United Arab Emirates news agency
United Arab Emirates participates at the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity "Investing in Biodiversity for People and the Planet" held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 17 to 29, to promote the unification of international efforts to stop the loss of biodiversity and the protection of ecosystems which support food, water and health for billions of people.
Delegation includes dr. Sheikha Al Dhahiri, executive director of the biodiversity sector at the Abu Dhabi Environmental Protection Agency, Abdul Aziz Al Suvaidi, Director of the Department for Land Sustainability in Nature Management and Parks in Sharjah, as well as specialized representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment, Municipalities Dubai, municipalities and planning in Ajman and Fujairah. Acting Director of Biodiversity and Marva Al Amiri, Coordinator of International Organizations at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment at a high-level meeting at the margins of the Conference.
The conference's discussions focus on efforts to achieve Aichi's biodiversity goals, as well as laying the groundwork for an alternative preparatory process for the current global biodiversity strategic plan 2011-2020. The conference also includes high-level meetings to discuss the inclusion of biodiversity in five key sectors of the economy, the Energy, Gas, Manufacturing and Healthcare Industry.
Conservation and development of the wilderness is one of the first issues of concern to the UAE since its inception and is a basic guide to environmental policy and development policy of the country, said Heba Al Shehhi, Acting Director of the Department of Biodiversity at the Ministry of Climate Change and the Environment.
She said that from the vision of the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahian, "Since the founding of UAE, the UAE has worked to balance its economic and social Renaissance by preserving its cultural, social and ecological heritage.
In her speech, she discussed the UAE's efforts in the field of conservation of biodiversity and the environment in parallel with the development and growth of the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors, highlighting the issuance of packages of local and federal laws and regulations of the United Nations, such as Law no. 24 from 1999 on the protection and development of the environment. These sectors identify the risks of their work and limit their impact on HSE, including biodiversity where all activities should have an environmental impact assessment and stringent standards in the areas of health, safety and continuous monitoring.
It also affirmed the commitment of institutions working in these sectors to conduct a series of research and applied sciences and develop a series of projects that will reduce the impact of their environmental work and environmental conservation, including ADNOC, and focus on the research and development of a commercial model for capturing , storage and use of carbon. The first implementation of the Entrepreneurship project with Emirates Steel was the removal of 800,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
Inclusion in the conservation of biodiversity in the infrastructure sector, development plans and strategies for any UAE sector are mandatory in terms of preserving the environment and sustainability criteria. A special emphasis is placed on the preservation of biodiversity. Each project that is being developed requires that a study of impact and assessment of the environmental impact and extent to which the project has potential and potential environmental impacts.
She pointed to the launch of the United Nations Green Agenda 2030, which includes several programs of work, including the integrated green infrastructure program, which addresses the application of standards of sustainability and infrastructure development in a sustainable manner in the urban sense and the natural capital program that deals with the assessment of natural materials and monitoring and evaluation of decision-makers and their economic value, with climate change, all of which are important programs focused on environmental protection and conservation.
The conference's work includes a discussion on biodiversity, climate change and policies on various issues that will determine global and national biodiversity trends, including information on digital sequencing of genetic resources, traditional knowledge, innovations and practices, sustainable management of wildlife, biodiversity, climate change and spatial planning Protected areas, other effective protection measures, marine and coastal biological diversity and invasive alien species.
According to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Protocols – the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Protocol on Accession and Sharing Benefits from Nagoya – the Government of the Convention will deal with important issues caused by new technologies, including how to manage the development of synthetic biology in order to maximize potential benefits and minimize risks. The implications of digital information on the sequencing of genetic resources will also be considered on the objectives of the Convention and the Nagoon Protocol.
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