Like many parts of the world, species that were once common in the United Arab Emirates are now endangered or threatened. The hawksbill turtle, dugong, spinner dolphin and fin whale are all part of it, just to name a few. The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and a couple of other environmental establishments in the UAE are doing all they can to combat these threats.
One of EAD’s top priorities is to establish and manage protected areas. There are now 6 main protected areas in Abu Dhabi and 5 national parks are also about to be established, all part of the Abu Dhabi 2030 Plan to provide a rich natural habitat and safe breeding ground for several species.
A lot more can be done to save the UAE’s ecological system from further degradation and ensure the sustainability of the marine and coastal habitats.
Ecobarrier has been experimenting with Ecojackets – marine pile jackets – over the past years by adding them to piles at various locations in the Arabian Gulf. The result: A transformation of the piles into vertical reef with increased biodiversity and productivity. Another step in the right direction.
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