity, develop guidelines for the selection, establishment and management of protected areas and to promote the ecosystem, natural habitats and species conservation. As part of its commitment to the conservation of natural resources, ecosystems, wildlife and wildlife habitats; under its mandate as set forth in ERWDA's establishment Law no.4 ...  >>MORE

Wastewater treatment plant planned

Posted on 27/08/2002

Sharjah Municipality is introducing an important project for treatment of wastewater contaminated with oil and chemical discharged through car washes, petrol stations, laundries and factories for use in agriculture and industries. This toxic effluent has hitherto been disposed of casually in open places and poses considerable risk to the soil and groundwater reserves. The project comprises one among other ambitious ventures, with the municipality also having launched the sixth phase of its ...  >>MORE

Zayed' role in protecting the environment highlighted

Posted on 21/08/2002

The leading role of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in conserving the environment was highlighted at a workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa, ahead of the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which will be held from 26 August to 4 September 2002. The paper, which was presented at the workshop by a delegation from the Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, also dealt with the legislation in force in the UAE on environmental protection. The ...  >>MORE

Rising sea level poses problems: Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 03/08/2002

Many low-lying countries in the Middle East, including the UAE, face a threat from rising sea levels and desertification caused by global warming. Writing in a special issue of the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) bulletin 'Our Planet' on energy and the environment and published by 'Gulf News', Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), warned: "In the Middle East, ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi to host desertification meet


Pollution filter installed in Ajman asphalt plant


3.8 tonnes of cans collected


Sharjah goes green with waste disposal


UN official lauds UAE's environment achievements


Study detects high pollution in lagoon


New book on UAE achievements in the field of environment released


Zayed's greenery drive big success: Sheikh Mansour


ERWDA releases comprehensive guide on UAE's wild flowers


A permanent space for recycling


ERWDA's Al Wathba Reserve CD-Rom wins International Award


Plan to recycle 200 tonnes of waste paper this year


ERWDA wins GCC competition for 'Best Environmental Awareness'


Taking the sting out of toxic waste


BP cuts emissions by 14pc in Sharjah operations


Abu Dhabi embarks on huge soil survey


UAE anti-desertification drives bear fruit in Africa


ERWDA issues environmental permits and monitors compliance


Enviro-Spellathon launched


ERWDA issues its annual report


Al Midfa receives UN official


ERWDA launches five-year strategy and action plan


Move to stamp out toxic gas


Decree to check environmental violations


UAE set to enforce anti-pollution law


UAE bans sale of anti-ozone sprays


UAE 'committed to protect nature'


'UAE makes quantum leap in eco protection'


Waste management plan in final stages


31st National Day Statement by Hamdan bin Zayed


ERWDA support for UNESCO’s green projects


Abu Dhabi drive to protect environment


ERWDA training programme on soil resources management


E-governance for Ajman on the anvil


Industries told to phase out use of CFCs


UAE committed to protection of Ozone layer


Big environmental boost for Ajman


ERWDA focuses on protected areas and their development


Wastewater treatment plant planned


Zayed' role in protecting the environment highlighted


Rising sea level poses problems: Sheikh Hamdan