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Maryam Al Muhairi calls on climate experts to promote “nature-based solutions” to tackle climate change



Maryam Al Muhairi calls on climate experts to promote “nature-based solutions” to tackle climate change

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment today organized the third council under the “Council of Change Makers” initiative at the Al Ittihad Events Hall in Umm Al Quwain. COP28″ Consists of eight councils that meet before the start of the Conference of the Parties COP28 in the Emirates later this month, with the participation of local leaders and innovators in the climate sector from government, the private sector, industry, academia and other key sectors..

Following the UAE’s recent launch of the UAE Strategy for Climate Neutrality 2050, it sets out a comprehensive government action plan to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Change and reduce its effects..

Mariam Bint Mohammed Al Muhairi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment presided over the event, which was attended by the Director General of Umm Al Quwain Municipality Department, Eng. Ahmed Ibrahim Obaid Ali Al Ali and Managing Director Ahmad Al Hashimi were present. Department of Landscape and Marine Biodiversity at the Environment Institute, Abu Dhabi..

During the assembly, Maryam Al Muhairi said: “Nature-based solutions are a powerful and effective tool to address climate change and reduce its impacts. Umm Al Quwain is a living example of how these solutions can be studied, implemented and strategically supported. A more sustainable future.”“.

He added: “Our national plan to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 has full support here at Umm Al Quwain, and I would like to thank all those responsible and participants in this plan for prioritizing efforts to plant mangroves to protect and expand coastal forests. , which play an important role as major carbon storage sites.” Generally“.

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He continued: “As we move into a new era of concrete efforts and actions led by the UAE Strategy for Climate Neutrality 2050, we must continue to harness the power of nature. Climate change.”“.

The UAE makes effective use of natural systems such as mangroves and coral reefs, acting as natural buffers against sea level rise, reducing the risk of coastal erosion and protecting vulnerable coastal communities..

He stressed: “Ensuring the long-term success of nature-based solutions requires collaboration, research and effective policy implementation because we must protect these ecosystems.”“.

He concluded: “Before holding a conference of parties, we must ask ourselves. COP28 In our ongoing fight against climate change, how can we promote local solutions and commit to removing barriers to achieving a sustainable future?“.

For his part, His Excellency Engineer Ahmad Ibrahim Al stressed that municipalities have a key role in promoting nature-based solutions in the UAE, particularly Umm Al Quwain Emirate. Expanding their participation and cooperation in planting mangrove trees… His Excellency pointed out that climate action takes time and more community education efforts are needed to ensure that these efforts continue for generations to come..

For his part, Ahmad Al Hashemi pointed out that Abu Dhabi Emirate has a strategic approach to protect nature by expanding mangrove cultivation, of which 23 million trees have been planted so far. Tree planting technology introduced using drones.

At the same time, he emphasized that Abu Dhabi’s efforts are not limited to protecting nature, but benefiting from it economically, pointing to the success of honey production experiments in mangrove forests. He pointed out that the success of such projects requires expanding the scope of experiments and funding modern technology to contribute to the success of various ambitious initiatives and projects. Al-Hashemi also pointed to the need for a concrete increase in scientific research supporting nature-based solutions within research centers and universities..

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During this session, participants reviewed the challenges and opportunities related to climate change and the implementation of nature-based solutions to protect the environment. They discussed the economic and social benefits associated with nature-based solutions in the UAE and how these solutions contribute to the well-being of local communities..

The session concluded with a request for participants to share current or planned projects and strategies related to nature-based solutions to achieve the country’s goals on sustainability and climate action in the UAE, particularly in Umm al-Quwain. Climate finance for nature conservation is similar to efforts to reduce emissions and sustainable food security..

It also explored how to use modern technology to restore nature and increase the area of ​​forests, which are an important habitat for many species, while giving small and medium enterprises the opportunity to play a greater role in the sector. The Council also discussed designing an integrated system that brings together decision makers, entrepreneurs and relevant economic and financial institutions to start and expand businesses that support the country’s efforts to conserve nature and biodiversity..

The council also discussed the need to work to integrate nature with urban life within cities by expanding major parks and gardens, in which community members can find a natural outlet, and improving community life by improving air quality and others..

The “Council of Change Makers” initiative series reflects… COP28″ The Ministry is keen to consolidate the model of open and exceptional leadership followed by the UAE in addressing challenges, particularly the environment and climate, and which also highlights the aspirations of the Conference of Parties. COP28 Providing a comprehensive platform for influential collaborative and collaborative work.

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The idea of ​​a “Council of Change Makers” took root… COP28″ In the tradition of UAE society, based on the culture of councils, it has spread as forums for dialogue to embrace different segments of society for consultation and finding solutions to pressing challenges..

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A 4,000-tonne Emirati aid ship departed from Fujairah in support of the Palestinian brothers.



A 4,000-tonne Emirati aid ship departed from Fujairah in support of the Palestinian brothers.

An Emirati aid ship loaded with 4,016 tons of humanitarian supplies left this afternoon for Al-Arish in preparation for their entry into the Gaza Strip, as part of the humanitarian operation “Qaland Night 3” implemented by His Highness. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, head of state, “may God protect him”, to support the people, brother Palestinians in the Gaza Strip..

The ship, which departed from Fujairah port, carried 3,465 tonnes of food, 420 tonnes of shelter and 131 tonnes of medical aid, both donated by the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and the Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs. The Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Foundation, in addition to the Emirates Red Crescent Authority, for charitable and humanitarian work..

The Head of State, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God protect him, last November 5 ordered the Joint Operations Command of the Ministry of Defense to launch “The Gallant Night 3”, a humanitarian operation to support the Brotherhood. Humanitarian support to the Palestinian people, in cooperation with humanitarian agencies in the country..

The UAE’s total aid to the fraternal Palestinian people before December 1 was more than 2,681 tons, while the total number of aircraft in the UAE airlift reached 92 aircraft..

The UAE’s commitment embodies the values ​​of solidarity and synergy with the brotherly Palestinian people, based on a long history of relief and humanitarian work during which the UAE is keen to provide all possible support..

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As aggression on Gaza resumes… Withdrawal, withdrawal, condemnations from climate conference in Dubai



As aggression on Gaza resumes… Withdrawal, withdrawal, condemnations from climate conference in Dubai

A devastating Israeli resumption of war in Gaza on Friday overshadowed the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, with some delegates walking out, leaders canceling their speeches and others not attending the event.

In his speech, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “As a result of Israel’s occupation, we cannot avoid facing the humanitarian crisis in our neighboring Palestinian territories, which cannot be justified under any circumstances.” He considered it a “crime against humanity and a war crime”.

In turn, the presidents of Colombia and Cuba described the war as “genocide”.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, was not included in the final list of speakers after his name appeared.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was scheduled to be the first speaker, but did not attend the summit.

“As we see in the region, conflicts are causing great suffering and emotion,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the summit. “We heard reports of renewed bombs in Gaza.”

Iranian delegates walked out of the conference in protest at the sudden Israeli presence, which the head of the delegation, Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian, described as “contrary to the goals and directions of the conference.”

Iranian official media reported on Thursday that President Ibrahim Raisi would not attend the conference and that Mehrabian would act in his stead.

Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid used his speech to condemn the aggression against Gaza, calling on the international community to “stand firm”.

A war against innocent people

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said his country was “appalled by the ongoing tragedy in Gaza, and that the war against innocent people in Palestine is a war crime that must stop.”

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Other leaders have also criticized the war in Gaza, but Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has not spoken about it.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog canceled his speech, a day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled his participation in the conference, as the war in Gaza dominated the conference’s deliberations.

So far, the Israeli occupation of Gaza has led to the fall of more than 15,000 martyrs, most of them women and children.

Israel says 1,200 Israeli soldiers and settlers have been killed as a result of Operation Al-Aqsa flooding, which was launched by the opposition on October 7 last year in settlements around Gaza.

The Palestinian opposition said the move came in retaliation for crimes of aggression against civilians in the West Bank and Gaza and the desecration of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It is noteworthy that the United Arab Emirates, the host country of the conference, is one of the Arab countries that signed default agreements with Israel in 2020.

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Dubai Municipality adopts 7 pledges to ensure sustainability



Dubai Municipality adopts 7 pledges to ensure sustainability

Dubai Municipality adopted seven strategic commitments to ensure sustainability in its current and future projects, while it provided a sustainable model for government sites, within the activities of the COP28 conference, by building its site using 3D printing from sustainable, eco-friendly materials.

Marwan Al-Janahi, an engineer at the building licensing department of Dubai Municipality and one of the supervisors of the municipality’s platform at “COP 28”, said the seven commitments are climate neutrality, increasing the area of ​​reserves, and doubling green areas. , achieving complete sustainability of buildings, sustainability of sanitation and achieving zero waste, in landfills, in addition to complete treatment of wastewater in the emirate.

Al Janahi added that the Emirate of Dubai is working to achieve a “zero” percentage of waste in buildings, noting that the amount of construction waste recorded by the Emirate of Dubai in 2019 was 65 million tonnes, of which around 15 million tonnes were generated. Thrown in the waste, the rest was recycled.

He stressed that Dubai has succeeded in achieving the concepts of a sustainable economy through the Dubai Green Building System and following the Al Safaat method of constructing buildings in the emirate in accordance with green building standards and requirements.

He pointed out that during COP 28, the municipality is highlighting a set of projects and initiatives dedicated to promoting sustainable pathways in Dubai, such as the Digital Twin Project for the City of Dubai and the use of advanced technology, including applications of artificial intelligence. , the Safat system for assessing the carbon footprint of buildings in an urban environment, reducing and sequestering waste, reducing and eliminating emissions from the source, and assessing green buildings. Dubai Municipality supports the COP28 conference, hosted by the UAE, as a turning point for achieving concrete progress on global climate action, with a focus on achieving sustainable economic and social development, promoting cooperation, partnerships and coordinating climate action efforts. To reflect the organizational values ​​of participation, positivity, competition and efficiency.

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On the sidelines of the conference, Dubai Municipality organized a series of interactive workshops promoting international participation from different parts of the world, on key topics such as imagining best sustainable practices and awareness of eco-friendly practices. Several dialogue sessions hosted by the global event, experts speak, present the results of its many strategic initiatives in the fields of evaluating, classifying and rewarding international, green building practices, establishing laboratories supporting the sustainability of future cities, and benefiting from data analysis.

7 Affirmations

– The climate is neutral.

– Increase in reserve area.

– Doubling of green areas.

– Achieving complete sustainability of buildings.

– Sustainability of healthcare.

– Filtration of waste in garbage cans.

– Complete sewage treatment in the emirate.

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