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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - CONSERVATION

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

Al Ain zoo plans to protect endangered species

Posted on 26/10/2002

The Al Ain Zoological Park has adopted new measures to meet the twin objectives of protection of environment and preservation of endangered species, according to Dr M. Nael A. Abu-Zeid, Technical Director of the Park. Zoos all over the world have taken to programmes to promote captive breeding of threatened species and their reintroduction into wilderness, besides raising the level public awareness through education to prevent further destruction of wildlife, he said, according to a report in ...  >>MORE

UAQ bans hunting of birds

Posted on 07/10/2002

The Emirate of Umm al Qaiwain has strictly banned hunting of the Houbara (bustard) and curlew birds within the emirate from dusk to dawn everyday. The ban comes in line with the directives of H.H Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm al Qaiwain, for the purpose of conserving the wildlife in the emirate. Violators of the ban will be fined an amount of not less than Dh.10,000 and not more than Dh.20,000. Instrument used in hunting by a violator shall be ...  >>MORE

'Save the dugong' campaign planned

Posted on 05/10/2002

Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi, in association with the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), will be hosting this month a series of events aimed to 'Save the dugong' by raising awareness about conserving the marine species. From October 17 to 31, the first floor of the mall will be transformed into an underwater activity centre with plenty of educational displays and videos on marine life in the UAE and around the world. The focus will be on the life and habitat of the ...  >>MORE

UNESCO lauds scientific conference in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/09/2002

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has lauded the outcome of an international scientific conference recently held by the Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up. In a letter to Zayed Centre, Dr. Lucilla Spini, an associate expert and anthropologist at the UNESCO division of ecological sciences, expressed her deep appreciation for the results achieved from the International Conference on the Universe and Man's Destiny convened at ...  >>MORE

UAE lauded for eco protection

Posted on 11/08/2002

While the UAE has taken positive steps for the conservation of the environment, a lot more needs to be done, a World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) official told Gulf News. The Fund opened an office in Abu Dhabi in February 2000 and since then has come a long way in providing the much needed boost to tackle environmental issues in the UAE. It has not only launched environmental projects targeting school children but has also joined hands with government agencies in spreading awareness among the ...  >>MORE

UAE to have biosphere reserve

Posted on 05/08/2002

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is considering a proposal to start a biosphere reserve in the UAE. Lucilla Spini of Unesco's Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) revealed this at a conference on "The Universe and Man's Destiny" in the capital on Sunday. The conference describes biosphere reserves as "ideal sites for research, long-term monitoring, training" which enable "local communities to become fully involved in the conservation and ...  >>MORE

Large sea-grass field found

Posted on 06/07/2002

Abu Dhabi emirate has one of the world's largest sea-grass fields, covering an area of 5,500 sq km, reveals a scientific study. Three species of sea-grass have been identified in the waters off Abu Dhabi emirate, according to a study published in the latest issue of Tribulus, the official journal of the Emirates Natural History Group. According to the study, prepared by a three-member team of environmentalists, the species were discovered as a result of surveys and field research by the ...  >>MORE

Conserve water, achieve sustainable development: Abu Dhabi Declaration

Posted on 01/05/2002

Striking a balance between agricultural development rates and conservation of water resources is one of the main factors of sustainable development, according to Abu Dhabi Declaration for Agricultural Development and Desertification Control. The declaration, issued by Arab agriculture ministers at the end of a two-day meeting of the Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development (AOAD), warned that current consumption of water would deplete these precious resources. The declaration appreciated ...  >>MORE

118 smuggled poisonous snakes seized at Dubai cargo village

Posted on 18/04/2002

The Ministry of Agriculture intercepted a large illegal consignment of reptiles at Dubai airport on 17 April. The consignment included 118 snakes, including five deadly cobras. The reptiles have been taken to the Dubai Zoo. The shipment is believed to come from Cairo and the snakes were to be used for performing ‘black magic' according to an official at Dubai Zoo. ...  >>MORE

100 houbaras released in Pakistan

Posted on 21/03/2002

One hundred houbara bustards were released at Rahim Yar Khan, south of Punjab in Pakistan on 16 March under a programme supported by President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The Houbara Foundation International in Pakistan (HFI) had the support of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) for this project. The release programme is part of the UAE's effort to develop and protect the environment and wildlife. >>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

Ruwais project to use solar power

Posted on 06/03/2002

The utilisation of solar power at ADNOC's biggest residential project, Ruwais Housing Complex, will result in savings of Dh380,000 annually, apart from lower maintenance costs, according to a report. Other residential development companies in the UAE too should utilise solar power, the report added. At the Ruwais Housing Complex Expansion (RHCE), 248 solar water heaters of 300-litre capacity each have been installed to provide domestic hot water for 620 family apartments. "Taking into ...  >>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

Smuggler caught with endangered species

Posted on 14/02/2002

A smuggler was caught attempting to bring over 200 endangered desert tortoises and eight birds into the UAE by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries on 12 February. The animals are now in the care of the the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA). http://www.erwda.gov.ae ...  >>MORE

Bid to smuggle endangered reptiles, birds foiled

Posted on 14/02/2002

An attempt to smuggle more than 200 endangered desert tortoises and eight birds into the country through a border post with a neighbouring country was foiled by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The animals were being smuggled into the UAE from a neighbouring country, but experts believe that the consignment originated in Syria. The law enforcement authorities have also taken one person into custody for questioning, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. The confiscated birds ...  >>MORE

ERWDA receives illegally smuggled animals

Posted on 13/02/2002

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) has received a number of animals and birds which were illegally smuggled into the country. The animals were handed over to ERWDA on Monday by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. They included 220 desert tortoises, classified globally as one of the most endangered species. Apart from the animals, a number of birds were also handed over to ERWDA. They included four grey parrots and four peacocks. The illegally imported ...  >>MORE

Mohammed outlines need for water conservation

Posted on 07/02/2002

'World leaders must join to solve the growing threat of water scarcity, an issue that threatens both human life and international peace', said General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Minister of Defence on 2 February. He was speaking at the opening of the Dubai International Conference on Integrated Management of Water Resources in the Third Millennium, organised by the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in collaboration with the UAE University, ...  >>MORE

ERWDA working on unified water conservation plan

Posted on 04/02/2002

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has praised the progress achieved by the country in protecting the environment during its march to attain comprehensive development. In a statement on the occasion of the country's Fifth National Environment Day, to be marked today under the theme, Water Resources: Sustainability and Development, Sheikh Hamdan said the UAE's ...  >>MORE

UNESCO to help UAE preserve its heritage

Posted on 08/01/2002

The numerous centres for culture and the tangible and intangible heritage in the Gulf region, are evidence of the keenness of the region's people to conserve their heritage, said a UNESCO official. Zaki Aslan of UNESCO was speaking at the opening of a seminar on the conservation of historic buildings yesterday. Abdulla Mohammed Al Owais, Director General of the Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah, pointed to Sharjah's cultural distinction and noted that it had earned the title ...  >>MORE

Environmental protection a priority: Sheikh Hamdan

Posted on 28/12/2001

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, said that the UAE had made relentless efforts to protect and conserve environment for future generations despite the fast-pace of development and progress. ' The UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has put environment conservation as main target of national development policies and made ...  >>MORE

Conservation of Dugongs in the UAE

Posted on 28/12/2001

The National Wildlife Protection Project conducted by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, is a very important part of the Agency plans to protect endangered species like dugongs. During 1999 ERWDA initiated a four-year programme to study the status of dugongs in the UAE waters by studying its habitats, geographical distribution, population, and its biology. This study is being sponsored (financed) by Total FINA ELF. The Agency undertook aerial and field ...  >>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

Zoo animals freed into the wild

Posted on 13/12/2001

For the second time this year Dubai Zoo followed its programme to replenish depleted local fauna. On 9 December it released seven animals, including a desert eagle, an Arabian fox, a Marsh Harrier, a buzzard and hedgehogs into the wild. The birds and animals were released into the desert near to Al Mushrif Park in Rashidiyah, where Dubai's new 'open zoo' is due to be built in 2003. Two birds, the harrier and buzzard had been confiscated from smugglers, and others were given to the zoo. >>MORE

Rules for wildlife conservation

Posted on 09/12/2001

The Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) has drafted regulations for enforcement of the Federal Law No 24 of 1999 on protection of environment and conservation of wildlife. The regulations ban hunting, killing or capturing birds, marine and wild animals specified by the law. The law also bans possessing, transporting or displaying birds, marine and wild animals, dead or alive, for the purposes of selling, except after obtaining a licence from authorities concerned . The rules say the ...  >>MORE

Dubai Zoo bid to promote wildlife conservation

Posted on 06/12/2001

The Dubai Zoo, in a bid to promote the message of wildlife conservation, will release into the wilderness a number of animals, birds and reptiles on Sunday (December 9) in the Al Ghaff forest near Mushrif Park. Ahmed AbdulKarim, Director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at the Dubai Municipality, said this is the third such initiative of the zoo, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. " We are keen to preserve the wildlife of the emirate. The birds, animals, and reptiles will ...  >>MORE

Decline in population of houbara

Posted on 29/10/2001

The National Avian Research Centre (NARC) has seen a constant decline in the population of the endangered houbara bustard due to excessive hunting and illegal trapping in its wintering grounds in South East Asia and CIS. The NARC, which is a part of the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), has been implementing a comprehensive conservation strategy. An official of ERWDA yesterday said NARC has noticed that the bird is facing a serious threat due to a combination of ...  >>MORE

Meeting for conservation of Arabian oryx in UAE

Posted on 13/10/2001

The UAE, which was selected earlier to be the venue of the General Secretariat of the Co-ordinating Committee for the Conservation of the Arabian Oryx, will host the committee's first meeting in Abu Dhabi which is schedule to be held in on October 13th at Hilton Hotel. The meeting, which will be chaired by His Excellency Mohammed Al Bowardi, Managing Director of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), will discuss the Committee's Articles of Association and the ...  >>MORE

ERWDA participates in satellite tracking of sea turtles in Pakistan

Posted on 28/08/2001

A team of scientists from the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) visited Karachi at the beginning of this month to participate with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in launching a satellite tracking programme in Pakistan. ERWDA's scientists team installed with the help of WWF- Pakistan and Sindh Wildlife Department, satellite transmitters on the back of female green turtles who were nesting at the beach of the Karachi coast on the Arabian Sea, according to a ...  >>MORE

ERWDA's efforts to conserve Houbara praised

Posted on 22/08/2001

The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and the National Avian Research Centre's (NARC) efforts to increase the houbara bustard population were praised by an international wildlife expert. Dr. Asad Rahmani, Chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Bustard Specialist Group, said that a number of breakthroughs were achieved by NARC over the last few years, which have elevated the Centre to become among the best international facilities ...  >>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

Umm Al Qaiwain creates a body to preserve historic sites

Posted on 25/06/2001

Brigadier Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mu'alla, Commander of Umm Al Qaiwain National Guards and Director of Museums and Heritage Department, has ordered the formation of a higher committee to preserve the emirate's historic sites. The committee, comprising representatives from the Department and Umm Al Qaiwain Municipality, was formed in line with directives of H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain. In its first meeting today, the committee ...  >>MORE

World heritage status sought

Posted on 12/05/2001

Dubai is planning to approach UNESCO to seek ‘World Heritage Site status for some of its heritage buildings which have been restored under a multi-million dirham conservation programme. Dubai Municipality which is hopeful of completing conservation work on all its heritage sties by the year 2008, is currently studying the proposal, according to officials. A wide range of programmes have been initiated by the municipal authorities to enlighten the residents and visitors about Dubai's ...  >>MORE

UAE signs UNESCO agreement

Posted on 25/03/2001

UAE has signed the UNESCO's 1972 convention on the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage. The 38-articled agreement calls for the protection of any cultural or natural heritage of an extraordinary international value in the field of history, art, science and natural science for generations to come. By signing the agreement, the UAE is now entitled to any international assistance for the protection of its valuable heritage. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE ready to join World Heritage Convention

Posted on 19/03/2001

The cabinet gave the green light for the UAE to join the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, said Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture. Meeting UNESCO's Director General Koichiro Matsuura who is visiting the country, Sheikh Abdullah said that the UAE's joining of the convention would be made official as soon as the necessary legal procedures were completed. Sheikh Abdullah reviewed with Matsuura the issue of ...  >>MORE

ERWDA, agriculture centre sign MoU

Posted on 27/02/2001

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA) and the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). The MoU constitutes an agreement to engage in a series of co-operative activities of common interest and mutual benefit, according to a statement issued on Monday by ERWDA. Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, ERWDA's managing director, signed the agreement on behalf of ERWDA and Dr Mohammed Al Attar, ICBA's ...  >>MORE

Two new approach channels to be dredged to Abu Abyadh Island

Posted on 10/02/2001

The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, Works Department WD has commissioned Halcrow to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment, ELA, of proposals to dredge two new approach channels to the north coast of Abu Dhabi Al Abyadh island. The ELA study has followed national and international guidelines on the preparation of such studies, and has been completed in accordance with Terms of reference. Among the aims of the new channels and terms are 1-to improve access for vessels along the north shore of ...  >>MORE

WWF project office opens in UAE

Posted on 07/02/2001

The World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, today announced a major four-year programme for conservation activities in the United Arab Emirates, its first such venture in the country. The announcement coincides with the opening of a WWF Project Office in Abu Dhabi, which will be involved in activities throughout the Arabian Gulf region. The Office is to work closely with local environmental organisations and agencies, in particular Abu Dhabi's Environmental Research and Wildlife Development ...  >>MORE

Strategic plans to preserve ecology

Posted on 04/02/2001

The protection of the Abu Dhabi heritage is one of the main goals of the strategic four-year plan, 2000-2004, of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA. According to a report published in "Environmental Issues”, the main publication of the Environment Friends Society, the aim of the broad strategic plant that ERWDA proposes for the emirate is to support the sustainable development of the UAE, to enhance the well-being of its environment, and to ensure a legacy for ...  >>MORE

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Arabian Oryx Conservation Committee Launches Website


Al Ain zoo plans to protect endangered species


UAQ bans hunting of birds


'Save the dugong' campaign planned


UNESCO lauds scientific conference in Abu Dhabi


UAE lauded for eco protection


UAE to have biosphere reserve


Large sea-grass field found


Conserve water, achieve sustainable development: Abu Dhabi Declaration


118 smuggled poisonous snakes seized at Dubai cargo village


100 houbaras released in Pakistan


Houbara breeding centre to be opened


Ruwais project to use solar power


Vending machines to recycle used cans


Smuggler caught with endangered species


Bid to smuggle endangered reptiles, birds foiled


ERWDA receives illegally smuggled animals


Mohammed outlines need for water conservation


ERWDA working on unified water conservation plan


UNESCO to help UAE preserve its heritage


Environmental protection a priority: Sheikh Hamdan


Conservation of Dugongs in the UAE


Environmental group discuss world's mangroves


Zoo animals freed into the wild


Rules for wildlife conservation


Dubai Zoo bid to promote wildlife conservation


Decline in population of houbara


Meeting for conservation of Arabian oryx in UAE


ERWDA participates in satellite tracking of sea turtles in Pakistan


ERWDA's efforts to conserve Houbara praised


150,893 animals treated in June


Dubai rescues orphaned leopard cubs


Umm Al Qaiwain creates a body to preserve historic sites


World heritage status sought


UAE signs UNESCO agreement


UAE ready to join World Heritage Convention


ERWDA, agriculture centre sign MoU


Two new approach channels to be dredged to Abu Abyadh Island


WWF project office opens in UAE


Strategic plans to preserve ecology