• Environment

    OBG reports on the growing awareness of environmental concerns, how they affect industrial development and the steps being taken to address attendant problems. Many countries are establishing environmental agencies to seek out ways to cut pollution and waste, as well as to introduce conservation and recycling measures.
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In February 2017 the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) released its Strategic Plan 2016-20. This roadmap for development sets out priorities and provides an analysis of the environmental challenges facing the emirate, grouping them into nine areas, ranging from climate change to habitat loss.

 

The landscape of Abu Dhabi was very different 20 years ago. But with a rapidly expanding population, infrastructure and economy, we too have changed beyond recognition since our original mandate as the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency. Our beginnings were rooted in environmental research, and in many ways this has...

 

With a coastline stretching 700 km, Abu Dhabi’s relationship with the sea has long been a key aspect of its culture and economy, and fishing remains a significant trade for Emiratis. In recent times the marine environment has faced multiple threats to its sustainability. A rapidly growing population and economic growth are driving coastal...

Chapter | Environment from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2017

Climate change, dwindling natural resources, pressure on ecosystems from urban expansion, pollution and waste management are all global challenges that are having an impact in Abu Dhabi, whose delicate environment is characterised by extremes of temperature and landscape. Over the last few decades, extraordinary economic and population growth has increased the pressure on this ecosphere, which...

While reduced oil prices are undoubtedly a concern for the emirate’s authorities, economic diversification efforts of recent years mean Abu Dhabi is well placed to weather a prolonged period of subdued prices. Vision 2030 meanwhile contains a raft of goals that will further reduce the emirate’s reliance on hydrocarbons, and continue to foster the emergence of a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy in the years ahead.

 

Over the last three years, the government has accelerated improvements to the country’s recycling, waste management and sanitation infrastructure as part of the roll out of Morocco’s Charter for Environment adopted in 2014 and in preparation for the 22nd UN Conference on Climate Change in Marrakech in November 2016.