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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Al Ain sets up website on waste project

Posted on 21/07/2002

Al Ain Municipality has set up a dedicated website to project its unique environment-friendly waste management programme, "Source Classified Waste Project". The project was launched in March this year on an experimental basis for two years in Al Ain's Al Khubaisi district that has some 2,000 houses and a population of 16,000. According to Abdullah Hassan Hamarain, Undersecretary of Al Ain Municipality and the Town Planning Department, the project is a very important move towards enhancing ...  >>MORE

New pollution control centres set up in Capital

Posted on 15/07/2002

Two new centres have been set up in Abu Dhabi to monitor pollution levels in the air as part of the emirate's drive to keep its space clean and protect the environment. The Food and Environment Control Centre at the Abu Dhabi Municipality has installed the facilities in Wathba and the Golf Club area near the city at a cost of Dh2 million. "The two stations are part of the main air pollution control network set up in Abu Dhabi in 1990. It will provide round-the-clock data about gas levels in the ...  >>MORE

UAE ministry applies for ISO 14001

Posted on 07/07/2002

The UAE Ministry of Finance and Industry will apply for ISO 14001 certification during September and October. For this purpose, the ministry has formed an environment committee and outlined an environmental policy that was recently endorsed by Dr. Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, Minister of State for Finance and Industry. The ministry also signed a contract with a paper recycling company to lower its consumption of paper, explained Fatima Saif Al Sawaiah and Mohammed Ali, the environment ...  >>MORE

UAE continually improving environment

Posted on 06/07/2002

The UAE has a strong tradition of working for the improvement of its environment and social culture, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, has pointed out in a message to the WorldWide Fund (WWF) for Nature. Elaborating on the UAE's cooperation with the international wildlife organisation, Sheikh Hamdan, who is also the organisation's patron in the UAE, noted: "Here in the UAE, we have a strong tradition for working for the betterment of our culture, ...  >>MORE

Condition of UAE ozone layer optimal

Posted on 25/06/2002

The ozone layer over the UAE is in salutary condition, according to continuous monitoring by the UAE Ozone Station in the capital. The station has been producing valuable scientific data on ozone and the damaging ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun, and compiling a monthly report that is distributed to 18 departments and organisations for research. Established in July 1998, the station is a part of the UAE Meteorological Department that operates under the Ministry of Communications. ...  >>MORE

FEA urged to draft unified ecology laws

Posted on 12/06/2002

The Federal Environmental Agency has been urged to draw up unified environmental laws for the UAE. The agency should also directly coordinate with the environmental authorities concerned in each emirate on organising regulations pertaining the Law No. 34 for 1999 on environment protection and development, the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority said yesterday. The recommendations were jointly drawn up by various bodies operating in Sharjah, including the municipality, Economic ...  >>MORE

UAE at the forefront of economic protection

Posted on 06/06/2002

The UAE and the international community have been observing World Environment Day on June 5 every year since its establishment by the UN General Assembly in 1972. The day has been set aside to increase people's awareness of the environment and promote actions to preserve it in every country, a report in the "Gulf News” stated. 'Give Earth A Chance', the theme adopted, highlights the crisis that the planet faces and urges us to contribute to protect this shared wealth. In this respect, the ...  >>MORE

UAE pursues Zayed's vision for environment: Butti

Posted on 05/06/2002

Sheikh Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning, yesterday hailed H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his environmental vision and for laying down the fundamental rules for the protection and enrichment of the country's environment. In a statement to the Emirates News Agency, WAM, on the occasion of the World Environment Day, WED, to be celebrated world wide today under the theme "Give ...  >>MORE

UAE give priority to environment in development

Posted on 05/06/2002

Saeed Raqbani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, yesterday said that the UAE made the protection of the environment as its first priority in the development process. In a statement on the occasion of the World Environment Day, WED, commemorated each year on 5 June and being held this year under the theme "Give Earth a chance", Raqbani said that the UAE exerted intensive efforts amid harsh climatic conditions to deal with desertification, increase the greenery belt, develop water resources, ...  >>MORE

Dubai gets Best Clean City Trophy

Posted on 28/05/2002

Dubai received the Best Clean City Trophy recently at an international conference held in Egypt. Munther Akram Juma, Head of the External Relations and Organisations Office, accepted the trophy on behalf of Qassim Sultan, Director General of Dubai Municipality. The prestigious trophy was given to Dubai Municipality during a ceremony organised by the Centre for Arab-European Co-operation to honour a number of Arab personalities who have contributed tremendously in the field of environmental ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality wins UK environment award

Posted on 08/05/2002

The Abu Dhabi Municipality has won a British award for its environmental achievements during the past 25 years, the British embassy said yesterday. The award marks the achievements of the Abu Dhabi Sewerage and Projects Committee over the past quarter of a century and such achievements have been acknowledged by a well-known British publication entitled 'Environment Achievements - a 25 year celebration.' British Ambassador Patrick Nixon will present the award to Saeed Trais Al Mazroui, Assistant ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to environment protection

Posted on 06/05/2002

The UAE since 1971 has enacted several federal and local laws to protect and conserve the quality and natural balance of the environment, said Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Midfa, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Federal Environment Agency (FEA). Speaking at the opening session of the symposium organised yesterday by the FEA, to discuss the Ministerial council decision No 37 of 2001 concerning the provisions of the Federal Law No 24 of 1999 on environment protection, Al Midfa said that the law ...  >>MORE

UAE draws up plan to handle disasters

Posted on 05/05/2002

The UAE has drawn up a comprehensive federal emergency plan to deal with chemical or nuclear attacks, tremors, floods, pollution and other possible disasters. According to officials, the strategy gives priority to the protection of human lives. The Civil Defence, the Armed Forces and at least ten federal ministries besides environment authorities and other bodies concerned are involved in the plan, which also assigns a vital role for the Information and Culture Ministry in cases of emergency. ...  >>MORE

Environment village to be set up soon

Posted on 05/05/2002

A comprehensive 'environment village' for the management of wastes based on international disposal, treatment and recycling standards will be set up by Sharjah Municipality shortly. The department will coordinate with other related entities, including the fertiliser plant and the solid and sewerage disposal units, to implement the project. Toxic and non-toxic liquid and solid wastes, including debris from construction sites, automobile spares, tyres and medical wastes, will initially be ...  >>MORE

ERWDA comments on ESI 2002

Posted on 03/05/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said today that the Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI), which placed the UAE at the tail of it list, had opened a new horizon as regards the evaluation of UAE activities and data in the fields of sustainable development. ' The ESI report is a wake-up call, however use of arbitrary invented data of ESI report in some of the analysis process could be inaccurate,' ERWDA said in a short comment on the ESI report 2002. 'The ...  >>MORE

Ajman to launch US$140m sewerage project

Posted on 29/04/2002

The Ajman government is set to launch a US$140 million sewerage project jointly with Thames Water and Black & Veatch, two of the world's leaders in wastewater business. It is described as one of the biggest construction projects ever undertaken in the emirate. The project has been developed to meet the need for a modern sewerage system to meet the demands of a growing emirate and replace the existing outdated methods of sewage disposal, according to a press release. The project includes the ...  >>MORE

Two waste-water projects to be implemented

Posted on 28/04/2002

Abu Dhabi Municipality has started implementing a development plan for two waste water projects for Al Masafah area, including Zayed residential area. The projects will cost Dh82 million. They include the rain water drainage system and the sewerage system. The municipality is also studying bids for project No. 805 to extend main lines for the surface water drainage system at a cost of Dh29 million. Another three contracts worth Dh69 million are for setting up the main pumping station No. 17 ...  >>MORE

Proposal on alternative fuel for vehicles

Posted on 28/04/2002

The Traffic Department at the Ministry of Interior is studying a proposal to use natural gas as an alternative to petroleum products in automobile fuelling. The proposed system of vehicle fuel, which has bee experimented for one year by a local petroleum company, has proved successful on different types of vehicles. According to Mohammed Hassan Al Zaabi, Manager, Retail Sales Department at ADNOC Distribution, which initiated the fuel alternative system said this experiment is the first of its ...  >>MORE

UAE to ratify Stockholm protocol

Posted on 23/04/2002

The UAE is set to officially ratify a global agreement reached in Stockholm last year on combating organic pollutants which affect the ecological system. The Federal Environment Agency discussed the protocol at its meeting today and decided to present it to the federal cabinet for official ratification. "A memorandum has been presented to the cabinet to endorse the agreement after it was signed in May last year," said Dr Salem Musri Al Dhaheri, FEA's director general. He spoke after heading ...  >>MORE

ERWDA issues its 2001 annual report

Posted on 18/04/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) issued here today its annual report for the year 2001. 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, a press release from ERWDA said. Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, ERWDA's Managing Director said in the ...  >>MORE

Legislation to protect air, water suggested

Posted on 16/04/2002

The Environmental Strategic Plan Workshop yesterday recommended enactment of legislation and a proper enforcement mechanism for the development of a regulatory system for water and air protection. The three-day workshop, which is organised by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), is currently discussing the 'six environmental strategic goals' for the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The six environmental goals were drafted by an earlier workshop in December 1999, and the ...  >>MORE

ERWDA workshop on Environmental Strategic Plan opens

Posted on 15/04/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, held in Abu Dhabi, opened the Second Abu Dhabi Strategic Plan Workshop, which aims to finalise and approve the Environmental Strategic Plan drafted by the working groups. The three-day workshop is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the board of ERWDA. Sheikh Hamdan, in an address to the workshop, delivered by Mohammed Al Bowardi, ...  >>MORE

ERWDA's 2002 budget approved

Posted on 11/04/2002

The Board of Directors of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) last Monday approved the agency's year 2002 budget. A press statement issued by ERWDA which Emirates News Agency, WAM, received a copy of it, said that Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the (ERWDA), had chaired the Agency's Board of Directors fifth meeting on Monday 8th April 2002. The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Butti Al ...  >>MORE

Fujairah issues new hygiene instructions

Posted on 01/04/2002

Fujairah Municipality has issued fresh instructions to organise work at factories dealing in production of bottled mineral water and at the fish markets to ensure they meet hygiene standards. Rashid Hamdan Abdullah, the Municipality's director, urged bottled mineral water producers to make sure their plants are away from any source of pollution and that it is constructed on a wide expanse of land to include water storage tanks and other equipment for washing and sterilising water, said a source ...  >>MORE

RAK sets up special force on environment

Posted on 25/03/2002

A special force of civilian volunteers with a mandate to fine offenders for environmental offences, has been set up by Ras Al Khaimah Municipality. Mubarak Ali Al Shamsi, Director General of the municipality, said the civic body alone cannot protect the environment and help is needed. These 25 UAE national volunteers will monitor the environment and detect violations committed by companies or individuals. He stressed that the move is in the wake of the new environmental law, which is about to ...  >>MORE

Al Ain municipality launches Project for waste classification

Posted on 22/03/2002

Al Ain Municipality has launched a two-year state-of-the-art pilot project for waste classification at source, the first of its kind in the UAE, the Khaleej Times reported. 'The project is aimed at ensuring a zero waste rate by recycling and re-using garbage at its source,' the paper said. The launch of the project was announced at a Press conference by senior officials of the municipality. The conference was attended by Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the newly-formed Al Ain ...  >>MORE

Al Ain launches eco drive

Posted on 20/03/2002

Al Ain Municipality and the Town Planning Department have launched a waste management programme to safeguard the environment, urging maximum public participation to make it a success. The "Source Classified Waste Project" is a first of its kind environment-friendly waste management programme in the UAE, said Abdullah Hassan Hamarain, Under Secretary of Al Ain Municipality and Town Planning Department. The project, which has been running on an experimental basis for two years, was launched on ...  >>MORE

ECO database to be submitted for endorsement

Posted on 20/03/2002

The proposal and recommendations of the Abu Dhabi Environment Data Base, ADEDB, will be submitted for endorsement to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Development Agency, ERWDA, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the ERWDA's board of directors at the end of March. By the end of the second quarter a formal team to work on developing a project plan and a budget would be formed by a decree from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy ...  >>MORE

Clean-up at Abu Dhabi free harbour

Posted on 18/03/2002

Police and other divers joined the UAE border and coast guard in a massive clean-up operation at Abu Dhabi free harbour yesterday to mark Environment Day that was observed last week. The divers were divided into five teams to compete for the largest collection of marine waste at the harbour, which adjoins Mina Zayed and houses the thriving Iranian floating bazaar. The five teams included the border and coast guard, Abu Dhabi naval police, Mina Zayed, the Environment Friends Association and ...  >>MORE

Houbara breeding centre to be opened

Posted on 14/03/2002

Dubai's first houbara breeding centre will open in April 2001. The breeding centre involves the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory in Dubai, supported by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Minister of Defence and the International Foundation for Conservation and Development of Wildlife (IFCDW) in Morocco, which is funded by Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The centre in Morocco is one of the largest and most successful houbara breeding centres ...  >>MORE

Anti-desertification drive to be launched soon

Posted on 11/03/2002

The UAE will soon launch a drive to fight desertification in line with an international agreement to curb the expansion of deserts, environment officials said yesterday. The plan was discussed at a meeting of the Federal Environment Agency (FEA) headed by Dr Salim Al Dahiri in Abu Dhabi yesterday. It discussed the preparation of a new report on the implementation of the agreement which was reached within the framework of the United Nations. Dahiri said FEA had asked departments to provide it ...  >>MORE

Zayed committed to environment - Madfa

Posted on 10/03/2002

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is strongly committed to the protection of the environment and development of the UAE's water and other natural resources, Health Minister Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa said yesterday. In a statement read out on his behalf by Dr. Salem Al Dhaheri, Director General of Federal Environment Agency, Al Madfa said the UAE has devoted Environment Day this year to raise awareness of the need to preserve water resources because they are scarce, ...  >>MORE

14 tonnes of rubbish collected at Hatta dunes

Posted on 07/03/2002

The Emirates Environmental Group's (EEG) first clean-up of the year ended on 28 February when 1,200 EEG members and supporters collected 14 tonnes of garbage from a sand dune known locally as ‘Big Red', in the desert a one hour drive from Dubai on the Dubai-Hatta road. http://www.eeg-uae.com ...  >>MORE

Concerted global environmental efforts imperative: Hamdan

Posted on 27/02/2002

Global environmental problems should be tackled through concerted programmes within the framework of the United Nations, but taking into account the economies of individual countries as well as other issues pertaining to sustainable development, said Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). In a meeting with Dr. Claude Martin, General Director of the Worldwide Fund for ...  >>MORE

New environmental rules in Dubai

Posted on 21/02/2002

Dubai Municipality introduced new rules on 15 February to protect the deserts, beaches and sea, in the emirate. Strict guidelines for tourists and leisure travel operators are intended to help protect the environment and offenders will be fined heavily. Hussain Nasser Ahmed Lootah, Assistant Director General for Environment and Public Health, said ‘Dubai Creek is an important tourist landmark that needs to be protected. All vessels sailing in the creek must be fitted with a special tank for ...  >>MORE

ADNOC issues new HSEMS

Posted on 20/02/2002

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, has issued a new corporate Health, Safety and Environment Policy and guidelines for its Group Companies for the implementation of an integrated Health, Safety, and Environment Management System, HSEMS. These new documents replace earlier versions, which, more that four years after first issue in 1997, required revision to reflect ADNOC's new framework for HSE management and documentation. The ADNOC Group Companies actively participated in the review ...  >>MORE

ZADCO, ERWDA announce completion of environmental survey

Posted on 17/02/2002

Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) and the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, has announced the completion of the environmental survey of ZADCO's areas of operation. An exhibition of ZADCO's environmental protection programmes was also arranged on the occasion in support of the 5th National Environment Day. The environmental survey was commissioned by ZADCO and carried out by ERWDA. The survey covered the ecological resources of ZADCO's Zirku and Arzanah islands ...  >>MORE

New rules issued to protect environment

Posted on 16/02/2002

With a view to ensuring the environment is kept litter-free and unspoiled, Dubai Municipality has issued strict guidelines for tourists and leisure travel operators. They cover trips taken to the desert, Dubai Creek or Gulf waters, the beaches and other protected areas. Offenders are warned they will be fined heavily. Hussain Nasser Ahmed Lootah, Assistant Director General for Environment and Public Health, said Dubai Creek is one of the most important tourist landmarks and it enjoys a ...  >>MORE

Vending machines to recycle used cans

Posted on 14/02/2002

Dubai Municipality's latest innovation for environmental conservation was announced on 10 February with the planned installation of ‘reverse vending machines' to dispose of cans and drinks containers. The first of many machines is expected to be operating by March 2002. These vending machines will reward the consumer for depositing used cans into the machine with discount coupons and prizes. Hussain Nasser Lootah, the municipality's Assistant Director General for Environment and Public ...  >>MORE

Environment award tribute to Zayed

Posted on 02/02/2002

The US$1 million Zayed International Prize for the Environment is considered the most prestigious environmental prize in the world, said a senior official. Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, member of the award's higher committee, said it was established in recognition and appreciation of the achievements of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The founder and patron of the award is General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister. ...  >>MORE

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Rising sea level poses problems: Sheikh Hamdan


Al Ain sets up website on waste project


New pollution control centres set up in Capital


UAE ministry applies for ISO 14001


UAE continually improving environment


Condition of UAE ozone layer optimal


FEA urged to draft unified ecology laws


UAE at the forefront of economic protection


UAE pursues Zayed's vision for environment: Butti


UAE give priority to environment in development


Dubai gets Best Clean City Trophy


Abu Dhabi Municipality wins UK environment award


UAE committed to environment protection


UAE draws up plan to handle disasters


Environment village to be set up soon


ERWDA comments on ESI 2002


Ajman to launch US$140m sewerage project


Two waste-water projects to be implemented


Proposal on alternative fuel for vehicles


UAE to ratify Stockholm protocol


ERWDA issues its 2001 annual report


Legislation to protect air, water suggested


ERWDA workshop on Environmental Strategic Plan opens


ERWDA's 2002 budget approved


Fujairah issues new hygiene instructions


RAK sets up special force on environment


Al Ain municipality launches Project for waste classification


Al Ain launches eco drive


ECO database to be submitted for endorsement


Clean-up at Abu Dhabi free harbour


Houbara breeding centre to be opened


Anti-desertification drive to be launched soon


Zayed committed to environment - Madfa


14 tonnes of rubbish collected at Hatta dunes


Concerted global environmental efforts imperative: Hamdan


New environmental rules in Dubai


ADNOC issues new HSEMS


ZADCO, ERWDA announce completion of environmental survey


New rules issued to protect environment


Vending machines to recycle used cans


Environment award tribute to Zayed