The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi won the Distinguished Contribution to Global Biodiversity 2020 award, from the British Capital Finance International CFI.co, after decades of successful work and many important initiatives.
The authority, which is considered the largest environmental legislative authority in the Middle East, was honored for its efforts to preserve biodiversity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Examples of the efforts of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi in preserving biological diversity include its continuing to preserve the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, the founder of the United Arab Emirates, known as the first environmental man, as the authority expanded the network of reserves Nature reserves, including 19 reserves; Thirteen of them are terrestrial, which represent 16.9% of the terrestrial environment, and 6 marine reserves constitute 13.9% of the marine environment area.
The most prominent achievements of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi are its efforts to multiply and resettle the Arabian oryx, which was on the verge of extinction. These efforts contributed to increasing the number of Arabian oryx in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, which today hosts 5,000 heads of this depositary creature, which is considered the largest group of oryx Arab in the world.
The environmental diversity projects of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi exceeded the borders of the UAE, as the authority signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature to release 60 heads of Arabian Oryx in the Shomary Wildlife Reserve over the next two years.
Among the most ambitious joint initiatives to resettle the species in the world is the program for the resettlement of the African Oryx / Abu Harb /, which has succeeded in returning them to their natural habitat in the Republic of Chad after being completely extinct in the wild, bringing the total number to more than 200 heads roaming freely in the Wadi Achim reserve. Chad.
On the local level, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi hosts about 3000 sea cows, which is the second largest concentration of dugongs in the world, and the highest density per square meter in the Arab Gulf region.
More than 700 dolphins have also been recorded, most of them live in marine protected areas in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where Abu Dhabi includes the largest number of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins in the world, 37 endangered porpoises fayamas, and 268 Indian and Pacific bottlenose dolphins.
Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said: Our most important strategic priority and commitment is to preserve biological diversity in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. We have worked hard since the establishment of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi 25 years ago to achieve this goal, and we have achieved more than one success in protecting Biodiversity, and we are honored to be honored by an international magazine such as Capital Finance International for all the great effort made by the body’s team.
Al Dhaheri added: This award serves as a reminder to us that we are on the right path, and it will inspire and encourage us to do more to ensure the creation of a sustainable future for all, so that the younger generations live in an abundance of biodiversity in Abu Dhabi .. We will also aspire to enable future generations to continue Follow in our footsteps, nurturing a generation of young people to make environmental conservation one of their main goals.
Other success stories of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi with regard to biological diversity include: The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve was registered as the first in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries on the Green List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature .. It is also one of the 40 sites in the world that have been designated as an area of environmental importance or Biological, as the reserve is home to thousands of migratory flamingos .. There are about 3,800 registered species in Abu Dhabi, and less than 2% are classified as “threatened” in the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
The Jebel Hafeet National Park in Abu Dhabi is the only site where dwarf palms can be found .. The Arabian lynx was also recently seen in the region for the first time in 35 years, and the park also includes globally threatened species, including the Egyptian eagle.
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