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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Youth plant 120 damas trees at Jebel Ali landfill

Posted on 21/04/2013

In just six months, the 120 damas trees that 60 youth from all over UAE planted at the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility on Saturday will help bring more fresh air and green protection in the area. Synergy, a youth organisation in the UAE, led the tree planting activity with the support of Engineer Abdul Majeed Saifaie, director of Waste Management Department (WMD) of Dubai Municipality, in celebration of Earth Week 2013. The event was organised as part of Plant-for-the-Planet, a ...  >>MORE

EAD strengthens its Emergency Management Strategy, launches Emergency Operations Centre

Posted on 15/04/2013

In line with the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) strategy for emergency preparedness, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) officially unveiled yesterday its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). The EOC was inaugurated by Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Chairman of the Executive Committee, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Managing Director of EAD, Major General Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi, Deputy General Commander of Abu Dhabi Police, Head of the Crisis and Disaster Management ...  >>MORE

Adding life to life: du to cut 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Posted on 15/04/2013

UAE telecommunications company du has announced that it will add around 70 new turnkey Genset Efficiency Solutions to its mobile network. The firm has decided to convert all possible off-grid sites to smart hybrid power solutions with the deployment of solutions by Heliocentris, the experts in energy efficiency and clean energy solutions. This is in direct support of the UAE government's strategy towards sustainable energy, and the national objective to reduce diesel consumption and CO2 ...  >>MORE

UAE has taken major strides towards diversification of energy mix: Bin Fahad

Posted on 15/04/2013

The UAE has taken significant strides towards its strategic objective of diversification of energy sources, Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, has said. He said paramount importance and attention the UAE pays to energy issues, be diversification of sources, security, efficiency or rationalisation of energy, highlights the national policies aimed at sustainable development which the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

New ‘eco’' carpet could help ease pressure on UAE landfill sites

Posted on 08/04/2013

European carpet manufacturer Desso is now going beyond mere sustainability by embracing Cradle to Cradle design principles and producing a carpet tile range with a polyolefin-based backing. Carpet tiles with this backing have reached a level where up to 97% of the materials are positively defined 1. That means all ingredients have been assessed as either optimal or tolerable, according to the Cradle to Cradle assessment criteria and can be reused or recycled, therefore potentially reducing ...  >>MORE

Emirates to support green projects

Posted on 04/04/2013

Emirates Airline has set aside US$150,000 for ‘A Greener Tomorrow'. The initiative, designed to support environmental or conservation projects, is open to any established not-for-profit environmental or conservation organisation to support a project with clear environmental outcomes, the airline said in a press release. Funds for the initiative have been raised through internal recycling programmes across the Emirates Group — with more than five million kilograms of material recycled a year. ...  >>MORE

CAG, Dubai Carbon Centre sign deal for UAE carbon market

Posted on 04/04/2013

Capital Alternatives Group (CAG) has yesterday announced a landmark partnership with the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) to supply Certified Emission Reduction carbon credits (CER's) to businesses within the UAE. The agreement which starts on Sunday, March 24th is a long-term agreement to bring together supply and demand for carbon credits and is seen as a milestone in the development of the UAE's carbon market, allowing local businesses to reduce and offset their carbon emissions ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi reaffirms UNEP Partnership for Sustainable Future

Posted on 30/03/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) this week reaffirmed their partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Facilitated by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), the partnership aims at continuing to bridge the environmental data gap between and within developing and developed countries. EAD and UNEP share a common interest in improving access to timely and credible environmental data and information by those who need it. The 2-year cooperation ...  >>MORE

Drydocks World and Maritime World launch Dubai Maritime Green Initiative to propagate environmental excellence

Posted on 28/03/2013

Drydocks World and Maritime World, the leading entity involved in providing a wide range of services to the maritime, oil and gas industries, yesterday announced the grand launch of Dubai Maritime Green Initiative, a strategic movement to encourage all-round environmental excellence in maritime and allied sectors including oil, gas and energy. The initiative was inaugurated in the presence of key decision-makers from government and industry and was underlined by MoU for green technology ...  >>MORE

Sharjah taxis to run on natural gas

Posted on 27/03/2013

The Sharjah Transport Corporation (STC) has started work on converting all taxis in the emirate to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). "The project will be done within two phases, starting with 1,600 vehicles belonging to Sharjah Taxi, and converting 800 cars per year starting this year,” said the Director General of STC, Abdullah Al Zari. Therefore, Phase One will be over by 2015 and it will "result in the reduction of 52 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) which is 30 per cent emission,” said ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment takes part in UN's General Assembly high-level dialogue on Water in New York

Posted on 25/03/2013

Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, Minister of Environment and Water led the UAE delegation to the high-level dialogue on Water held at United Nations' General Assembly in New York at the sidelines of World Water Day. The interactive dialogue aims to tackle the water challenges and specify topics that require political support, greater international cooperation, explorations of tangible strategies and solutions to overcome the water challenges. The UAE minister said despite the successes attained over ...  >>MORE

UAE's Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Sharjah enlisted as Ramsar Site 2013

Posted on 21/03/2013

The Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Khor Kalba, Sharjah, was enlisted as a Ramsar site, the Chairwoman of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) of Sharjah told reporters today. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, or the "Ramsar Convention" is an intergovernmental treaty that embodies the commitments of its member countries to maintain the ecological character of their Wetlands of International Importance and to plan for the "wise use", or sustainable use, of all of the ...  >>MORE

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi educates next generation on water conservation

Posted on 21/03/2013

To mark World Water Day, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi is planting the seeds of water conservation awareness among Abu Dhabi's school children by taking fund raisers from ALDAR Academy's Pearl Primary School on an educational tour of the Park's water conservation system. The winning students were the top five fund-raisers in a unique Cycle for Water event organised by ALDAR Academy earlier to raise funds to buy two water tanks for a school in Mekele, Ethiopia. The educational tour is a part of ...  >>MORE

Blue carbon acts as mitigator of climate change

Posted on 18/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) launched a Blue Carbon project, which aims to study the correlation between the storage of carbon in ground beneath mangrove trees, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshlands in relation to climate change. "Blue carbon is a fairly new term in the world of environmental assessments. Unlike other greens, they store carbon beneath the ground they live on, not just in their own bodies,” said ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi on groundwater tapping alert

Posted on 14/03/2013

As part of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi's (EAD) inspections on farms across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, EAD has ceased nine cases of transfer and selling of groundwater by some farm owners and tank drivers. This is in violation of Law No (6) for the year 2006 which regulates the drilling of groundwater wells and other related activities in the Emirate. As the Authority mandated with the implementation of Law No (6) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Law No (16) for the year 2005, EAD's ...  >>MORE

EAD and ADEC discuss embedding environmental education within Abu Dhabi school curricula

Posted on 13/03/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) organised a workshop on a pilot programme that will embed environmental education within schools' curricula. The joint initiative entails continued cooperation between EAD and ADEC targeting Kindergarten, Cycle 1 government schools and private primary schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as part of its pilot phase. In the next few years, the initiative will be implemented on a larger scale to reach even more ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host first environment film fest

Posted on 11/03/2013

A green carpet will be rolled out from April 20 to 25 for the first ever Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival (ADIEFF). Organised by the Media Lab and supported by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi emirate, the festival just announced an additional competition category — Environmental Films from the UAE. Divided into two sections, best feature and best short film, each with three sub-sections — narrative, documentary and ...  >>MORE

Razan Al Mubarak will head jury for Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival

Posted on 07/03/2013

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, the directorate of the Abu Dhabi International Environmental Festival has chosen Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, the Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) as a head of the jury for the official films competition. In a statement, Razan Al Mubarak said that cinema has a very important role to play in dealing with the environmental challenges facing our region, especially ...  >>MORE

Minister of Environment issues resolution on hazardous waste transport

Posted on 05/03/2013

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has issued a resolution regulating the passage and export of hazardous waste shipments across the UAE border. Federal Law No. 24 in 1999 on "the protection of the environment and development", defined hazardous waste as waste resulting from various activities and processes or its ashes containing various properties of hazardous materials such as batteries, used oils and medical waste coming from hospitals and clinics along with ink ...  >>MORE

EAD seeks to preserve and develop groundwater resources

Posted on 05/03/2013

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has inspected a number of projects including the strategic water storage project, wells, farms and air monitoring station in Liwa. The visit comes in the context of EAD's desire to maintain and develop the groundwater resources and ensure its sustainability for the future generations in addition to its keenness on the work progress in various projects undertaken by the agency. She was also briefed on the pace ...  >>MORE

EAD wins regional award for environmental work

Posted on 04/03/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has received another regional recognition for its innovative environmental awareness programmes, in the best Environment Awareness Category at the sixth edition of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Prize for Best Environmental Activities. Dr. Jaber Eidha Al Jaberi, Deputy Secretary General of EAD, accepted the award on behalf of the Agency. EAD received the award at a ceremony held in Jeddah, and was among a number of regionally-based government ...  >>MORE

Environment film festival launches UAE contest

Posted on 04/03/2013

The Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival has launched a competition titled "Environment films from the UAE”. The competition aims to encourage filmmakers to produce films that raise awareness about issues pertaining to the environment, and the importance of preserving it. Prizes valued at Dh240,000 will be contested over three categories: short and normal length animations, documentaries or narrative, amateur short film, and best script. Mohammad Mounir, Head of the Festival, ...  >>MORE

RTA endorses operation of 20 petrol-electric hybrid vehicles in Dubai Taxi

Posted on 03/03/2013

The Board of Directors of the Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive Director, recently endorsed the operation of 20 hybrid vehicles, Toyota Camry make, as eco-friendly electric-fuel powered vehicles to be deployed in the Dubai Taxi fleet this year. The move has been taken in the context of a Master Plan to curb the pollution resulting from vehicles exhausts, and make vehicles more eco-friendly in Dubai. Al Tayer explained that the ...  >>MORE

UAE's Ecological Footprint Initiative highlighted

Posted on 28/02/2013

Minister of Environment and Water, Dr Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, highlighted the efforts of the UAE to reduce the ecological footprint and preserve the environment at a high-level roundtable entitled "Green Economy: the Path to Reduce Ecological Footprint in Arab Countries" organized in Nairobi, Kenya, by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED). As a keynote speaker at a session which was held as part of the UN environment programme (UNEP) Governing Council and Global Ministerial ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi website wins best media coverage award

Posted on 28/02/2013

Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi's website has won first prize in the category of the best media coverage within the special awards of the Secretariat General of Dubai Award for sustainable transportation in its 5th edition 2013. H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai, distributed awards among the winners from government and private companies, entities and sponsors under the five categories at Dubai World Trade Centre. Matar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for collective regional action to address sand and dust storms

Posted on 27/02/2013

The UAE Minister of Environment and Water, Dr Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, termed dust and sand storms as a 'collective regional responsibility' and all stakeholders should come together to address this environmental challenge. The UAE minister was speaking at the UNEP's flagship Sand and Dust Storms project, a regional initiative targeting Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Iran, Turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, was the top issue discussed during a ministerial ...  >>MORE

RTA’s green initiatives help reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint

Posted on 27/02/2013

Sowing the seeds of green in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched a series of initiatives over the last couple of years that has helped reduce the city's carbon footprint considerably. From the Dubai Metro and Green Bus to Hybrid Taxis and electric abras, RTA has delivered projects after projects that are environmentally-friendly but at the same time equally convenient for commuters. One of the biggest infrastructure and mass transit projects in the region, Dubai Metro ...  >>MORE

DTCM's 'We Are Green' exhibition in April

Posted on 25/02/2013

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will be organising "Green Exhibition" from Apil 7-9 to coincide with the Dubai Green Festival, the first ever city wide green celebration in the region which will be held from April 7-13, launched by the DTCM in response to the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote the importance of preserving environment. The exhibition's aims promote ...  >>MORE

Dubai observes Car Free Day reducing 14 tones carbon emission

Posted on 15/02/2013

The fourth annual Car Free Day organised yesterday by Dubai Municipality helped to reduce 14 tons of carbon dioxide emission as 5,000 cars were taken off the roads by employees of the 27 participating organisations. "5,000 cars were taken off the roads helping to save the environment from more than 14 tons of carbon dioxide emission. Our aim in future is to observe the Car Free Day with the participation of all government and private organizations," said Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director ...  >>MORE

Top governments officials ride metro to mark Car Free Day 2013

Posted on 13/02/2013

Dr. Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahad, the Minister of Environment and Water, Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, the Minster of Education and other top officials of different government organisations and private companies will ride on metro tomorrow to mark Car Free Day 2013. Eng. Mohammed Nouri, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations Department said that the top officials will reach to the designated metro stations Al Rashidiya, Al Qusais, Al Etisalat, Mankhol, Noor Dubai Al Islami and Business Bay ...  >>MORE

Car-Free Day gets bigger

Posted on 11/02/2013

About 7,000 cars are expected to be off the roads in Dubai this Wednesday as the private sector joins the Dubai Municipality's annual Car-Free Day initiative in its fourth edition. Nearly 30 entities, including government departments and ministries, will also take part in the civic body's environmental initiative to make it bigger and better this time. Over 1.5 million vehicles ply on Dubai roads everyday and the carbon emission from the transport sector contributed to 47 per cent of the air ...  >>MORE

EAD celebrates 16th National Environment Day

Posted on 05/02/2013

The Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) is marking the 16th National Environment Day by organising a number of different events to increase the community's awareness on the importance of conserving the UAE's species, flora and fauna. Dr Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, executive director of the Biodiversity Management Sector at EAD, said, "The National Environment Day's theme ‘Living Desert' highlights the fact that despite the common stereotype of the UAE's desert being a barren land, it is actually ...  >>MORE

Khalifa calls for developing and conserving desert resources

Posted on 04/02/2013

The National Environment Day is a fitting annual event during which both public and private energies are pooled together throughout the year to highlight the desert as a national environmental issue of top priority, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said yesterday. In an address to the nation on the 16th National Environment Day, the President said the UAE is marking the day for the third year running under the theme 'Desert Pulsing with Life' to make the desert the ...  >>MORE

Environment day to focus on desert life

Posted on 04/02/2013

‘Desert is Pulsing with Life' is the theme for the 16th National Environment Day today (February 4), launched under the patronage of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Major stakeholders and educational institutions, including colleges and schools, will be holding events across the country to celebrate the day. The International Fund for Houbara Conservation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are among the key organisers this year, and activities ...  >>MORE

Conservation of biodiversity a key priority: Hamdan bin Zayed

Posted on 04/02/2013

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has called on the Emirati community to contribute to sustaining the vision and strategy of the UAE government for biodiversity conservation. In a statement to mark the 6th national environment day, Sheikh Hamdan said the celebration of the day under the them 'living desert' for the third consecutive year shows how interested the UAE is in ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi research centre to help scientists understand climate change

Posted on 03/02/2013

Little studied but with potentially profound effects on the future of the world's climate, clouds are, according to one expert, the "800-pound gorillas" of climate change. And now a new research centre in Abu Dhabi will help scientists around the world better understand the impacts of climate change. The Centre for Prototype Climate Modelling, at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), will study clouds that form over the tropics. That study, according to Prof Andrew Majda, the new centre's ...  >>MORE

UAE launches 16th Environment Day

Posted on 31/01/2013

Under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ministry of Environment and Water launched yesterday the 16th Environment Day under the theme 'Desert Pulsing with Life'. A total of 27 major entities and stakeholders, including the International Fund for Houbara Conservation and the International Fund for Animal Welfare will come together to mark the national event. 'The Environment Day is a spectacular national activity through which we renew our ...  >>MORE

UAE firms praised for cutting carbon footprint by over 10%

Posted on 29/01/2013

Achieving significant water and energy savings is possible for companies and does not require large investments. That was the message from five organisations honoured by the Emirates Wildlife Society - World Wide Fund for Nature. The five are part of a group of 50 private companies taking part in Heroes of the UAE, an environmental initiative encouraging efficiency. It requires members to reduce their carbon footprint from energy and water use by at least 10 per cent over one year, to ...  >>MORE

DUBAL project to reduce greenhouse gas emission

Posted on 20/01/2013

Acknowledging that the production of primary aluminium has an inherently large environmental footprint, Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) - the entirely state-owned enterprise that operates the world's largest single-site primary aluminium smelter using pre-bake anode technology - consciously strives to minimise the air emissions, solid and liquid waste generated by its Jebel Ali operations. Regarding air emissions, dedicated attention is given to reducing the volume of greenhouse gases (GHGs) ...  >>MORE

Importance of groundwater as a key national strategic resource highlighted

Posted on 17/01/2013

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has addressed the issue of groundwater and the pivotal role it plays in the United Arab Emirates' long term sustainability, prosperity and the overall welfare of its people at the inaugural International Water Summit (IWS) taking place in Abu Dhabi this week. Groundwater, largely a non-renewable resource, is currently relied on for a number of needs in Abu Dhabi, including agricultural and forestry. It is also conserved as a strategic reserve of fresh ...  >>MORE

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Nahyan opens Abu Dhabi International Environment Film Festival


Youth plant 120 damas trees at Jebel Ali landfill


EAD strengthens its Emergency Management Strategy, launches Emergency Operations Centre


Adding life to life: du to cut 12,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions


UAE has taken major strides towards diversification of energy mix: Bin Fahad


New ‘eco’' carpet could help ease pressure on UAE landfill sites


Emirates to support green projects


CAG, Dubai Carbon Centre sign deal for UAE carbon market


Abu Dhabi reaffirms UNEP Partnership for Sustainable Future


Drydocks World and Maritime World launch Dubai Maritime Green Initiative to propagate environmental excellence


Sharjah taxis to run on natural gas


Minister of Environment takes part in UN's General Assembly high-level dialogue on Water in New York


UAE's Mangrove and Alhafeya Protected Area in Sharjah enlisted as Ramsar Site 2013


Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi educates next generation on water conservation


Blue carbon acts as mitigator of climate change


Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi on groundwater tapping alert


EAD and ADEC discuss embedding environmental education within Abu Dhabi school curricula


Abu Dhabi to host first environment film fest


Razan Al Mubarak will head jury for Abu Dhabi International Environmental Film Festival


Minister of Environment issues resolution on hazardous waste transport


EAD seeks to preserve and develop groundwater resources


EAD wins regional award for environmental work


Environment film festival launches UAE contest


RTA endorses operation of 20 petrol-electric hybrid vehicles in Dubai Taxi


UAE's Ecological Footprint Initiative highlighted


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi website wins best media coverage award


UAE calls for collective regional action to address sand and dust storms


RTA’s green initiatives help reduce Dubai’s carbon footprint


DTCM's 'We Are Green' exhibition in April


Dubai observes Car Free Day reducing 14 tones carbon emission


Top governments officials ride metro to mark Car Free Day 2013


Car-Free Day gets bigger


EAD celebrates 16th National Environment Day


Khalifa calls for developing and conserving desert resources


Environment day to focus on desert life


Conservation of biodiversity a key priority: Hamdan bin Zayed


Abu Dhabi research centre to help scientists understand climate change


UAE launches 16th Environment Day


UAE firms praised for cutting carbon footprint by over 10%


DUBAL project to reduce greenhouse gas emission


Importance of groundwater as a key national strategic resource highlighted