The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project - page 6

Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak
Secretary General
Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Preface
The conservation of the marine and coastal environment of Abu Dhabi is deeply rooted
in our culture. Honouring the legacy of His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al
Nahyan and his bold efforts of mangrove plantations, we proudly embark on new avenues to
protect our natural heritage.
Studying Blue Carbon, the role that these ecosystems play in sequestering and storing atmospheric
carbon, is an exciting opportunity for Abu Dhabi to deepen our understanding of the valuable
services these ecosystems provide to our Emirate and its people. Through their beauty, their
important role in preventing the loss of coastlines and cleaning water, and their habitat function for
fish and iconic marine species such as dugong, mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass continue to
deliver an array of critical contributions to the intricate web of life and living in the Emirate.
Through targeted research and in close consultation with key actors in the Emirate, the
Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi strives to support science-based decision-making that
helps us to build on the value of ecosystems to people’s well-being in Abu Dhabi. The
Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration project is an outstanding example of local,
regional and international cooperation that will advance the science and conservation of
Blue Carbon ecosystems well beyond the Emirate.
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