Arab Environment Capital

Abu Dhabi gets the title of Arab Environment Capital

The General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and the Council of Arab Ministers have named Abu Dhabi the Arab Environment Capital for 2023 in recognition of the emirate’s environmental achievements.

The organisation also recognised the emirate’s efforts to combat climate change and the implementation of related initiatives and projects that contribute to improving the quality of life of the people.

Abu Dhabi received a global award for its coastal and marine ecosystem restoration programmes and Bu Tinah Island was included in UNESCO’s list of natural wonders, reflecting the emirate’s efforts to preserve nature reserves.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler’s representative in the Al Dhafra region and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD), said the emirate’s achievements in environmental protection and combating climate change are the result of the wise vision and guidance of the country’s leadership led by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

The Sheikh also added that the award is the result of the joint efforts of Abu Dhabi’s public and private bodies, sectors and institutions to conserve natural resources and improve the environment.

It is an example of how the Emirate’s determination, effective planning and efficient implementation of large-scale sustainable development initiatives can benefit future generations.

Abu Dhabi won the competition organised by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment at its 34th session in Muscat last year, which coincided with two important local and global events: the UAE declared 2023 as the Year of Sustainable Development under the banner of Today for Tomorrow, and hosted the COP28 climate summit.

Thanks to programmes targeting students, youth, employees and ordinary residents, commitment to environmental behaviour in the emirate has increased from 55% in 2012 to 78% in 2021.

Source: Gulf News

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