UAE to Plant 10 Mangroves for Every COP28 Attendee

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 06 September 2023 Last update: Friday، 10 November 2023
UAE to Plant 10 Mangroves for Every COP28 Attendee

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it will plant 10 mangrove trees for every visitor to the COP28 climate change summit, which will be held in Abu Dhabi later this year. The mangroves will be planted in the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, a protected area located in the UAE's Al Dhafra region.

The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be held at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023. The summit is expected to attract about 80,000 attendees from around the world, including government representatives, businesses, and civil society organizations.

That could mean that an estimated 800,000 mangrove trees could be planted in Abu Dhabi.

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi plans to plant mangrove trees using drones in the last quarter of this year. The trees will be planted in coastal areas such as Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve, Al Mirfa City, and Jubail Island during the winter months, when the species grows best.

Dr. Shaikha Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of the agency, said the project aims to support the UAE's Year of Sustainability drive, the UAE National Net Zero 2050 initiative, and the UAE's goal of planting 100 million mangroves by 2030.

The project will be a testing ground for new ways to conserve mangroves, mitigate climate change, and raise awareness of their importance. It will also explore new methods for mangrove conservation, climate change mitigation, and public education.

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