Biodiversity & Natural reserves

    Marine parks bring global boost for fish and finances

    Marine Protected Areas boost fishing and tourism, with profits sometimes in the billions, according to the most comprehensive global assessment of its kind to date. MPAs, or national parks at sea, are found in many of the world’s oceans, with past research showing fully protected areas can help restore fish populations by 500 per cent on average, […]

    Flame-retardant chemicals found in TVs and cars ‘pose global threat to wildlife’

    More than 150 species of wildlife around the world, ranging from belugas to butterflies, are at risk due to contamination from chemicals used in flame-retardant materials, a study said. Research carried out by the Green Science Policy Institute found that these chemicals have reached wildlife across every continent, affecting species on land and in the oceans, such as killer whales, red […]

    Scientists uncover UAE’s ‘alien’ plant invasion

    The UAE prides itself on being a society that welcomes newcomers — a kindness extended even to plants, a study shows. Scientists have found a growing number of “alien” plants are arriving in the Emirates, but not all are proving to be ideal guests. Their research has identified for the first time five species from other parts […]

    EAD highlights Abu Dhabi Marine biodiversity conservation and rehabilitation efforts

    ABU DHABI, 28th July, 2022 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has led a high-profile tour of The National Aquarium attended by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, and Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of EAD, to celebrate Shark Week, held between 24th to 31st July. […]

    Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, partners to develop biodiversity policy

    ABU DHABI, 22nd July, 2022 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) recently held a workshop in the presence of representative stakeholders from institutions and government agencies to consult on the Abu Dhabi Biodiversity Protection Policy. The workshop aimed to present the proposed policy and help organise and promote the sustainable use of […]

    ‘We owe it to our children to preserve our biodiversity,’ says Nahyan bin Mubarak

    ABU DHABI, 5th July, 2022 (WAM) — The threats to the world’s biodiversity continue to grow as a result of climate change and because of the impact of development and a rising global population,” according to Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence. “One essential step we can take is to […]

    Half the insect population wiped out in areas hit by climate warming and intense farming

    Climate change and intensive agricultural practices have wiped out nearly half of the insects in some parts of the world, a report published Wednesday suggests. The warning is the first time a study has tested the link between rising temperatures and land use, and swingeing losses across numerous insect groups around the world. Limited available evidence […]

    UAE’s Wadi Wurayah National Park nominated as World Heritage Site

    Dubai: Wadi Wurayah National Park (WWNP) in Fujiarah, the UAE’s first mountain nature reserve, has been added in the country’s tentative list of nominations for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The nomination of WWNP has been submitted to UNESCO’S World Heritage Centre for assessment on the basis of the “outstanding universal value” of Wadi Wurayah’s […]

    The survey team gathers more than 230 samples in Marmul concession area

    A survey conducted by the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC) has collected over 230 samples that recorded the presence of Arabian wolf, striped hyena, Arabian gazelle, hare, honey badger, red fox, Blandford fox and Ethiopian hedgehog. The National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC) at the Diwan of Royal Court conducted […]

    18 Arabian oryx released into fenced Sealine Reserve

    Have you seen an Arabian Oryx in Qatar yet? How about an ostrich? A deer, may be? If you haven’t, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has got you covered. Its Department of Natural Reserves has released 18 Arabian oryx in to a fenced Sealine Reserve near Mesaieed in a move that will be […]