Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Government policy and emerging technologies support drive towards environmental sustainability

5 May 2020

In this Global Platform video, Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, discusses the emirate’s pioneering efforts to conserve water supplies, replenish fish stocks and protect natural habitats. Abu Dhabi is also finalising the emirate’s first single-use plastics policy, which aims not only to reduce their consumption but also demonstrate leadership as a responsible producer of plastics. Emerging technologies, such as big data, artificial intelligence and robotics are set to play a significant role in achieving environmental sustainability.

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Our vision here in the Environment Agency is towards a sustainable environment for a sustainable future and this is how it reflects how much premium we place on environmental sustainability. We proudly, in 2019, completed a comprehensive inventory study of our groundwater resources, as well as work on the strategic water reservoir in the Liwa area. The project is designed to store over 25 million cu metres of desalinated water in underground reservoirs, which is one of a kind around the world. We will also expand on our protected areas by up to 40% by 2022, and we will have a very advanced gene bank with a functional geonomics facility. We already have native plant nurseries producing nearly 400 plants a year and we are hoping to expand it to reach up to one million saplings a year.

Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

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