x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Abu Dhabi to plant two million mangroves by 2014

At least two million mangroves will be planted around Abu Dhabi's coast to preserve the emirate's sustainability.

Abu Dhabi // At least two million mangroves will be planted around the emirate’s coasts by the end of next year.

The project aims to curb the deterioration of the vital habitat and preserve the sustainability of Abu Dhabi.

About 350,000 mangroves have already been planted in Al Mughaira and Al Mirfa under the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, or Ead, initiative.

And one million are expected to be planted by December, according to Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National.

The planting is designed to stop the loss of the habitats due to large-scale and intensive development in various parts of the emirate, said Razan Al Mubarak, secretary general of Ead.

“The survival of the mangroves in the coastal ecosystem is the key to preserving sustainability in our emirate and to guarantee a better environmental future,” Ms Al Mubarak said.

The mangroves are known for their ability to store and insulate carbon on a continuous basis and at a much faster pace compared to tropical forests, which helps reduce the impact on climate change, she said.

The plan is being implemented under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.