Ambitious goals to improve conservation in the UAE

The UAE community is a key driver in achieving current and future environmental goals on a national level, according to a new sustainability survey.

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Released by the Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF), the 2017 Annual Report highlights public engagement and awareness as a focal point of conservation and sustainability efforts in all sectors, including business, education and individual.

From building corporate social responsibility programmes to green volunteering, citizen science and school platforms, the organisation will continue this momentum in 2018 with the launch of a new education programme for young people. Established with the aim of inspiring youth to take an interest in their natural world, the programme will be based on three pillars: explore, empower and engage.

The report also revealed that exploring the potential of alternative vehicle technologies such as electric cars will be a focus for the next year. Diversification of energy sources and the continued development of a renewable energy policy will also take priority.

With almost 70 percent of EWS-WWF’s expenditure last year going to conservation programmes, safeguarding our biodiversity will also be high on the agenda. Ongoing projects include protecting critically endangered species such as green turtles, as well as funding research into local terrestrial and marine species.

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