UAE plants 10 mangrove trees for each COP28 visitor

  • Date: 01-Apr-2024
  • Source: Khaleej Times
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UAE plants 10 mangrove trees for each COP28 visitor

Published: Mon 1 Apr 2024, 3:34 PM

Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi has planted 850,000 mangrove trees along Abu Dhabi emirate’s coastal areas as part of the ‘Ghars Al Emarat’ (UAE Planting) initiative to plant 10 mangroves for each visitor to COP28 at Expo City Dubai.

The UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai hosted about 85,000 participants last year. Using innovative methods like drone seeding, the mangrove trees were planted in locations that offered the most suitable environments for growth, like Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Al Mirfa City, and Jubail Island. The rate of carbon uptake by trees is estimated at one tonne per 5,000 mangroves. The initiative will help absorb 170 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere annually.

This initiative reinforces the UAE’s commitment to achieving climate neutrality and promoting the adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce the effects of climate change. It has been implemented under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of EAD’s board of directors.

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Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General, EAD, said: “This initiative comes as a continuation of the efforts initiated by the