Contribute to a global snapshot of biodiversity with National Geographic’s Great Nature Project

From 15-25 May 2015, people all over the world are documenting biodiversity as part of a global snapshot for National Geographic’s Great Nature Project. Grab a camera or phone and take photos of wild plants and animals, then upload and share them on The goal of the global snapshot, which is repeated annually, is to document biodiversity all over the world during a specific window of time. Over time, this will provide data that can be used to answer scientific questions or provide useful information to decision-makers. Use the initiative to help keep track of what was documented, see what amazing biodiversity other people observe, and even get help identifying different species.


AGEDI research presented at the Third International Symposium on the Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans

Santos City, Brazil – AGEDI’s regional ocean model on large-scale climate change projections on the Arabian Gulf was presented at the Third International Symposium on Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Ocean in Santos City, Brazil. The Symposium provided an opportunity for the international scientific community to share the latest information, understanding and assessments of the impacts of climate change on oceans worldwide. The event saw 12 sessions covering different but interconnected themes, from physical processes and their interaction with ecosystem dynamics, to resource provision and ocean governance. The regional ocean modelling under climate change is part of AGEDI’s four-year Climate Change Programme.

Middle East’s first Ecocity World Summit calls for abstracts

The next Ecocity World Summit (ECWS), to be hosted in the Middle East for the very first time, has called on the wider community to submit abstracts for papers or presentations at the summit, set to be held in Abu Dhabi from 11 to 13 October 2015. Authors are invited to advance the state of thinking and inspire the next generation of ideas, projects and strategies for eco and smart cities of the future. If selected, authors will be given the unique opportunity to present their work to a top-calibre audience of local and international governmental, academic, private-sector leaders and eco-experts. The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 April 2015. Visit the ECWS page for more information.

Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi to boost environmental information for decision-makers

Over 650 delegates from government, UN bodies, the non-governmental sector, private sector, academia and civil society will gather in Abu Dhabi between 6 and 8 October for the Eye on Earth (EoE) Summit 2015, to bridge the information gap policy-makers face in designing plans for sustainable development.The experts gathered will explore solutions and actions necessary for greater access to, and sharing of, environmental, social and economic data to support sustainable development. The Summit will address the profound impact that rapid economic and industrial development is having on natural resources, biodiversity and consumption patterns around the world. These global challenges require international collaborative action to find transformative solutions that span political boundaries and help secure a sustainable future for all. One of the critical first steps – and the focus of EoE Summit 2015 – is to address the need for evidence-based decision-making that can benefit from the available wealth of scientific data, information and knowledge, if they are made more accessible to all. For more information, visit the EoE website.

AGEDI presents Blue Carbon work at Natural Capital Symposium

Stanford, CA, USA – AGEDI presented its Blue Carbon work at the 2015 Natural Capital Symposium – held at Stanford University – which gathers people from around the world that are working to factor the true value of nature into decision-making. AGEDI participated in the Symposium’s Lightning Talks session,  highlighting its Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project and how the project findings have been used in Abu Dhabi’s coastal ecosystem management and climate change mitigation and development plans.

EAD joins National Geographic to help promote The Great Nature Project

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has joined the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organisation, National Geographic, to help promote The Great Nature Project, an ambitious initiative designed to inspire biodiversity conservation efforts among the public, globally and across the UAE. EAD will champion the project in the UAE, and along with AGEDI and the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, will consolidate efforts to drive awareness on the project through their collective local, regional and international networks.

New infographic released to explain Blue Carbon Ecosystems in Abu Dhabi

A new infographic was released in Abu Dhabi as part of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project, to explain the Blue Carbon Ecosystems in Abu Dhabi and their potential value.

Download the PDF Here:  InfoGraphic explaining Blue Carbon Ecosystems in Abu Dhabi and their potential value (8145 downloads )


Dr. Frederic Launay talks about the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project

Senior Advisor to the Secretary General Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Acting Director of AGEDI.

Dr.Launay shares his thoughts on The Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project.

View on the Blue Carbon Vimeo Channel

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Brochure and Brief Available to download

In just over 40 years, Abu Dhabi has evolved from a small fishing community to the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates of the UAE. With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage and traditions of the people of the UAE.

This national affinity to the sea has led to the initiation of the Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project in order to explore the values which coastal ecosystems provide the UAE, and to help preserve our environmental and cultural heritage. The project will run for 12 months.

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Brochure (9211 downloads ) Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Brief Overview (7600 downloads )

Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate

The Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi is a beautifully bound book that brings the story of Abu Dhabi’s environmental heritage to life in a way that is at once educational and entertaining, factual and surprising, thought-provoking, and inspirational.

The development of the Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate involved over 100 accomplished experts in their field from scientists to storytellers across 65 different organisations, all of whom have shared their knowledge, time and passion to make the Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate a bound account of the emirates history.

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