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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - ENVIRONMENT

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

Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing launches the first "Dubai Green Festival"

Posted on 07/01/2013

In line with all the efforts to protect the environment in the United Arab Emirates in general and in Dubai in specific and with the vision of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing launches "Dubai Green Festival" activities in April 2013 for seven exciting days in various locations across Dubai. DTCM has initiated this festival as a commitment to the UAE Vision ...  >>MORE

Sharjah authority gives away ghaf tree seeds in environmental campaign

Posted on 01/01/2013

The Environmental and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has designed brochures, booklets and CDs, as well as boxes containing ghaf tree (Prosopis cineraria) seeds, as part of its sixth environmental awareness campaign for desert-goers. The campaign will run until February 13. The brochures and booklets are titled "Sharjah and its role in preventing environmental degradation in desert areas” and include the types of violations and the fines, depending on their severity. Fines start from Dh500 ...  >>MORE

UAE to harvest freshwater from fog

Posted on 24/12/2012

Preventing deadly road accidents and flight delays during foggy weather is a major concern in the UAE. Apart from addressing that concern, a real-time fog detection and monitoring tool being developed in the UAE will generate freshwater from fog. No time was set to implement the project, but serious research started yesterday. The research is progressing at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to derive twin ...  >>MORE

Biodegradable bags to become compulsory across the UAE

Posted on 18/12/2012

Biodegradable plastic carrier bags will become compulsory in all supermarkets in the new year, despite concerns by some experts that they might not be as environmentally friendly as first thought. Many supermarkets have already switched to oxo-biodegradable bags, which break down much faster than normal plastic ones. The Ministry of Environment and Water has said it will ban the supply and use of non-biodegradable plastic bags from January 1. The new rules were brought in after it was found ...  >>MORE

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi makes latest data available with Enviro-Portal

Posted on 12/12/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) yesterday launched its Enviro-Portal - a website that features the latest environmental data and information on the geographic distribution of flora, fauna, marine habitats and protected areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The announcement was made during EAD's participation at the ESRI Middle East and Africa User Conference (MEAUC) on geographic information system (GIS) technology solutions, which is being held in Abu Dhabi at the Abu Dhabi National ...  >>MORE

UAE has launched renewable energy initiatives, says Environment Minister

Posted on 06/12/2012

Doha: UAE Environment and Water Minister Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, has said the UAE takes special interest in the climate change issue. He added the country has launched in recent years a number of initiatives in the areas of renewable energy and sustainable development that contribute effectively to curbing of the carbon dioxide emissions. "We believe in the UAE that reaching consensus on the climate change issue will allow us to go further ahead than each country takes a lonely initiative". ...  >>MORE

UAE Environment Minister leads UAE delegation to COP18/CMP8 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha

Posted on 05/12/2012

Doha: UAE Environment and Water Minister Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd, attended yesterday evening the inaugural session of the COP18/CMP8 UN Climate Change Conference at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar attended the opening session. The UAE delegation includes, UAE Ambassador to Qatar Jumaa Rashid Saif Al Dhahiri and Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and Chief Executive Officer of ...  >>MORE

World Future Council issues Abu Dhabi recommendations on climate change

Posted on 29/11/2012

The World Future Council (WFC) has called in its closing sixth meeting for quick intervention to address the environment issues, especially the climate change. It said in a statement: "A commitment must be renewed to work with policy and decision makers at the international level to maintain a healthy planet for future generations", stressing the warnings of World Bank of severe damaging effects of high temperature that has increased four degrees Celsius. The statement emphasised that "rapid ...  >>MORE

Sustainable homes see green building take shape in the UAE

Posted on 20/11/2012

Amid the sand dunes deep in the desert outside Al Ain, hundreds of labourers are hard at work on a project the Abu Dhabi Government hopes will change the face of living in the emirate. As cars roll down a track past hundreds of partially completed sand-coloured mansions, one of Abu Dhabi's first environmentally friendly Emirati homes looms into view. The 1,022-villa Al Ain Ghareba scheme, being built by the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and the developer Sorouh, is part of the first ...  >>MORE

Green plan to see mangrove plants enrich Al Gharbia’s Al Mirfa coastline

Posted on 20/11/2012

The Western Region Development Council (WRDC) recently organised an environment-friendly initiative in Al Gharbia to plant 10,000 mangrove saplings along the coast of Al Mirfa. Al Mirfa area is home to captivating mangrove forests and is considered to be one of the main areas in the emirate best suited for mangroves plantation. The activity was carried out in partnership with the Environment Authority in Abu Dhabi (EAD) and included the participation of employees from WRDC and from the Rulers ...  >>MORE

Registration continues for EAD's nation-wide annual Environment Competition

Posted on 08/11/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is giving an opportunity for students from across the UAE to take part in the 12th edition of its Annual Environment Competition. To date, 250 institutions have registered and entries will begin being accepted as of December 1st. EAD recently held an orientation session for those registered to present the competition theme and entry categories. Schools and universities will continue to be ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host sustainability forum

Posted on 29/10/2012

Abu Dhabi will host the annual general meeting of the World Future Council (WFC) as the event comes to the Middle East for the first time next month. Prominent personalities from across the globe will lend their voices to the forum which advocates the interests of future generations in sustainable policy-making, The meeting titled ‘Securing Our World: The Crucial Next 5 years' will be held from November 21 to 25. WFC has successfully inspired several governments to frame legislations and ...  >>MORE

United Arab Emirates chosen council member of Global Green Growth Institute

Posted on 27/10/2012

Seoul: The United Arab Emirates was unanimously chosen to the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) foundational Council, the international organization's executive organ, as part of the Institute's high-profile formal establishment and inaugural ceremony today in Seoul. GGGI is the world's newest multilateral organization and a pioneer of the "green growth" economic model recently endorsed as a key development approach at the United Nations Rio+20 Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi organisations are eco-friendly thanks to initiative

Posted on 04/10/2012

Many government and private organisations in Abu Dhabi have started using recycled paper and cutting their energy consumption thanks to a new initiative called ‘sustainable procurement', officials said on Wednesday. The use of recycled paper and less energy consumption curtails deforestation and carbon emissions. ‘Sustainable procurement' is a flagship programme of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group (ADSG) which comprises government and private organisations. The programme encourages ...  >>MORE

Website launched for publicity activities of EnviroCities- 2012

Posted on 25/09/2012

A website has been launched for publicity activities of EnviroCities- 2012, the third International Environmental Conference slated to be held from 3 -5 December at Le Meridien Madina Hotel, KSA. Dubai Municipality, Al Madinah Regional Municipality (KSA) and The Environmental Centre for Arab Towns are jointly organising the conference under the title, "Climate Change: The Role of Cities". Obeid Salem Al Shamsi, Asst. Director General, Dubai Municipality said this after the sixth sitting of ...  >>MORE

Global online campaign aims at planting 20,000 trees

Posted on 24/09/2012

A campaign aimed at planting 20,000 trees through "One-Like-One-Tree Facebook Campaign” was launched globally on Sunday to join the fight against climate change. Through the launch of the campaign, a firm has pledged to plant one tree for every "Like” received. By just a simple click of the "Like” button, Facebook users can plant a tree, not a virtual tree, but a real one. "This is part of our effort to encourage our fans to actively play a part towards conserving the environment,” said ...  >>MORE

Razan Al Mubarak stresses importance of nature conservation at prestigious international congress

Posted on 18/09/2012

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) has joined leading minds in the world of conservation and environmentalism at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress which took place in Jeju, Korea. Al Mubarak was the only representative from the Arab region to speak on the panel, Nature+: Saving nature, why bother?'. The IUCN Congress, which takes place every four years, provides decision-makers with a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi authority converts its vehicles to run on green energy

Posted on 13/09/2012

The Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA) has converted 20 of its 500 plus fleet of vehicles to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as part of the authority's commitment to environmental protection and reduction of harmful emissions. About 20 per cent of the authority's vehicles will converted to run on CNG by the end of 2015, said a press release issued by the authority yesterday. It is being done in strategic partnership with Al Wathba Central Services, which provides free training and ...  >>MORE

Green projects extended to unite UAE in recycling

Posted on 11/09/2012

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) has extended three projects designed to inform people about the importance of recycling. Volunteers who take part in the initiatives – the Neighbourhood Recycling Project, One Root, One Communi-tree, and Your Can for a Tree – will be recognised for their efforts in the Clean Up UAE campaign to be held on December 12. "We want to unite all sectors of the society,” said Habiba Al Marashi, chairwoman of the group. "In a multinational, transient society you ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi launches labelling for green products

Posted on 20/08/2012

Environmentally-conscious residents can soon easily identify green products in the market thanks to a new label issued by the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC). The QCC, which is responsible for the development of quality infrastructure and raising awareness on quality in Abu Dhabi, has announced the launch of "Trustmark for Environmental Performance”. It is a new application of the Abu Dhabi Trustmark that certifies products for compliance to environmental and sustainability ...  >>MORE

Emirates CMS Power Company becomes the first UAE-based firm meeting global VCS

Posted on 13/08/2012

Emirates CMS Power Company (ECPC), a combined cycle power and desalination plant operating in Al Taweelah wholly-owned by the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, has received 36,436 VCUs to date in certificates - currently trading at over US$13 each - to sell on the open market. ECPC became the first UAE-based company to be registered as meeting global Verified Carbon Standard criteria, receiving Carbon Credits to help fund its programme. VCS issues credits relating to the greenhouse ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC’s task force to develop green financing scheme

Posted on 13/08/2012

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, is working with industry partners to develop a green financing scheme that will support the funding of green retrofit projects. In line with its commitment to the UAE's vision of a ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development,' the Council's dedicated task forces are discussing various aspects that will promote the development of ...  >>MORE

Orange slime leaves residue along Jumeirah beachfront

Posted on 07/08/2012

The orange slime that sullied a big stretch of the Jumeirah beachfront has nearly cleared off from the water's surface but left behind a dark tinge. The source of the discharge, which covered an area of almost a kilometre, is still unknown and the Dubai Municipality is conducting investigations regarding the same. The sludge seems to have flowed out from a storm water drainage system in Jumeirah. Dubai Municipality officials have collected samples to determine the composition of the ...  >>MORE

Oily orange glop blankets Jumeirah waters

Posted on 04/08/2012

Municipal investigators are probing a mystery spill of unknown origin discharged into the Gulf waters early Friday off Jumeirah. Blanketing an area the size of a half-dozen football fields, a large copper-orange glop flowed from a stormwater drainage opening and slowly drifted eastward before breaking down in the water later in the day along the Jumeirah beachfront. Municipal staff was dispatched to the scene of contamination and chemical samples were taken to identify the compounds contained ...  >>MORE

EmiratesGBC launches e-library to provide educational resources on sustainability

Posted on 24/07/2012

Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) has launched its Academy page on its official website, which provides technical papers and resources on sustainability. A one-stop-source for publications related to green building practices, the new tool is an extremely valuable resource to the industry. Over 300 technical reports, by different authors, are already available online and can be easily searched with a unique filter feature. The Academy page was created in collaboration with various ...  >>MORE

Implementation of the Green Strategy follow up Office established

Posted on 17/07/2012

Dr. Rashid Ahmed bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water has issued a decision establishing the 'Implementation of the Green Strategy follow up Office'. The office affiliated administratively and technically with the Minister's office and will coordinate at the federal and local level to identify the vision, mission and goals of the "UAE Strategy for Green Development'. The decision stipulates that the office will set up principles, policies and legislative frameworks for the ...  >>MORE

Greater awareness on UAE desert urged

Posted on 10/07/2012

Dr Mohammed Ali Reza Khan, the award-winning nature conservationist at the Dubai Municipality, has called for greater awareness about the flora and fauna of the UAE desert. Speaking at a presentation on UAE natural history to the students of the University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD), Dr Khan said: "Not many people know that the desert is full of life. It comes alive especially at night, teeming with insects, birds, lizards and beetles. There is a need for increased awareness about the wonders ...  >>MORE

Air, water quality good in Dubai

Posted on 09/07/2012

Despite the heavy dust experienced in Dubai last year, the quality of air in the emirate remained good, without any major air pollution, according to its civic body. The Dubai Municipality's Environment Department made this statement in an analytical report of the environmental conditions in 2011. The analysis is based on the existing systems to categorise and examine air types. The report closely analyses various aspects of environment as well as diagnoses challenges so as to support ...  >>MORE

UAE announces "Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week" at Rio+20

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - To continue international dialogue on sustainable development taking place at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the United Arab Emirates has announced the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which will be held between January 13 - 17, 2013. "Through the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, we are providing numerous platforms of dialogue that will address sustainable development. ADSW will be held in continuation of the commendable efforts ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to sustainable development: Sheikha Lubna

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - UAE Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi said the UAE had made great progress in diversifying the base of economy, with oil and gas production, while still very important, now accounts for only about a third of GDP. Addressing a session of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, which ended yesterday, Sheikha Lubna underlined UAE's commitment to sustainable development which shapes the country's domestic policy as well ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Jaber: Immediate action needed for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development

Posted on 24/06/2012

Sao Paolo, Brazil - UAE Special Envoy to Energy and Climate Change Affairs and COE of Masdar Dr. Sultan Al Jaber has stressed the importance of taking immediate action for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development and meeting the needs of the future through the adoption of a diverse energy mix. In an interview given to the Brazilian newspaper 'Estado do Sao Paolo' on the fringes of the Rio+20 Summit, Al Jaber said that Even though the UAE has significantly large hydrocarbon ...  >>MORE

UAE signs agreement to convert Korea's Green Growth Institute into int'l organisation at Rio + 20

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement to convert the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) from a Korean Foundation to an international organisation, which will now include the membership of 17 countries from around the world. The event took place on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which has held in-depth discussions on the concept of green economy as one of the mechanisms to ...  >>MORE

UAE provides insight on "Black Gold and the Green Economy" at Rio+20 Summit

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the Kingdom of Norway, tonight will hosted the official United Nations side event, "Black Gold and the Green Economy: Hydrocarbon Exporters' Perspectives," at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Both the UAE and Norway have emerged as vocal champions of clean energy and green growth through national policy and overseas development assistance, while remaining two of the world's largest and most ...  >>MORE

Sheikha Lubna stresses UAE's keenness on supporting international efforts in promoting sustainability at Rio de Janiero

Posted on 21/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro - Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade, has arrived in Rio de Janiero as head of the United Arab Emirates delegation to take part in Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. She is backed by a delegation representative of more than 20 public and private sector entities from across the country that share the nation's vision for a green economy and are actively working to advance the Rio+20 agenda in support of global ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute, IRENA and stakeholders officially release UAE Solar Atlas at Rio 20 Earth Summit

Posted on 21/06/2012

Rio De Janeiro-Brazil - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and other collaboration partners yesterday jointly announced the official commissioning of the UAE Solar Atlas. The beta version of the Atlas was released earlier in April 2012. The data on solar energy will be freely available online from early 2013 and can be accessed by government organisations or private enterprises for assessing the technical ...  >>MORE

UAE's pavilion at Rio+20 continues receiving international delegates

Posted on 20/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro - Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and CEO of "Masdar" and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy visited UAE's pavilion participating in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20" here in Rio de Janeiro. They were briefed on the information and lectures provided by the pavilion to its visitors especially on introducing UAE's vision on the green economy and its commitment to ...  >>MORE

EAD launches two of its ten Eye on Earth side events at Rio+20

Posted on 19/06/2012

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) under the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), kicked off two of its ten Eye on Earth side events at the Rio+20 Athlete's Park exhibition focusing on the outcomes of Eye on Earth Summit held in Abu Dhabi in December 2011. The eight Eye on Earth Special Initiatives address critical environmental issue areas while the Eye on Earth Summit Declaration reflects the principles needing to be adopted in order to achieve 'access to ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation to attend Rio+20 summit

Posted on 18/06/2012

Top foreign and environmental delegates from the UAE will join more than 100,000 officials attending the Rio+20 Summit in Rio de Janeiro June 20-22. In a high-level delegation led by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials from Masdar in Abu Dhabi as well as the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, will showcase the UAE's leading projects on environmental sustainability ranging from solar power and carbon capture to green cities and alternative energy. The Rio+20 Summit, known formally ...  >>MORE

AUS to set up ecosystem research centre

Posted on 11/06/2012

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), chaired the meeting of the university's Board of Trustees held at the AUS main building on Sunday. Subsequent to the meeting, Dr Peter Heath, Chancellor of AUS, announced that the board had approved the establishment of the Gulf Coastal Ecosystem Research Centre that is envisaged to provide the university and the faculty with research ...  >>MORE

Online interactive atlas launched

Posted on 06/06/2012

Abu Dhabi Information on Abu Dhabi's environmental heritage is just a click away for nature-loving pupils in the emirate — helping them to experience and learn about nature in an entertaining manner. The Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) on Tuesday launched an online interactive version of the popular Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate that was unveiled at the Eye on Earth Summit held in Abu Dhabi in December 2011. The Interactive Atlas is an online resource that takes the user ...  >>MORE

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Importance of groundwater as a key national strategic resource highlighted


Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing launches the first "Dubai Green Festival"


Sharjah authority gives away ghaf tree seeds in environmental campaign


UAE to harvest freshwater from fog


Biodegradable bags to become compulsory across the UAE


Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi makes latest data available with Enviro-Portal


UAE has launched renewable energy initiatives, says Environment Minister


UAE Environment Minister leads UAE delegation to COP18/CMP8 UN Climate Change Conference in Doha


World Future Council issues Abu Dhabi recommendations on climate change


Sustainable homes see green building take shape in the UAE


Green plan to see mangrove plants enrich Al Gharbia’s Al Mirfa coastline


Registration continues for EAD's nation-wide annual Environment Competition


Abu Dhabi to host sustainability forum


United Arab Emirates chosen council member of Global Green Growth Institute


Abu Dhabi organisations are eco-friendly thanks to initiative


Website launched for publicity activities of EnviroCities- 2012


Global online campaign aims at planting 20,000 trees


Razan Al Mubarak stresses importance of nature conservation at prestigious international congress


Abu Dhabi authority converts its vehicles to run on green energy


Green projects extended to unite UAE in recycling


Abu Dhabi launches labelling for green products


Emirates CMS Power Company becomes the first UAE-based firm meeting global VCS


EmiratesGBC’s task force to develop green financing scheme


Orange slime leaves residue along Jumeirah beachfront


Oily orange glop blankets Jumeirah waters


EmiratesGBC launches e-library to provide educational resources on sustainability


Implementation of the Green Strategy follow up Office established


Greater awareness on UAE desert urged


Air, water quality good in Dubai


UAE announces "Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week" at Rio+20


UAE committed to sustainable development: Sheikha Lubna


Sultan Al Jaber: Immediate action needed for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development


UAE signs agreement to convert Korea's Green Growth Institute into int'l organisation at Rio + 20


UAE provides insight on "Black Gold and the Green Economy" at Rio+20 Summit


Sheikha Lubna stresses UAE's keenness on supporting international efforts in promoting sustainability at Rio de Janiero


Masdar Institute, IRENA and stakeholders officially release UAE Solar Atlas at Rio 20 Earth Summit


UAE's pavilion at Rio+20 continues receiving international delegates


EAD launches two of its ten Eye on Earth side events at Rio+20


UAE delegation to attend Rio+20 summit


AUS to set up ecosystem research centre


Online interactive atlas launched