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Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed and Prince William discuss sustainability initiatives

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed and Prince William discussed efforts and initiatives to promote sustainability globally. During the meeting, they were briefed on the efforts made by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi to protect the environment and promote biodiversity.

Coinciding with Prince William’s visit, the Mangrove Initiative – Abu Dhabi was launched, which aims to strengthen the emirate’s position as a leading global center for research and innovation in the field of mangrove conservation.

The initiative is being implemented by the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with the Zoological Society of London, which is sponsored by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. In preserving the environment, in addition to establishing an advanced mangrove nursery in Abu Dhabi to become a center for research and studies.

The initiative will enable, through research and innovation, to find innovative solutions to expand the protection of mangroves worldwide as one of the most important natural solutions for biodiversity, overcoming the effects of climate change, and reducing the carbon footprint, in addition to being natural habitats for biodiversity and a sustainable source of income for local communities in different parts of the world.

The parties concerned with cooperating in this project will work to build a joint research program to support the assessment of blue carbon storage in different regional ecosystems, and to support the translation of scientific efforts into realistic policy and practices, as well as to cooperate in developing standardized methods for assessing mangroves in a way that allows comparison of the relevant data.

Relying on the Mangrove Initiative – Abu Dhabi as a research and development center, the association will work with growers and nurseries to develop knowledge, promote joint cooperation and exchange experiences.

The initiative also seeks to provide training opportunities and provide technical advice and expertise on the mechanism of protecting and preserving mangroves locally and internationally.

It is noteworthy that the Jubail mangrove park was opened in Abu Dhabi in January 2020 to support efforts to protect biodiversity and to raise awareness of the importance of the mangrove ecosystem in the emirate, and to protect them as an important natural heritage.

The park embraces many species of birds, terrestrial and marine creatures, and extends over an area of ​​two kilometres, where visitors can learn about the importance of the ecological functions of mangrove habitats to protect and support biodiversity.

Mangrove forests are found along coastal areas that are affected by tidal factors and play a vital role in protecting coasts from storms and floods. They also constitute habitats for wildlife and contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change by storing carbon at a rate four times greater than the carbon stored by tropical forests.

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