His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change & Environment, announced the launch of two environmental initiatives by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOCCAE) for 2018 that has been declared the Year of Zayed. The first initiative will include planting 30,000 mangrove trees, the second to cultivate coral gardens, both geared to developing the coastal and marine areas in the United Arab Emirates.
Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “The two initiatives are part of the Ministry’s strategy for 2017-2021, which aims to achieve the sustainability of natural ecosystems, conserving biodiversity and reducing the impacts of climate change. Both initiatives contribute to safeguarding biodiversity in the country, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the air through the sequestration of carbon dioxide – these initiatives support the country in achieving the goal of sustainability as outlined in the UAE Vision 2021. The Ministry will coordinate with local authorities in each emirate to determine the locations to implement the initiatives.”