The Year of Zayed is off to a green start with two new nationwide initiatives to protect the biodiversity of the UAE coastline.
Over the course of the next year, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment aims to plant 30,000 new mangrove trees across the country in a bid to safeguard the natural coastal ecosystem, as well as boost local coral species with a cultivation project.
The move celebrates Sheikh Zayed’s legacy of conservation, as well as falling in line with the UAE Vision 2021 to protect local biodiversity.
Commenting on the drive to protect marine species, Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment, said: “The two initiatives are part of the ministry’s strategy for 2017-2021, which aims to achieve the sustainability of natural ecosystems, conserving biodiversity and reducing the impacts of climate change.
“Both initiatives contribute to safeguarding biodiversity in the country and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the air through the sequestration of carbon dioxide. These initiatives support the country in achieving the goal of sustainability as outlined in the UAE Vision 2021.”