Sheikh Mohammed establishes Environmental Protection Authority

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has announced the establishment of the Emirate’s Environmental Protection and Climate Change Authority. Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani has been appointed director general.

The new authority will be tasked with promoting sustainable environmental development practices, preserving biodiversity and increasing the number of green spaces and nature reserves.

The Authority’s main goal is to double the emirate’s green spaces and increase the number of protected areas and nature reserves by 60 per cent by 2040. The environmental organisation will prioritise the conservation of water resources and the implementation of sustainable waste management policies.

The body will also assist decision-makers in formulating development policies, planning processes and strategic goals to ensure the protection of biodiversity, mitigate climate change and improve food security.

All of this will contribute to Dubai’s green targets, which include a 100 per cent clean energy transition by 2050 and a 90 per cent improvement in air quality, as recommended by the World Health Organisation, by 2033.

In cooperation with key financial and economic organisations, the Authority will support green finance initiatives and encourage the financial sector and banks to prioritise green projects.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, supported the emirate’s ambition to become one of the world’s greenest cities, and take a leading position in sustainable development. He said Dubai has set a goal of becoming one of the world’s top 10 cities in terms of environmental and resource sustainability by 2033.

Source: The National

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