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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - CONSERVATION

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

Drive to save Arabia's native tree starts with virtual plantation

Posted on 07/12/2006

The World Wide Fund for Nature in partnership with national organisations has launched a countrywide campaign to protect the Ghaf, a native species of trees that is rapidly disappearing from the Arabian Peninsula. The 'Save the Ghaf Tree' campaign was yesterday launched by the Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF) with the support of Al Fahim Group of Companies. EWS is a national non-government organisation that has teamed up with WWF for conservation ...  >>MORE

Environment agency aids conservation efforts

Posted on 26/09/2006

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently helped Pakistani conservation organisations release a marine turtle fitted with a satellite transmitter in waters off Karachi to study the species' migrating and foraging patterns. The turtle was released in cooperation with WWF Pakistan and the Sindh Wildlife Department. It was released at the Sandspit off the coast of Karachi. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary-General of EAD, witnessed the release, which was the second. The first ...  >>MORE

Marine experts to discuss dugong conservation

Posted on 24/04/2006

Marine experts from around the world will converge on the capital to discuss the status and conservation of dugongs of the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and western Indian Ocean next month. According to the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (E-AD), which has been undertaking studies on dugongs in the UAE since 1999, the agency will host a three-day symposium, Status and Conservation of Dugongs of the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea and Western Indian Ocean, from May 29. Local, regional and international marine ...  >>MORE

Al Wathba Wildlife Sanctuary to undergo massive development

Posted on 29/03/2006

The Al Wathba Wildlife Sanctuary will undergo a massive development project which will be completed by the end of September, it was revealed yesterday. The plan includes the setting up of a visitors' centre and a research unit, as well as an awareness and education centre, tourist centre and units for bird watchers in various parts of the Al Wathba Wildlife Sanctuary, said Khaldoun Kiwan, Director of the Al Wathba Wildlife Sanctuary . Wooden bridges will be built to link the various parts of ...  >>MORE

Sultan bin Tahnoun praises Sheikh Khalifa's instructions on preservation of Al Ain Palm oases

Posted on 27/11/2005

Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, yesterday praised the decree issued by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Executive Council, stipulating the preservation of Palm Oases in Al Ain city, as a national wealth and a strategic element of developing tourism and portraying the history and heritage of the region. The decree was based on the instructions ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed issues decree preserving Al Ain palm oases

Posted on 26/11/2005

In line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has issued a decree preserving and protecting palm oases in Al Ain city. These oases are located in Al Ain main Palm Oasis, Al Qattara Palm Oasis, Jimi, Hili and Al Mutaradh. Their borders and premises are as shown in the attached sketches and ...  >>MORE

Green Revolution; A Dubai policeman's effort has made Ras Al Khor a leafy haven for birds

Posted on 14/08/2005

Like many photos of Dubai in the '80s, Brigadier Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafia's snaps of the view across the Creek show an utterly unfamiliar topography. Empty sky stretches where architectural wonders now jostle for space. But the really unfamiliar bit is the foreground. Today, if you look across the Creek at Ras Al Khor, you see a dense dark grove of mangroves, animated by flocks of flamingos and a birdwatcher's paradise of waders, ducks and raptors. Twenty years ago, the shore was ...  >>MORE

Protected place

Posted on 14/08/2005

"Everything has played into making this a unique area,” says Hamdam Al Shaer, Director of Dubai Municipality's Environmental Department. "It is near the city but protected. The most important thing is to maintain it as it is – to prevent any sort of encroachment or development.” "A visitor centre is in the design stage,” he says. "People come from all nationalities. Starting from September we will be inviting groups from schools.” For Brigadier Rafia, however, this is a scene of personal as ...  >>MORE

Rare Asian houbara egg saved

Posted on 26/06/2005

The National Avian Research Centre (Narc), which is part of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (Erwda), has saved a rare Asian houbara egg that was being attacked by a poisonous cobra snake in Kazakhstan; the key country for the Asian houbara. Speaking to Khaleej Times, a source from Narc said that a team of researchers has pulled out the rare egg from the cobra's jawbones and found that the egg shell was cracked. "They put the rare egg inside a special case under ...  >>MORE

UAE team to survey Yemen's endangered species habitat

Posted on 04/06/2005

A technical team from the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has started operations to survey flora and fauna in several parts of Yemen. The team targets surveillance of the endangered species' habitats and establishing their breeding areas. Plateaus of northern and southern Hadramout are homes for abundant wildlife. Recent reports indicated that extensive poaching of juvenile ibex or wild goats in different parts of Yemen has put them on the verge of extinction. ...  >>MORE

Dugongs and sea turtles in the UAE ‘under threat’

Posted on 11/04/2005

Conservationists have warned that dugongs and sea turtles in the country are under threat and called for collaboration to save the population of these endangered species. Experts from the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) said based on aerial surveys undertaken in 2001 and 2004 in Abu Dhabi waters, the foraging sea turtle population predominantly made up of the two species (hawksbill and green turtles), is estimated to be 5,550 turtles. The Arabian Gulf and Red ...  >>MORE

Experts to explore ways to conserve Arabian wildlife

Posted on 17/02/2005

The state of the Arabian Peninsula's wildlife will be discussed during the sixth annual Conservation Workshop for the Fauna of Arabia on Sunday. Topics for this year's gathering are the Arabian wolf, striped hyena, red fox and the Blanford's fox. The meeting will also discuss progress on the research of the Arabian leopard and the Arabian tahr. The three-day workshop brings together experts from Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman at the Sharjah Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife. ...  >>MORE

New technology to help reduce water usage

Posted on 17/02/2005

New irrigation technology for future Nakheel projects could reduce water usage by 80 per cent, scientists supported by the property developer said. A research institution developed the technology. The property developer had been researching ways to reduce the cost of irrigating land around its development projects, which it described as a "problem". "We outsourced technology to cut down on irrigation problems," said Dr Imad Haffar, manager of research and development at Nakheel. "All ...  >>MORE

Students plan walk to save Bengal tiger

Posted on 24/11/2004

Students of the Higher Colleges of Technology and the Al Ain Women's college will, on December 1, undertake a charity walk that will help raise an emergency rapid response fund to conserve the majestic Bengal tiger. The walk is being undertaken in cooperation with the Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium. Mona Al Dhahry, the marketing officer of the popular Al Ain Zoo, told "Khaleej Times” that the charity walk is being organised under the sponsorship of World Wild Fund, an organisation that has been ...  >>MORE

Study by UAE National on Al Wathba Lake

Posted on 23/11/2004

In a Masters thesis submitted to UAE University, UAE national Shaikha Al Dhaheri conducted a study that aims to fill the gap of information on the effects of water quality on Brine shrimp populations inhabiting Al Wathba Lake. The study focuses on Al Wathba Lake, which is managed by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), and examines the dynamics of brine shrimp (Artemia) population in relation to the surrounding environment, according to an ERWDA press release ...  >>MORE

Anti-desertification drive in UAE bears fruit

Posted on 21/06/2004

Efforts made by the United Arab Emirates to combat desertification through landscape gardening in the heart of the desert have led to the emergence of the so-called "desert towns and residential compounds", according to a senior government official. In a statement marking the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, 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 Department, said ...  >>MORE

New plan to save turtles studied

Posted on 21/06/2004

Environmental experts have begun a study that they hope will ensure the protection of some of the UAE's rarest and most endangered species of turtle. The project, undertaken by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), will see the creation of a management plan for the breeds, many of which have succumbed to environmental changes and fallen to dangerously low numbers. Scientists say that, as a result, the study is being treated with some urgency – it will be completed ...  >>MORE

ERWDA issues its Annual Report for 2003

Posted on 16/05/2004

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has issued its Annual Report for the year 2003. Majid Al Mansouri, ERWDA's Secretary General said that the report, published in both Arabic and English languages, reviewed the Agency's last year's 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. He ...  >>MORE

Fighting to save the marine turtles

Posted on 14/03/2004

Volunteer divers from the Emirates Diving Association lent a helping hand to environmentalists and turtle researcher Dr. Saif Al Ghais in tagging green turtles on the Ras al-Khaimah coastline on Friday. Ghais, who is the vice Chairman of the Western Indian Ocean and Marine Turtle specialist Group-IUCN demonstrated to the volunteers the method adopted by his marine research centre in Ras al-Khaimah in tagging and releasing the turtles. The volunteers divided into two teams that pitched into ...  >>MORE

Fifth Conservation Workshop for Arabian Fauna

Posted on 17/02/2004

The fifth Conservation Workshop for the Fauna of Arabia was inaugurated on Sunday by Abdulaziz Al Midfa, Director General of Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA), Sharjah, at the premises of the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife in Sharjah. The workshop is being attended by 65 to 70 experts from over 12 countries, and will conclude this Wednesday, according to a report in ‘Khaleej Times.' "The main objective behind organising this workshop is to maintain contact ...  >>MORE

Master plan for Al Wathba Wetland Reserve underway

Posted on 28/01/2004

Al Wathba Wetland Reserve will soon be turned into a world-class eco-tourism spot with new facilities added to it. The reserve is recognised as one of the important environmental sites of Abu Dhabi. According to the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), which has been managing the reserve since 1998, work is underway to develop a comprehensive program-me for Wathba Lake. The lake development programme includes building a visitors centre, pictorial information on ...  >>MORE

European media team visits Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital & NARC

Posted on 27/01/2004

An European Union (EU) media delegation visiting the country to view achievements made by the UAE in the conservation of environment and wildlife, met yesterday with Majid Al Mansouri, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) Secretary General where they were briefed on the Agency's efforts in houbara and falcon conservation. In the meeting Al Mansouri highlighted the role of the Emirates Centre for Wildlife Propagation - Houbara Bustard Captive Breeding Programme ...  >>MORE

Plan to set up national park on Jebel Hafit

Posted on 25/01/2004

ERWDA has submitted a major plan to Al Ain authorities to develop part of Jebel Hafit as a national park, a senior official said yesterday. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), said the project was initiated by ERWDA to preserve different wildlife species on the mountain, shared by both the UAE and Oman. It also includes reintroduction of wildlife species, such as the Arabian 'Tahr', which were native to the ...  >>MORE

Eco abuse triggers strict rules on sanctuary visits

Posted on 14/12/2003

Instances of environmental abuse have prompted the authorities to enforce strict rules and regulations regarding visits to wildlife sanctuaries. Entry to protected areas is restricted without permission from the sanctuary management authority, according to a report in "Gulf News.” "Individuals must be involved in the protection of the environment. Everyone must be responsible for its conservation and development," stressed Hussein Lootah, assistant director general of the Dubai Municipality's ...  >>MORE

Conservation strategies improve water table

Posted on 30/11/2003

Though water conservation is not new to the local populace, the UAE in recent years has also been considering the issue more seriously, and initiating a number of successful projects to explore alternate avenues. According to United Nations estimates, as many as 1.2 billion people lack access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion have no access to adequate sanitation. Each year, more than two million children die from water-borne diseases. Traditionally, water conservation is woven into ...  >>MORE

Flamingo habitat set for clean-up

Posted on 09/10/2003

Around 2,000 school-children will take part in a clean-up drive at the Ras Al Khor Natural Sanctuary, but they must be careful not to disturb the flamingoes living in the area. The Ras Al Khor sanctuary is a familiar destination for scores of migratory birds and it became an internationally acclaimed reserve because of its bio-diversity. More than 1,000 Greater Flamingoes, which come from Iran, have made their home in the area. However, the area is also visited by birds from inland breeding ...  >>MORE

Turtle conservation project in Arabian Gulf gets more funds

Posted on 02/10/2003

A marine turtle conservation project spearheaded by a UAE-based group will have more resources to carry out its work after obtaining a US$15,000 grant from Ford Middle East. The project, Saving Marine Turtles in the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, submitted by Western Indian Ocean Marine Turtle Specialist group from the UAE, obtained the grant in the category of Natural Environment and Environmental Education. The grant is part of the US$90,000 Ford Middle East gives to environmental ...  >>MORE

Al Maha plans pioneering conservation project

Posted on 30/09/2003

A pioneering conservation project to re-establish trees and other plant species within Al Maha Desert Resort's wildlife reserve is now under way in an initiative to restore the area's original habitat. The indigenous trees and shrubs once common within the region had been in decline for many years, largely due to over grazing by camels and made worse by the uncontrolled use of bore-wells during a ‘dry' regional weather cycle. The project – using the well known conservation techniques of species ...  >>MORE

Al Ain Zoo plans to boost wildlife conservation

Posted on 26/04/2003

Al Ain Zoological Park has planned new initiatives to promote the conservation of wildlife and endangered species. The initiatives include an embryo bank for wild animals, planned to be set up after obtaining permission of the authorities, said Dr. Nael Abu Zeid, Technical Director of Al Ain Zoo, according to a report in UAE dailies. In a presentation at the conference on environmental protection, Dr. Zeid said that they will cooperate with an international institution for the creation of the ...  >>MORE

Avian centre promotes Houbara conservation

Posted on 17/04/2003

The National Avian Research Centre, NARC, one of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency's, ERWDA, main centres located in Suweihan, has introduced many visitors to its programmes to promote the conservation of the Houbara bustard, an endangered species in the UAE, according to a report in the dailies. Students of the Higher Colleges of Technology, HCT, for Men in Al Ain have visited the NARC four times in the past months as part of an environmental project. Students studied ...  >>MORE

UNESCO praises ERWDA efforts to save dugongs

Posted on 07/04/2003

The regional office of UNESCO has expressed concern over the high number of dugong carcasses washed on to Qatari beaches, while appreciating the efforts of Abu Dhabi-based Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and the Centre for Environment Research (CER) in trying to save the endangered sea cow. According to a communiqué from Dr Abdalla Bubtana, Director of UNESCO s Doha Office, the worlds second largest population of the endangered dugong occurs in the Gulf region, ...  >>MORE

Emirates plans Desert Conservation Reserve

Posted on 09/03/2003

The first internationally recognised and fully-protected conservation area anywhere in the Middle East is now being established in Dubai.Dubai's new Desert Conservation Reserve will be centred on Al Maha Desert Resort, the Emirates Group cameo hotel outside the city, in a major initiative emphasising Emirates' commitment to corporate responsibility and environmental protection policies. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

Banned leather, ivory products worth Dh25,000 seized

Posted on 03/03/2003

Dubai Municipality has confiscated Dh25,000 worth of products banned under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), it was announced yesterday. Inspectors of the Veterinary Service Section of the Public Health Department have seized 42 kg of leather, ivory products and other banned material that some African nationals were attempting to sell in the emirate, said Engineer Sami Girgash, Chairman of the section. The civic body is in charge of ...  >>MORE

Dubai hands building to WWF

Posted on 27/02/2003

Dubai Municipality has handed over a historic building in Al Bastakiya heritage district to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to be used as the UAE Project Office. Eng AbdulRahman Al Sharid, Director of the General Projects Department at the municipality, and Frederic Launay from the WWF project office, signed an agreement yesterday in a ceremony at Building No.107 in Al Bastakiya. The agreement forms part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Qassim Sultan, Director General of ...  >>MORE

Bird hunters face six-month jail, fine

Posted on 24/02/2003

The Dubai Municipality has warned anyone capturing birds such as sea gulls with sharp fishing hooks face jail sentences and huge fines. Redha Hassan Salman, Head of the Environment Protection and Safety Section, said the hooks used by these people have been found near the Dubai ports and beaches. He noted that under local laws, hunting of wild birds is banned. The decree also bans collecting or destroying their eggs, with the exception of cormorants. "Offenders face imprisonment for six ...  >>MORE

Focus on endangered species

Posted on 23/02/2003

The fourth international conservation workshop on endangered species of the Arabian Peninsula will open today at the Arabian Wildlife Centre in Sharjah. It is being organised by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority in cooperation with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency. It will run until February 26. "This year's workshop will bring together experts to set up a programme of cooperation that will assist organisations to develop studies on endangered species ...  >>MORE

WWF recognition of Qarnein Island as a “Gift to the Earth”

Posted on 06/02/2003

The UAE island of Qarnein was accepted yesterday as a "Gift to the Earth” by the WorldWide Fund for Nature International, WWF, in recognition of its ecological importance and of the protection by the UAE of the island and its surrounding seas, as well as its wildlife. The "Gift to the Earth” programme has been devised by WWF to recognise areas of international scientific importance whose environment and ecology are being given special protection. So far, around 80 "Gifts to the Earth” have been ...  >>MORE

Conservation programmes achieve success

Posted on 17/01/2003

Regional cooperation in wildlife conservation has achieved tremendous success in Sharjah. "Collaboration has culminated in numerous joint programmes which aim for a much safer environment," said Abdulaziz Al Madfa, Director of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority. Al Madfa told a press conference on Wednesday that one of the main objectives of the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife is to build strong relations with similar bodies. He said this strategy conforms with the ...  >>MORE

Ban lifted on trade in endangered wildlife

Posted on 18/11/2002

The General Secretariat of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, has lifted a ban on trade in endangered wildlife imposed on UAE in November last year. Sources said the ban was lifted last week by the standing committee of the Geneva-based CITES Secretariat following fulfilment by the UAE to a set of requirements it had agreed upon with the secretariat. The ban has been lifted in three phases. Measures taken by the UAE to combat illegal wildlife trade to ...  >>MORE

Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee Launches Website

Posted on 03/11/2002

The Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee has launched a website and an electronic newsletter (AL MAHA) on the Arabian Oryx as part of its plan to promote and enhance communications between the participating countries and relevant organizations, a press release by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) reports. The bi-lingual website www.whiteoryx.org features basic information on Arabian Oryx, its physical characteristics, diet, behaviour, habitat and distribution and ...  >>MORE

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Old buildings in Dubai to be saved


Drive to save Arabia's native tree starts with virtual plantation


Environment agency aids conservation efforts


Marine experts to discuss dugong conservation


Al Wathba Wildlife Sanctuary to undergo massive development


Sultan bin Tahnoun praises Sheikh Khalifa's instructions on preservation of Al Ain Palm oases


Mohammed bin Zayed issues decree preserving Al Ain palm oases


Green Revolution; A Dubai policeman's effort has made Ras Al Khor a leafy haven for birds


Protected place


Rare Asian houbara egg saved


UAE team to survey Yemen's endangered species habitat


Dugongs and sea turtles in the UAE ‘under threat’


Experts to explore ways to conserve Arabian wildlife


New technology to help reduce water usage


Students plan walk to save Bengal tiger


Study by UAE National on Al Wathba Lake


Anti-desertification drive in UAE bears fruit


New plan to save turtles studied


ERWDA issues its Annual Report for 2003


Fighting to save the marine turtles


Fifth Conservation Workshop for Arabian Fauna


Master plan for Al Wathba Wetland Reserve underway


European media team visits Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital & NARC


Plan to set up national park on Jebel Hafit


Eco abuse triggers strict rules on sanctuary visits


Conservation strategies improve water table


Flamingo habitat set for clean-up


Turtle conservation project in Arabian Gulf gets more funds


Al Maha plans pioneering conservation project


Al Ain Zoo plans to boost wildlife conservation


Avian centre promotes Houbara conservation


UNESCO praises ERWDA efforts to save dugongs


Emirates plans Desert Conservation Reserve


Banned leather, ivory products worth Dh25,000 seized


Dubai hands building to WWF


Bird hunters face six-month jail, fine


Focus on endangered species


WWF recognition of Qarnein Island as a “Gift to the Earth”


Conservation programmes achieve success


Ban lifted on trade in endangered wildlife


Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee Launches Website