These local plants and animals are getting new homes

A joint initiative to preserve the UAE’s biodiversity has been launched to share local flora and fauna with international communities. 

Al Maha Diplomacy, a collaboration between the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, will see local plants and animals exported to countries around the world that have been carefully selected to provide appropriate facilities. 

The international hosts will provide nature reserves and sanctuaries where the animals and plants should thrive in appropriate conditions. The vulnerable-classified Arabian Oryx is to be prioritised in these protection efforts as the animal was previously extinct in the wild, only reintroduced into its natural habitat in 1980. 

All information will be provided to the participating countries so they can mimic the natural habitats of the animals to ensure an easy transition and population growth. 

Commenting on the initiative, Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, acting secretary-general of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, said: “The joint Al Maha Diplomacy initiative aligns with the agency’s ongoing drive to conserve flora and fauna on a local and international level. Our efforts have contributed to bringing multiple species back from the verge of extinction, reintroducing them into the wild and increasing their numbers.”

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