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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Underwater Clean-up campaign in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 25/01/2002

A sunken boat was picked up today by balloons as part of an underwater clean-up campaign in Abu Dhabi to promote environmental awareness and remove litter that is causing marine pollution. Large quantities of litters were also lifted up by police divers and volunteers. The campaign was organised by the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club in collaboration with Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). The campaign was also supported by the Coast Guard, Marine Police, ...  >>MORE

Hefty fines for dumping waste glass on roads

Posted on 11/01/2002

Glass and aluminium workshops which dump glass on roads next to their premises will be heavily fined, warned authorities in the emirate. Saeed Mohammed, a national from Al Dhaid, complained about factories throwing their waste on the roads, which is dangerous as many of these are located in residential areas. He urged the authorities to put an end to the increasing violations by these companies. He added that people have spoken to the factory owners several times, but without any positive ...  >>MORE

Environmental group discuss world's mangroves

Posted on 27/12/2001

A symposium has reviewed the various reasons for destruction of coastal ecology and mangroves, including the pressures of increasing population, agriculture, urban and industrial development and oil pollution. The second International Symposium and Workshop on Arid Zone Environments, organised by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) in co-ordination with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) opened in Abu Dhabi on 22 December. Majid Al Mansouri, ...  >>MORE

Experts call to protect mangroves

Posted on 24/12/2001

Environmentalists from around the world discussed threat to mangroves and salt marsh and approaches to regional cooperation on research and development in this area, at the Second International Symposium and Workshop on Arid Zone Environment, which began in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The three-day event is being organised by Abu Dhabi-based Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Centre for ...  >>MORE

Dubai pest control programme successful

Posted on 17/12/2001

The Dubai Municipality has been successful in reducing the potential mosquito breeding sites in the emirate with the help of a comprehensive pest control programme. In the urban area, the percentage of potential Anopheles mosquito breeding sites have been reduced to 0.21 last year, down from 2.97 in 1996. Similarly, the Culex mosquito breeding sites have been drastically cut to 3.52 last year from 13.89 in 1996, according to reports in the UAE' s dailies. In the rural areas, it was brought down ...  >>MORE

Environment village opens in Sharjah

Posted on 06/12/2001

The Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) opened The Environment Village near the Khalid Lagoon in Sharjah on 30 November as part of their Ramadan Festival activities. 'The main aim of this event is to create awareness amongst people about the environmental issues in the country,' said Abdul Aziz Al Midfa, Chairman of the EPAA. http://www.sharjahramadan.com, >>MORE

Environment - National day 2001

Posted on 30/11/2001

The UAE gives special attention to the conservation and development of the environment thanks to the personal care lent by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the environment and wildlife. Over the course of the last year, a number of important steps have been taken, both at a federal and a local level, which will help to promote the country's environmental agenda. At a federal level, the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, commenced preparing the executive order for the ...  >>MORE

Special Report on the occasion of the UAE’s 30th National Day - Environment

Posted on 28/11/2001

The UAE gives special attention to the conservation and development of the environment thanks to the personal care lent by President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the environment and wildlife. Over the course of the last year, a number of important steps have been taken, both at a federal and a local level, which will help to promote the country's environmental agenda. At a federal level, the Federal Environmental Agency, FEA, commenced preparing the executive order for the ...  >>MORE

UAE re-asserts full adherence to environment protection

Posted on 10/11/2001

The UAE has reasserted its full adherence to the preservation of the environment, and realised its responsibility towards environment protection from the beginning, Hamad Abdul Rahman Al Madfa, Minister of Health said. In his address at the 7th conference of the parties to the United Nations convention on climate change (UNFCCC COP 7), currently being held in Marrakesh, Al Madfa said that President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has always given prime attention to the issue of ...  >>MORE

Dubai may develop tropical forest

Posted on 03/11/2001

Picture a tropical forest with exotic birds, butterflies and insects in Dubai. And, that is precisely what Dubai Municipality is aiming to develop, with a little help from Malaysian friends. The design and concept of the forest, which is the brainchild of Dubai Municipality and is set to be the first in the Middle East, was done by Malaysia's Mardi-Tech in collaboration with FMS International. So far, MardiTech/FMS Inter-national have delivered the proposal for the forest to Dubai Municipality ...  >>MORE

FEA expresses gratitude, appreciation to Zayed

Posted on 31/10/2001

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) has expressed its gratitude and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for taking the lead in tempering developmental needs of the country with environmental protection. In a lecture at the Zayed Centre to mark the 30th anniversary of National Day, FEA General Director Dr Salim Al Dhahiri said environmental agencies owe much to Sheikh Zayed, who has always kept environment protection high on his developmental agenda. ...  >>MORE

Khor Fakkan facility to handle oil waste

Posted on 30/10/2001

Addressing environmental concern over oil pollution, particularly in the eastern region of the UAE, Emirates Environmental Protection, LLC (ECO) has established an oil waste reception facility at Khor Fakkan. Billed as the biggest facility in the region for receiving oil waste, the plant is operated by Singaport Cleanseas, a Singapore government company. The service facility is intended for reception, treatment and disposal of petroleum waste, sludge/slop processing crude oil tanker ...  >>MORE

Website for children on environment

Posted on 29/10/2001

The first children's bilingual web site mainly on environment will be launched in the UAE in December of on the occasion of the National Day celebrations and the Children's Festival. The www.beeeesagheer.com website is the online copy of the Al Bee'ee Sagheer (Young Environmentalist magazine), a joint venture of the Food and Environment Control Centre of Abu Dhabi Municipality, FECC and Shell Abu Dhabi BV. The task of establishing the web site has been awarded to FOHMICS, an Internet ...  >>MORE

10,000 volunteers for clean-up drive

Posted on 28/10/2001

Over 10,000 volunteers are expected to take part in various clean-up activities organised by Dubai Municipality as part of its "Clean Up The World" campaign from Tuesday to Friday. It is being supported by private companies, government departments, non-governmental organisations and schools. This year's key sponsor is Al Marmoum Dairy Products with support sponsors being Dubai Labour Supply Company (Dulsco), Gulf Eternit Industries, Mohammed Tayib Khori and Midas Safety. This year's activities ...  >>MORE

President hailed by UNESCO Chief

Posted on 27/10/2001

Director General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Kochiro Matsuura praised today President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for his commitment to preserve global human heritage and legacy. Speaking on the occasion of the first award giving ceremony of the Sheikh Zayed Award for Best World Human Spiritual Culture and Natural Heritage, Matsuura said that his organisation was giving big boost to human oral heritage and working hard to protect ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to Develop Strategy for Water Management in AD

Posted on 16/10/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) organized today a workshop to develop a strategy and action plan for managing the fresh water resources in Abu Dhabi Emirate. Being staged at Hilton Hotel the workshop was attended by representatives from Federal Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Water & Electricity Authority, Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Researches, International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture, National Drilling Company and UAE ...  >>MORE

Officials get more power to keep Dubai tidy

Posted on 08/10/2001

Dubai Municipality has granted special powers to 28 officials from the Markets and Abattoir Department to enforce public cleanliness rules in the emirate. The decision, which came into force on Saturday, was issued by Qassim Sultan, Director General of the civic body, so that the employees can implement Local Order No. 28/1985. According to the local order, it is prohibited to litter. Leaving garbage around, water dripping from air conditioners of houses or shops on to the streets, throwing ...  >>MORE

ERWDA discusses proposed environmental database

Posted on 02/10/2001

In the third of a series of meetings, the Environmental Research & Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) presented to different Governmental Departments the vision, activities and proposals for the establishment of an Environmental Database (EDB). The meeting, which was chaired by Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Acting Secretary General, was attended by representatives from H. H. Sheikh Zayed's Private Department, the Public Works Department, Abu Dhabi Municipality and Town Planning Department, Food & ...  >>MORE

ERWDA to mark Ozone Day

Posted on 16/09/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) will today observe International Day for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and has asked schools to teach pupils to use ozone-friendly items in their daily lives and to avoid goods containing CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons). The ozone issue was first recognised worldwide in 1985, when a British scientist reported a hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It had been there since 1979. Since then the growth in the ozone hole has ...  >>MORE

FEA to prepare report on desertification

Posted on 11/09/2001

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) has set up a committee to prepare a national report on the eradication of desertification in the UAE. The report is to be presented to a UN affiliated body overseeing anti-desertification. A meeting chaired by Dr. Salem Al Dhairi, director of FEA and chairman of the newly set up national committee for a follow-up of anti-desertification decided to assign the task of preparing the report to the faculty of agricultural science in the UAE university. In a ...  >>MORE

Monitors to check capital pollution

Posted on 09/09/2001

The Food and Environment Control Centre (FECC) of Abu Dhabi Municipality has started installing monitors at different junctions on main roads in the capital to check levels of noise pollution, according to Dr Amin Mohammed Yousef, Director of the centre. Speaking at a Press conference held at the centre to announce a new ordinance empowering the Centre with more authorities, Dr Yousef said the move was part of a master plan to widen Centre's area of activities to carry out its new ...  >>MORE

Environment plan for Abu Dhabi developed

Posted on 08/09/2001

An Environmental Regulatory System Action Plan for the protection of water and air environment and management of agrochemical use in Abu Dhabi Emirate has been developed by a multi-departmental team of experts. The plan is part of the five-year Strategic Environmental Action Plan for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (2001 - 2004), according to Majid Al Mansouri, Acting Secretary-General of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). It has been prepared by the Standards and ...  >>MORE

Dubai air quality at desired level

Posted on 05/09/2001

A Comprehensive study on the air quality in Jebel Ali is currently in progress and its final report is expected to be ready by May 2003, an official said. Redha Hassan Salman, Head of Environment Protection and Safety Section (EPSS) at the Environment Department of Dubai Municipality, said the study was being carried out by a local firm, Neemtech, in association with a Canadian organisation. Mobile monitoring stations are being used for the study, which began in May this year. There are ...  >>MORE

Stern warning issued to illegal crude oil carriers

Posted on 08/08/2001

The UAE government is clamping down on the movement of substandard tankers and ships involved in transporting of crude oil illegally in its coastal waters and a recent case is the refusal to allow entry to a tanker carrying crude oil from another country. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of state for foreign affairs and deputy chairman of the board of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, in a statement to a local Arabic daily, said the Emirates refused entry to ...  >>MORE

President’s role in environment protection praised

Posted on 04/08/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) yesterday attributed the country's achievements in environment and wildlife development to the farsighted guidance of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the support of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. In a statement marking the 35th anniversary of the Accession of Sheikh Zayed as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, ...  >>MORE

EEG receives top ISO certification

Posted on 18/07/2001

The Emirates Environmental Group became the first non-governmental organisation in the world to received ISO 14001 certification. The certificate was presented at a ceremony attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, government officials, corporate and committee members of the organisation. Emirates Environmental Group, Chairperson Habiba Al Marashi, who founded the group in 1991, said obtaining the award had taken six months of hard work which involved setting up procedures and ...  >>MORE

Dh15,000 fine for dumping oil products

Posted on 15/07/2001

People caught dumping any kind of oil at sewage dumping stations in Sharjah will be fined Dh1,500, according to a municipality order issued yesterday. The order, issued by Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Municipality, bans draining vehicles from dumping their load of sewage at dumping areas if such loads contain any type of oil. Sheikh Abdullah asked the municipality's Sewage section to follow up the implementation of the order. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

150,893 animals treated in June

Posted on 03/07/2001

The Veterinary Services Section of Dubai Municipality has treated more than 150,893 animals during June this year. According to the monthly report of the section, the above figure included cases of veterinary inspection, treatment and vaccination of animals through field visits of the section's doctors to animal farms or at the veterinary clinics. As many as 2,638 samples were brought to the laboratory for various types of analysis. The section also carried out inspection of 20,160 animals at ...  >>MORE

Dubai rescues orphaned leopard cubs

Posted on 26/06/2001

TNT, a freight company in Dubai has helped to save three, two-week old leopard cubs orphaned in southern Sudan discovered by a drilling team from Lundin Oil Company. TNT announced on 23 June that it will provide a free airlift for the cubs Sami, Alam and Nirmira from Khartoum to the Shamwari game reserve in South Africa. Born Free, a wildlife charity will supply in-flight care and a vet to accompany the cubs on their journey. Sudan has no wildlife sanctuaries and Born Free, says that the ...  >>MORE

Centre planned for cleaner production

Posted on 23/06/2001

The UAE will establish a National Centre for Cleaner Production to cater to environmental, social and economic needs, it was announced at the Regional Cleaner Production Round Table for West Asia, which concluded in Abu Dhabi last week. According to a communiqué, the preparatory committee for the establishment of the centre will comprise the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA), the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), ministries, municipalities, and educational and ...  >>MORE

Dubai Cargo Village institutes environment award

Posted on 06/06/2001

Dubai Cargo Village (DCV) has instituted an environment award for companies functioning from the village. The Dubai Cargo Village for Environmental Awareness will be given annually to companies that adheres to environmental needs. Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the award was for "distinguished companies which provide significant and effective services towards environmental care." Sheikh Ahmed added that the significance of the award stems from the fact ...  >>MORE

New waste collection system in Al Ras

Posted on 02/06/2001

As part of a programme to improve waste services, Dubai Municipality is implementing a new waste collection system in Al Ras, one of the most densely populated areas in the city, where disposal of waste within the narrow alleys has become a problem. The move is part of customer-satisfaction driven service enhancement efforts by the municipality's Environment Department and reflects its strategic plans to upgrade waste services in various areas through carefully planned and implemented changes. ...  >>MORE

Islamic environmental laws are needed : UAE says

Posted on 02/06/2001

The UAE has called on Islamic think-tanks to derive a flexible jurisprudence to deal with modern sensitive environmental issues in order to preserve human gains, and maintain and develop natural resources. The call was made by Mohammed bin Nakhira Al Dhahiri, Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Awqaf, while addressing the 13th conference of the Higher Islamic Council in Cairo. ' Islamic legislations and rules are needed to put an end to depletion of natural resources and pollution of ...  >>MORE

UAE reiterates commitment to protect environment

Posted on 02/06/2001

The United Arab Emirates has reiterated its commitment to environmental protection within the framework of its federal and local laws as well as within the framework of the numerous international agreements it had signed. This was disclosed by Dr. Jasim Ali Al Shamsi, Professor in Civil Law, who is the Under Secretary at the Faculty of Sharia and law of the Emirates University, in a UAE work paper he presented here yesterday at the 13th International Islamic Conference, being held here in ...  >>MORE

National recycling campaign grows steady

Posted on 26/05/2001

More than 3,000 kilos of discarded cans were collected for recycling during the annual Emirates Environmental Group can collection campaign yesterday. The campaign, launched eight years ago, encourages everyone to become involved in recycling and is conducted simultaneously in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Over 2,000 kilos of cans were collected at Dubai's Creek Park, 360 kilos at the Holiday Inn Resort in Sharjah and 412.5 kilos at the Abu Dhabi Indian School. Emirates Environmental Group ...  >>MORE

UAE cracks down on ageing ships

Posted on 23/05/2001

The UAE government is cracking down on ships entering its territorial waters after an ageing vessel sank last month and leaked hundreds of tonnes of smuggled Iraqi oil. The cabinet decided late on Monday to ban vessels of several flags from entering UAE waters, citing a blacklist from the International Maritime Organisation. The UAE bank covers ships registered in Albania, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, Comoros, Georgia, Honduras, the Maldives, Mauritius and Saint Vincent. The decision was ...  >>MORE

Bio-diversity Conservation in UAE

Posted on 22/05/2001

The International Bio-diversity Day of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which falls every year in the 22nd of May, will be held this year under the theme "Bio-diversity and Management of Invasive Alien Species”. In the bio-diversity area and as part of its efforts to protect the natural environment, wildlife and biological diversity within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) was able, in the last four ...  >>MORE

UAE to join convention on organic pollutants

Posted on 20/05/2001

The UAE will sign the UN Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, (POPs) by the end of this month. A delegation led by Dr Salim Masri Al Dhahiri, Director General of the Federal Environment Agency, FEA, left the country for Stockholm to take part in the agreement's commissioners' panel conference scheduled for May 22 and 23. Dr. Dhahiri said in statement before departure that the UAE would sign the agreement during the conference, in lien with its commitment to contributing to ...  >>MORE

UAE leads in protecting the environment: Nasiri

Posted on 20/05/2001

The UAE is one of the leading countries in the developing world which has taken a giant stride in the field of environmental protection. The remark was made by Obeid bin Saif Al Nasiri, Minister of Petroleum and Minister Resources. Nasiri said the UAE, under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has out-paced many developing countries in the field of environmental protection, adding that this was evident in the various environmental programmes the ...  >>MORE

Waste collection in Dubai increases

Posted on 16/05/2001

The co-operation between the Dubai Municipality and private sector in the field of collection and recycling of wastes has resulted in an increase in the volume of waste collection from companies, industrial establishments and labour camps. According to Dubai Municipality, the private sector organisations have transferred as many as 470,648 tonnes of solid wastes, 315,347 tonnes of building wastes, 7,844 tonnes of agricultural wastes, 98,650 tonnes of industrial wastes and 63,579 tonnes of other ...  >>MORE

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Environment award tribute to Zayed


Underwater Clean-up campaign in Abu Dhabi


Hefty fines for dumping waste glass on roads


Environmental group discuss world's mangroves


Experts call to protect mangroves


Dubai pest control programme successful


Environment village opens in Sharjah


Environment - National day 2001


Special Report on the occasion of the UAE’s 30th National Day - Environment


UAE re-asserts full adherence to environment protection


Dubai may develop tropical forest


FEA expresses gratitude, appreciation to Zayed


Khor Fakkan facility to handle oil waste


Website for children on environment


10,000 volunteers for clean-up drive


President hailed by UNESCO Chief


ERWDA to Develop Strategy for Water Management in AD


Officials get more power to keep Dubai tidy


ERWDA discusses proposed environmental database


ERWDA to mark Ozone Day


FEA to prepare report on desertification


Monitors to check capital pollution


Environment plan for Abu Dhabi developed


Dubai air quality at desired level


Stern warning issued to illegal crude oil carriers


President’s role in environment protection praised


EEG receives top ISO certification


Dh15,000 fine for dumping oil products


150,893 animals treated in June


Dubai rescues orphaned leopard cubs


Centre planned for cleaner production


Dubai Cargo Village institutes environment award


New waste collection system in Al Ras


Islamic environmental laws are needed : UAE says


UAE reiterates commitment to protect environment


National recycling campaign grows steady


UAE cracks down on ageing ships


Bio-diversity Conservation in UAE


UAE to join convention on organic pollutants


UAE leads in protecting the environment: Nasiri


Waste collection in Dubai increases