From initiatives protecting domestic and foreign animals, to studies aimed at understanding various species and partnering with the international community to boost animal welfare programmes – the UAE has done a considerable amount in the fight to safeguard animals here and worldwide.
Reaffirming its commitment to the cause, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment recently marked Gulf Wildlife Day with the goal of strengthening cooperation with neighbouring GCC countries to raise awareness on wildlife conservation.
The occasion is celebrated on 30th December, with the 2017 theme of Towards a Sustainable Natural Life.
Authorities shared their plans to continue developing policies, research activities geared towards the preservation of native species and trade regulations in accordance with international environmental conventions.
To mark the occasion, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi, minister of climate change and environment, also announced the launching of the Wildlife Sustainability Programme.
“The Ministry is coordinating with relevant local authorities to increase the number of natural protected areas in the UAE with the aim of achieving sustainability of threatened species and conserving important natural habitats.
“Protected areas contribute to maintaining environmental balance, safeguarding genetic resources, as well as restoring degraded ecosystems and rehabilitating species at risk of extinction.”