x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Dh700,000 'eco-fund' for schools

The EAD's Sustainable Schools Initiative encourages each school to carry out a green audit of its premises to create new targets in areas such as limiting waste and water consumption.

ABU DHABI // The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy are hoping a Dh700,000 "eco-fund" announced yesterday will help promote environmental standards in 130 schools, while fostering children's awareness of wildlife and ecological diversity.

The EAD's Sustainable Schools Initiative encourages each school to carry out a green audit of its premises to create new targets in areas such as limiting waste and water consumption.

The audits can also record use of pesticides and fertilisers in green areas and log the numbers of birds, insects and other animals found on school grounds.

Eduardo Goncalves, the director of the environmental sector at the EAD, said that soon after launching the initiative in 2009, it became evident that without funding the "eco-clubs" were limited in their ability to spread awareness.

With the funding, available to 130 intermediate and secondary schools, each eco-club will be expected to hold at least two environmental events throughout the year and organise a major outreach event aimed at students and the broader community.

"We believe that empowering our youth with knowledge today will lead them to become environmental leaders tomorrow," Mr Goncalves said.

Dr Lamya Faisal, the head of the environment programme at the foundation, hopes the funds can have a significant impact.

"We hope through these activities we promote environmental education in our schools and encourage sustainable behaviour among our students and the community," she said.

 

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