Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), held a coastal vulnerability assessment workshop from 9 to 12 May 2016 to introduce stakeholders to the “Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Service and Trade-offs” (InVEST) tool being used in the study. Preliminary results were presented for feedback to the participants, who consisted of representatives from the Ministry, local government and municipalities, academia, private sector and international organisations.
Activities included the validation of the methodology and data as well as the prioritisation of the indicators used in the tool. Participants were given the opportunity to visit the most vulnerable coastal zones in five Emirates across the UAE during a two day field trip. A follow up webinar is anticipated to take place in August to present the refined results