Emirates News Agency – “Abu Dhabi Environment” participates in the Conference of States Parties to “COP26” in Glasgow

Emirates News Agency – “Abu Dhabi Environment” participates in the Conference of States Parties to “COP26” in Glasgow
Emirates News Agency – “Abu Dhabi Environment” participates in the Conference of States Parties to “COP26” in Glasgow

Glasgow, 1st November / WAM / The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi is participating in the official delegation of the country headed by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and the office of the UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change to the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) hosted by Glasgow, Scotland in From October 31 to November 12, in partnership with Italy.

The authority is represented by Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. The authority participates in various discussions related to climate change, including adaptation to its effects and methodological issues.

The authority is the sponsor of climate action in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and is one of the main supporters of the UAE’s bid to host the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) in 2023 in Abu Dhabi, which will be voted on during the conference, where the winning country will be announced to host the twenty-eighth session of the Conference of the Parties on the last day From the Glasgow Conference.

Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri said: “The authority is always keen to achieve compatibility with the ambitious vision of the UAE and the aspirations of its wise leadership regarding climate change.”

She added, “We have established a close partnership with local and federal government agencies to push collective action against climate change in line with our main tasks. We also support the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment during its participation in this conference.”

She said the UAE affirmed its commitment and leadership in the field of climate change at the beginning of October and being the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to announce its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, which the Environment Agency will support the implementation of this strategy at the local level in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

She indicated that the authority is currently working on developing a climate change policy in Abu Dhabi in consultation with its strategic partners, as this policy will address the challenges and opportunities of climate change in Abu Dhabi, taking into account social and cultural drivers, and balancing the needs of society and preserving the environment.

The policy will also be an important platform to ensure that the Authority and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi play a leading role in achieving the goals of the climate neutrality strategy in the Emirates by 2050 and making them a reality in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

During the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi will highlight a series of projects such as the unique Abu Dhabi Center for Plant Genetic Resources of the Authority, which will be launched during the next year and aims to document the genetic resources of local plants and their diversity, study and preserve important plant species through the use of an integrated approach Includes internal and external conservation methods for these types of plants in order to preserve biological diversity.

This center is considered the first project of its kind in the region and aims to preserve the plant biodiversity in the UAE and the region, to reproduce it in nature, and to protect endangered species.

During the conference, Dr. Sheikha Al Dhaheri will also review the achievements she made in implementing the African Oryx (Harab) Resettlement Program, which is the most ambitious large mammal resettlement program in the world. The project includes the resettlement of the African Oryx, which is one of the species that was on the verge of extinction, and the improvement of the chances of its survival and spread in its natural environments.

The authority will also highlight its plan to build and develop a research vessel, which is considered the most advanced and developed in the Middle East… The 50-meter high research vessel is the latest in the region and is a multi-purpose vessel that will be used to pioneer the research carried out by the authority in ocean sciences and fisheries in the region. Deep waters, which are distinguished by the use of technologies that preserve the sustainability of the environment, will be used to conduct specialized research in the Arabian Gulf, the hottest sea in the world, and a natural laboratory for climate change – as part of the UAE’s scientific and innovative initiatives.

The ship is part of EAD’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment, marine biodiversity and ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Through the ship, the authority will be able to complete its studies of the marine environment and fisheries in the previously studied waters, which are 10 meters deep and deeper. The ship will contribute to supporting the authority’s efforts to respond to threats to the marine environment, including marine pollution, climate change and invasive marine species.

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