AGEDI releases findings on valuation of the Emirate’s coastal ecosystems

Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), today released the findings of its Ecosystem Services Assessment as part of Phase II of its Blue Carbon Project. The assessment explored how much stakeholders would be willing to accept as compensation for inability to access coastal waterways that provide amenity services, such as tourism, recreation or fishing, for an extended period of time. The lack of access was presented as a result Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs – also known as red tides) as a proxy, though disruption of amenity service can result from a variety of other causes. The assessment also studied willingness to pay for the sites’ preservation.

Click the below to view the report summaries:

Executive Summary Ecosystem Services Assessment 

Decision-maker Summary – Ecosystem Services Assessment