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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

Mohammed bin Rashid plants first salt-tolerant red mangrove on Sir Bani Yas Island

Posted on 09/12/2013

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum yesterday planted the first red mangrove tree on the Sir Bani Yas Island. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, the island is one of Abu Dhabi's largest islands on the Arabian Gulf. Sheikh Mohammed planted the evergreen tree, which lives in saline, wet habitats, during his visit to the island to chair a two-day cabinet retreat to discuss suggestions for developing ...  >>MORE

UAE Green Festival set to give nation sustainable identity

Posted on 09/12/2013

Under the theme "Live, learn and have fun in a low carbon world”, the UAE Green Festival, a country-wide celebration to take place on March.16 and last for one month, is meant to unveil the UAE's sustainable identity. Officially launched in Abu Dhabi in Masdar, the Festival comes as a result of prolonged hours of planning and preparation to make the United Arab Emirates a leading sustainable destination that provides its residents and visitors a quality life. The festival will comprise ...  >>MORE

Transplants give a life-saving lift to Abu Dhabi’s oldest trees

Posted on 07/12/2013

They are some of the city's oldest inhabitants, a race of giants whose roots literally go deep into the city. Now they are safe for future generations to enjoy. In developing the new Mushrif Central Park, exceptional measures are being taken to preserve the trees that have long stood on the site. "These may be some of the oldest trees in Abu Dhabi,” explains Abdul Aziz HusainAhmed, with more than a touch of pride. "They are priceless.” Mr Ahmed is the chief executive of Al Ain Properties, ...  >>MORE

EEG continues movements towards making the UAE a greener place

Posted on 13/11/2013

With its successful history of planting over 2,091,727 in the United Arab Emirates, Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has continued its initiative under the umbrella of the "One Root, One Communi-tree". The continuous initiative has influenced vast members of society to collect and deposit paper, plastic, mobile phones, toners, battery, aluminium cans and tetrapak beverage cartons for recycling. And in result, the participants are awarded with the opportunity to plant indigenous trees under ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment: UAE makes important steps towards sustainability of energy sector

Posted on 22/10/2013

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has stressed that the UAE has made important steps in its efforts towards sustainability of the energy sector, inspired by the vision and initiatives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, which calls for the diversification of energy sources and the development of the UAE experience in global energy markets, enhancing its leading role as a global hub for research and development in the field of renewable ...  >>MORE

MoEW launches Environment Leadership Charter

Posted on 15/10/2013

Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, has launched the Environment Leadership Charter, which confirms the commitment of the ministry's leaders to achieving the UAE's vision 2021, inspired by the National Action Programme of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi. The move comes from the keenness of the Ministry of Environment and Water to promote a unified culture of leadership in the ministry and to share ...  >>MORE

UAE is active partner in development of creative technology: Bin Fahad

Posted on 14/10/2013

The UAE is fostering innovation and creativity as part of its strategy to use technological solutions to achieve sustainable development, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has said. In a statement to mark the Arab Environment Day, which falls on 14th October every year, the minister said that declaration of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012, under the theme 'The Future We want', ...  >>MORE

EAD and Government Partners develop biodiversity strategy for Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/10/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), in a workshop yesterday, mulled over mechanisms to develop Abu Dhabi Emirate's targets and action plan on biodiversity for the years 2014 to 2018. A number of senior representatives from government entities were among the attendees who agreed to accelerate progress towards protecting biodiversity in the Emirate and managing protected areas as envisaged in the Abu Dhabi Environment Vision 2030. The move is in line with the Emirate's plan, which is ...  >>MORE

EAD and key government partners helping to shape Abu Dhabi's Climate Change Strategy

Posted on 09/10/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday brought together its government partners in a workshop to discuss how to best adapt to and mitigate the effects of Climate Change in Abu Dhabi. The lead entities for policy setting regulation, enforcement and operations affecting - and being affected by - climate change in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi convened to develop the Emirate's High Level Strategy and Action Plan for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation for the years 2014 to 2018. This ...  >>MORE

UAE Green Festival 2014 announces official launch of its activities

Posted on 01/10/2013

The UAE Green Festival 2014 was officially launched by the organising Committee during a press conference held yesterday in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of representatives from government and private organisations participating in the festival. Held under the theme: "Live, Learn and Have Fun in a Low Carbon World", the UAE Green Festival is scheduled to start on the 16th of March next year and will be the first event of its kind in the UAE and the region, a step that comes in ...  >>MORE

EAD and National Geographic announce launch of Great Nature Project in the UAE

Posted on 23/09/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has joined forces with the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative and the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to promote National Geographic's currently live "Great Nature Project", in the United Arab Emirates. The global initiative is designed to inspire biodiversity conservation efforts among the general public across the globe, and will be championed by EAD along with its partners. People of all ages can participate in The Great ...  >>MORE

UAE Green Festival to develop nation’s global trend

Posted on 17/09/2013

The first international Green Festival will be introduced to the UAE next year, to unveil the UAE's sustainable identity as a leading green destination worldwide. The UAE Green Festival will take place for one month starting on March 16 and ending on April 16. This festival aims to develop sustainable green practices not only through bettering people's lifestyles, but also through encouraging corporate businesses to adopt greater green strategies. "Our leader is deliberately building upon the ...  >>MORE

EAD and partners revamp sustainable schools initiative

Posted on 17/09/2013

At an event held on the International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed a new version of its environmental education programme, the Sustainable Schools Initiative (SSI), which will see it engage more youth locally, regionally and internationally. The announcement was made in the presence of officials from the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), which continues to support the roll-out of the initiative in schools across the Emirate, and ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment issues statement on the occasion of International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer

Posted on 16/09/2013

The UAE is participating in celebrations for the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which falls on 16th September each year, under the slogan: "Healthy Atmosphere: The Future We Want", which coincides with the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol. On the occasion, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, issued a statement underlining the fact that the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal ...  >>MORE

Deputy Secretary General of EAD appointed as member of IPCC Emission Factor Database Editorial Board

Posted on 15/09/2013

Dr. Jaber Eidha Al Jaberi, Deputy Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of the Emission Factor Database (EFDB) by the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gases Inventories (TFI), under the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Members of the EFDB are tasked with reviewing all the information related to Greenhouse Gas Inventories developed by the industrial, waste, forests, agriculture and energy sectors ...  >>MORE

du to save paper for 5 years with e-billing

Posted on 11/09/2013

du is delivering on its promise by announcing that 65 per cent of its customers have opted for paperless e-billing, since the sustainable e-billing system was launched in 2009. Achieving a more sustainable future is in all of our best interests, and is the responsibility of all. Ever conscious of its potential to have an impact on the local community, du introduced its e-billing system with the aim to cut back on the amount of paper used, and to reduce carbon emissions – thereby helping to ...  >>MORE

UAE to take part in women's climate change forum in New York

Posted on 10/09/2013

The UAE will be represented at an influential women's climate change forum to be held in New York this month. Razan Al Mubarak, secretary general of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, will take part in the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit and join female political and business leaders and scientists from more than 35 countries to craft a Women's Climate Action Agenda. It will call for action, more funding and policy changes to ensure humanity avoids the worst effects of climate ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi joins hand to promote The Great Nature Project

Posted on 04/09/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has joined the world's largest non-profit scientific and educational organisation, National Geographic, to help promote The Great Nature Project, an ambitious initiative designed to inspire bio-diversity conservation efforts among the public, globally and across the UAE. EAD will champion the project in the UAE, and along with the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, will consolidate ...  >>MORE

UAE scientists to study cars' contribution to smog

Posted on 13/08/2013

Scientists will spend a year studying the role played by car exhaust fumes in forming dangerous smog in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Smog, or ground-level ozone, can trigger chest conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. It is also associated with an increased risk of cancer, and reproductive and birth defects. The team will observe levels of carbon monoxide and non-methane volatile organic compounds, both of which contribute to smog. They will focus on the summer months when levels are ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute, Bayanat to develop water quality monitoring tools for Arabian Gulf

Posted on 12/08/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, yesterday announced the launch of a collaboration project with Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services, a Mubadala Company, to develop water quality monitoring tools in the Arabian Gulf using the satellite receiving station at the research-based institution. The Ocean Colour (OC) Research Group at the Earth Observation and Hydro-Climatology (EO-HC) Lab at Masdar Institute is leading this project with Bayanat, a specialist in the UAE's geospatial ...  >>MORE

Over 150,000 students take part in Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's Enviro-Spellathon Programme

Posted on 29/07/2013

Over 0.15 million students from 366 schools have participated in the 12th edition of the annual Enviro-Spellathon Programme, hosted by Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). The Annual Enviro-Spellathon is a curriculum integrated educational programme targeting school students from the ages of 4 to 13 years in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi aimed at increasing children's environmental knowledge and to instil environmentally friendly behaviour in them from a young age. Since its inception, the ...  >>MORE

EAD highlights groundwater preservation

Posted on 24/07/2013

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is continuing to highlight the importance of preserving groundwater reserves by using its presence at the 9th edition of the Liwa Date Festival, currently taking place in Abu Dhabi's Western Region, to create awareness of the issue. The Liwa Date Festival, which runs until 25th July, promotes the UAE's heritage and history of date farming, while also encouraging the exchange of technical expertise between farmers and government authorities to promote ...  >>MORE

DEWA launches Carbon Footprint campaign

Posted on 17/07/2013

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched its Carbon Footprint campaign, to support the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative to foster sustainable living across the Emirate. Reflecting DEWA's strategy to reduce carbon emissions and conserve natural resources, this new campaign seeks to raise awareness of responsible energy consumption, while encouraging environmental best practices and reducing carbon emissions. Rising energy consumption is one of the leading ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality applies eco-friendly mosquito trap

Posted on 16/07/2013

Within the scope of the initiatives of Dubai Municipality's Public Parks and Horticulture Department to achieve its strategic goals of maintaining a healthy environment from harmful insects, the department is instigating a simple method to get rid of mosquitoes in farms and houses. Eng. Taleb Abdul Karim Julfar, Director of Public Parks and Horticulture, explained that the idea is to place a simple device made of household materials easily available to all and without using any harmful ...  >>MORE

Environment Minister discusses UAE membership in Partnership to work for green economy with the UN Environment Programme

Posted on 04/07/2013

Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water (MoEW), held discussions with a delegation from the United Nations Environment Programme during a meeting in his office in the office of the ministry in Dubai yesterday. The discussions covered ways of boosting joint cooperation between the two sides and topics that will highlight the role of the state in a green economy approach in the regional community. The Delegation of the United Nations Programme included both Dr. Iyad ...  >>MORE

Environment Minister: UAE is committed to int'l efforts to combat desertification

Posted on 17/06/2013

The UAE, despite the fact that around 80% of its area is covered by the desert, remains committed to international efforts to combat desertification, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, emphasised yesterday. "The UAE joins the rest of the world in celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17th, and reiterate its commitment to its theme "Don't let our future dry up", the Minister said in a press release. He explained that "the UAE follows a wise ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment and Water: UAE addresses unsustainable forms of production and consumption

Posted on 05/06/2013

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has emphasised the UAE's keen interest in addressing the issues of unsustainable forms of food production and consumption by organising intensive awareness campaigns, included a warning about excessive food consumption and wastage, from an economic, social, health and environmental aspect. In a statement on the occasion of UAE celebrations for World Environment Day, which is marked on June 5th each year, Dr. Rashid highlighted the ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi calls on public to reduce their 'foodprint'

Posted on 05/06/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is marking the World Environment Day (WED) by organising a number of activities to increase the community's awareness on the environmental impact of the food choices, and encourage public to make wise decisions when buying their groceries and when cooking their meals in order to waste as little food as possible. The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save, which is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that ...  >>MORE

Scientific research 'a fundamental element' of environment conservation, says Nahyan

Posted on 05/06/2013

The carrying out of scientific research into the country's environment and wildlife is 'a fundamental element' of any strategy to conserve and protect the UAE's environment and wildlife, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, said yesterday. He was speaking at a ceremony to present two of the UAE's top environmental awards, the Sheikh Mubarak bin Mohammed Annual Award for Natural History, named after the former Minister of Interior, and ...  >>MORE

EAD advances water resource management strategy for Abu Dhabi with key partners

Posted on 27/05/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has concluded a workshop with key government and non-government partners that will advance and refine the Emirate of Abu Dhabi's Water Resource Management High Level Strategy and Action Plan for the years 2014-2018. The strategy aims to accelerate progress towards an efficient management and conservation of Abu Dhabi's three water resources - desalinated, recycled and groundwater. EAD presented the draft 2014 - 2018 water resource management strategy to ...  >>MORE

EAD keeps close watch on industrial and developmental projects

Posted on 22/05/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) revealed that it has cited more than 1000 violations in the first three months of 2013. The EAD is a mandated entity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for permitting and inspecting development and industrial projects to ensure their adherence to environmental regulations. EAD's regulatory enforcement role is aimed at maintaining environmental standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In defining this regulatory benchmark in the Emirate, not only can EAD ...  >>MORE

Will Dubai be dust-proof in 10 years? Municipality unveils ambitious project

Posted on 19/05/2013

Before you dismiss this suggestion, consider this: An ambitious Dubai Municipality project aims at doing just that – it plans to drastically increase the green cover across the emirate, thereby making Dubai dust-proof. The civic body has initiated various measures to increase the number of Ghaf trees throughout the emirate, especially in the desert. Eng Ahmad Abdul Karim, Director, Public Parks and Horticulture Department, Dubai Municipality, says the increase in the number of Ghaf trees – ...  >>MORE

UAE to announce action plan for green growth strategy by end of this year

Posted on 16/05/2013

The UAE will announce an action plan for the UAE Vision 2021 and the Green Growth Strategy by the end of this year, a senior official announced here at a recent forum. Generating energy and compost from waste and promoting public transport will be some of the measures to adopt sustainability principles in seven core areas of the economy, said Aisha Al Abdouli, an expert at environmental affairs at the Ministry of Environment and Water, and in charge of the UAE Green Growth Strategy Office. ...  >>MORE

Microalgae could be new biodiesel

Posted on 16/05/2013

Microalgae for biodiesel could be a future energy source, thanks to its environment-friendly attributes. Biodiesel has similar properties to petroleum diesel and promises to be a better alternative. It is sustainable, biodegradable, non-toxic and can be directly used in diesel engines producing lower harmful emissions, without the need for engine modification. Researchers at the UAE University, who have been carrying out research into alternative energy sources since 2010, say microalgae has ...  >>MORE

Clean fuels top UAE's green strategy

Posted on 14/05/2013

Developing cleaner fuels and reducing the waste that ends up in landfills are among the aims of a green growth strategy being presented to the Cabinet. Encouraging renewable energy is also in the plan, due to be submitted by the end of September. The strategy will identify environmental objectives across seven sectors – oil and gas, water and electricity, transport, buildings, waste, industry and agriculture – and set goals to be achieved by 2021, 2030 and 2050, said Aisha Al Abdooli of the ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's 2012 annual report focuses on sustainable development efforts

Posted on 12/05/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has released its bilingual Annual Report for the year 2012 documenting its efforts in protecting the environment and enhancing the biodiversity of the Abu Dhabi Emirate with an aim to maintain sustainable development and provide a safe and healthy environment for the residents and citizens of the Emirate. In the report's foreword, Mohammed Al Bowardi, EAD's Managing Director, said: "Since its establishment, EAD has carried out extensive scientific ...  >>MORE

Dubai Municipality drive to cut use of 500m plastic bags by year-end

Posted on 11/05/2013

The municipality on Thursday launched its "Say No to Plastic Bags” campaign that aims to reduce 500 million plastic bags from being used by consumers by the year's end. Abdullah Al Gaffari, head of Customer Services Unit of the Waste Management Department, told Gulf News on Thursday that the campaign will continue for six months, and will target supermarkets across the emirate. "We started preparing for the campaign three weeks ago, and we received a great deal of interest from participating ...  >>MORE

ICBA and EAD publish two books on soil

Posted on 29/04/2013

On the occasion of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the International Centre for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in collaboration with the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced the publication of two books titled "Developments in Soil Salinity Assessment and Reclamation: Innovative Thinking of Using Marginal Soil and Water Resources in Irrigated Agriculture" and "Developments in Soil Classification, Land Use Planning and Policy Implications: Innovative Thinking of Soil Inventory for ...  >>MORE

EAD to share its environmental data analysis expertise with NGOs

Posted on 23/04/2013

On the occasion of Earth Day, the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) has announced that it will be hosting a group of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to build capacity in methods and techniques to enable the community to assist with the Abu Dhabi Emirate Terrestrial Baseline Survey project. Announced in 2012, the Terrestrial Baseline Survey is being conducted with the endorsement and support of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu ...  >>MORE

Earth Day in UAE marked with clean-up drives and recycling projects

Posted on 23/04/2013

UAE residents joined communities worldwide marking Earth Day on Monday with a series of events to raise awareness on care of the environment. Earth Day is held on April 22 every year to highlight environmental issues such as sustainable use of resources, recycling, pollution and waste levels, and green technology. In the UAE, school children held activities with environment themes while officials and corporate leaders supported green initiatives. Marking the occasion, the Sharjah ...  >>MORE

Nahyan opens Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival

Posted on 21/04/2013

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, opened this evening the first Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival (ADIEFF) at the National Theatre, Abu Dhabi Corniche. The opening ceremony was attended by Mohammed Al Hamadi, member of ADIEFF Board of Trustees, Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, Director and Regional Representative of the United Nations Environment Programme in West Asia, Mohammed Monier, ADIEFF's Executive Director, Deborah Young, a ...  >>MORE

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Mohammed bin Rashid plants first salt-tolerant red mangrove on Sir Bani Yas Island


UAE Green Festival set to give nation sustainable identity


Transplants give a life-saving lift to Abu Dhabi’s oldest trees


EEG continues movements towards making the UAE a greener place


Minister of Environment: UAE makes important steps towards sustainability of energy sector


MoEW launches Environment Leadership Charter


UAE is active partner in development of creative technology: Bin Fahad


EAD and Government Partners develop biodiversity strategy for Abu Dhabi


EAD and key government partners helping to shape Abu Dhabi's Climate Change Strategy


UAE Green Festival 2014 announces official launch of its activities


EAD and National Geographic announce launch of Great Nature Project in the UAE


UAE Green Festival to develop nation’s global trend


EAD and partners revamp sustainable schools initiative


Minister of Environment issues statement on the occasion of International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer


Deputy Secretary General of EAD appointed as member of IPCC Emission Factor Database Editorial Board


du to save paper for 5 years with e-billing


UAE to take part in women's climate change forum in New York


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi joins hand to promote The Great Nature Project


UAE scientists to study cars' contribution to smog


Masdar Institute, Bayanat to develop water quality monitoring tools for Arabian Gulf


Over 150,000 students take part in Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's Enviro-Spellathon Programme


EAD highlights groundwater preservation


DEWA launches Carbon Footprint campaign


Dubai Municipality applies eco-friendly mosquito trap


Environment Minister discusses UAE membership in Partnership to work for green economy with the UN Environment Programme


Environment Minister: UAE is committed to int'l efforts to combat desertification


Minister of Environment and Water: UAE addresses unsustainable forms of production and consumption


Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi calls on public to reduce their 'foodprint'


Scientific research 'a fundamental element' of environment conservation, says Nahyan


EAD advances water resource management strategy for Abu Dhabi with key partners


EAD keeps close watch on industrial and developmental projects


Will Dubai be dust-proof in 10 years? Municipality unveils ambitious project


UAE to announce action plan for green growth strategy by end of this year


Microalgae could be new biodiesel


Clean fuels top UAE's green strategy


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's 2012 annual report focuses on sustainable development efforts


Dubai Municipality drive to cut use of 500m plastic bags by year-end


ICBA and EAD publish two books on soil


EAD to share its environmental data analysis expertise with NGOs


Earth Day in UAE marked with clean-up drives and recycling projects


Nahyan opens Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival