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UAE: Abu Dhabi plants 44 million mangroves as part of efforts to combat climate change – News

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Published: Friday, December 15, 2023, 10:13 p.m.

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced on Friday its success in planting 44 million mangroves in the emirate since 2020, as part of the UAE’s efforts to combat climate change.

EAD, in cooperation with the Department of Municipalities and Transport and ADNOC, has successfully planted 23 million mangroves in the last two years (equivalent to 9,200 hectares) as part of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative (ADMI) and the efforts of the state to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 to help achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

This initiative, which supports the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy, aimed to expand the scope and accelerate the process of preserving and restoring mangrove ecosystems and enhance their important and effective role in the fight against climate change. These trees are expected to help store approximately 233,000 tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to the energy consumption of more than 25,000 homes.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, representative of the ruler in the Al Dhafra region and chairman of the board of directors of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), expressed his happiness at this achievement, which coincides with the Year of Sustainability of the UAE: “The tireless efforts The measures taken by Abu Dhabi to plant and preserve mangroves are a continuation of the late Sheikh Zayed’s legacy in improving and maintaining coastal ecosystems.

“Mangroves are among the most productive coastal ecosystems in the world and play a very important role because they provide a variety of environmental and economic services. In addition to the role of mangroves in adapting to climate change and reducing its effects, al capture and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, are considered one of the essential ecosystems for the life of many marine organisms, including those at risk of extinction.”

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Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and UAE Special Envoy for Climate, Group CEO and CEO of Adnoc, said: “We applaud this important achievement which coincides with the ‘Year of Sustainability’. ‘ and confirms our commitment to supporting the UAE’s efforts to protect the environment and natural habitats by utilizing nature-based solutions to reduce the consequences of climate change and improve biodiversity.

“As part of its continuous efforts to achieve the objectives of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative, Adnoc, through its cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency, has contributed for more than a decade to supporting mangrove cultivation “We will continue to collaborate and work with EAD and other stakeholders and use the latest technologies to enable a more sustainable future.”

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “The UAE is expanding mangrove planting as one of the nature-based solutions to address climate change, as they are natural carbon sinks, capable of sequestering huge amounts of carbon, in addition to their benefits in improving coastal ecosystems, Abu Dhabi’s success in planting 23 million mangroves represents a significant addition to the UAE’s goal of planting 100 million trees by 2030 to “help achieve the UAE’s NetZero 2050 Strategy and serve as a committed partner in driving global climate action.”

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