Archive for June, 2010

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – History & Overview

June 6, 2010

HISTORY

Established in 1999, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is the first public institution in the world providing comprehensive veterinary health care services exclusively for falcons. In the first nine years of its existence, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has emerged as one of the most reputed falcon hospitals in the Gulf region.

From being established as a purely veterinary facility, the ADFH has expanded over the past years in the fields of education and awareness, training and research. Due to the huge demand for providing our experience to other avian species, we have changed from a sole falcon hospital to a fully fledged specialized avian hospital for all kinds of birds and poultry in 2006. Moreover, we have expanded our facilities to meet the growing demand of our services and to be able hospitalize more sick birds.

The ADFH Pet Care Center was opened 1st of July 2007. It comprises VIP boarding kennels for dogs and cats as well as pet grooming and dog training facilities. This dog and cat hotel lives up to European standards for boarding kennels and it is the latest of its kind in the Middle East. In 2008, a pet clinic was added for treatment of all kind of pets to round up the one-stop-service for our valued customers.

OVERVIEW

What our veterinary services can provide for you

The ADFH is open to the general public and provides comprehensive veterinary care to falcons, other species of raptors and all other birds. Equipped with the latest equipment and technologies, we have a wide experience in dealing even with the most complicate cases in all bird species and flocks. Our round-the-clock emergency service for our patients gives each ill bird the chance for immediate and professional treatment without delay.

What our laboratory provides for you
The ADFH laboratory has been tremendously expanded in the past years to provide the latest diagnostic test for our patients. Our modern and fully equipped in-house laboratory enables us to get accurate and fast diagnosis for all kinds of laboratory examinations including the most advanced ones. Our fully equipped and high-technology laboratory caters now for other external clients as well. It consists of facilities and equipment for blood hematology and biochemistry, parasitology, histopathology, microbiology, virology and advanced laboratory techniques. In 2007, the ADFH Laboratory has been reconfirmed for the second time as Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory for Abu Dhabi Emirate. In 2008, new tests for pets have been added to the wide range of laboratory services to provide a strong support for the Pet Care Center.

What our awareness program provides for you

ADFH actively promotes disease awareness and prevention campaigns by raising the awareness about the nature and method of spread of diseases like Aspergillosis, Clostridiosis, Newcastle disease, Falcon Pox etc. We also try to improve the general awareness on conditions like lead poisoning and Shenadra intoxication and advices falconers on improving nutrition and husbandry.

ADFH is involved in educating school children and university students as well as interested members of the public on the beautiful tradition of falconry, health issues and conservation of these endangered species.

What our tourism program provides for you

World-wide known from TV and media articles, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. This unique award-winning tour provides a once in a lifetime experience which is truly unforgettable. ADFH has entered in the MICE tourism, too. The Shaheen Conference Center was opened on September 1st, 2009 and provides highest standards meeting facilities for up to 200 delegates. It can be booked for conferences, meetings, workshop, training and special events like gala dinners and birthday parties.

What our Pet Care Center provides for you

The excellent service of the ADFH Pet Care Center caters for all pets needs to keep the pets and their owners happy. Cats, dogs and other pets can be kept for boarding in our five star boarding hotels. Our latest addition to the Pet Care Center, the Pet Clinic provides a wide range of preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods for pets. Furthermore, even the most difficult cases of dog training will be professionally handled by our highly experienced staff. Our grooming team takes care of your dogs’ and cats’ beauty.

What our training and externship program provides for you

We provide training and externships based on our excellent experience in the avian veterinary field to interested veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians and falconers from all over the world. Due to the high demand the training available has been extended to the laboratory training for avian laboratory methods as well to provide laboratory technicians or interested vets with the necessary knowledge. The program has been internationally accredited by e.g. Florida University, Colorado University and Sydney University.

What we do in conservation efforts

ADFH is rehabilitating confiscated falcons and other raptors by finding places in breeding programs for these birds. Moreover, wild falcons are re-introduced in the wild population in the H.H. The Late Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Program.

What we research and publicize in falcon medicine

ADFH actively promotes research in falcon medicine and surgery in collaboration with national and international institutions to continuously improve the treatment of birds and has established itself successfully on the international avian research field with various scientific publications and presentations. A comprehensive book on falcon medicine and husbandry including 17 chapters was published in September 2009 which is available on all major online book stores.

This piece is taken from the website of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

See on-line at: http://www.falconhospital.com/web/page_302.aspx

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Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – AFDH Details

June 6, 2010

The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH), is the first public falcon hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Opened on 3rd of October, 1999, as affiliate of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) , it has become the largest falcon hospital in the UAE with a patient influx of more than 35,000 patients in the first ten years of existence.

Over the years, the ADFH has established a loyal and a wide patient-base not just in the UAE, but also in countries like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.

The high standard of professionalism of all ADFH staff and the customer-oriented, extensive experience in diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention are available now for falcons, all kinds of birds including pet birds and poultry farms to let their owners benefit from our extraordinary experience. The ADFH laboratory performs accurate and advanced lab examinations for all avians and pets in a fast and reliable way with its latest high-tech equipment and highly experienced, committed staff.

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital provides highest quality care, consistent with identifiable health care needs of falcons and other birds of prey, as well as pets and to spread the cultural heritage of falcons and falconry on worldwide level.

Moreover, ADFH has highly successfully entered in the field of leisure tourism by continuous and tremendous increases in tourists who have visited and participated in Falcon World Tour year after year. Through its award-winning tourism program, ADFH had proven its importance as one of the major tourist attractions in the Emirate and continuously promoting Abu Dhabi as tourists destination.

New, ADFH Services

ADFH has opened its Shaheen Conference Center on September 1st 2009. It is the unique corporate venue for innovative events, meetings, workshops and conferences. The Shaheen Conference Center provides the perfect setting combining Emirati tradition, elegance and style with comfort and convenience for the guests. It caters also for birthday celebrations and special events like gala dinners. The Shaheen Conference Center is also featured as “venue with a difference” in the ADTA Business Planner’s Guide 2009.

The world wide renowned Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has diversified its services in the field of tourism, Internships as well as pet care services to cater for the need and requirements of its large customer clientele. The ADFH strives to be the outstanding service provider in those different business sectors in Abu Dhabi.

Launch of E-services

The ADFH is proud to announce that it will soon launch its e-services. Our customers will have the opportunity to book directly through our website for pet boarding, pet clinic appointments, Internships and tourist visits. For more information or booking, please go to the respective section available on our website.

Opening Hours

Falcon Medical Services

Sunday – Thursday: 8.30 am to 2.30 pm.

Pet Care Center Services Including Pet Clinic

Sunday – Thursday: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm.

For falcons and pets, the ADFH provides a 24-hour emergency service (mob: 050-7113017)

Tourism timings

Sunday – Thursday: 10.00 am and 2.00 pm

All tours have to be booked in advance.

All opening timings are from Sunday to Thursday except weekends and public holidays.

This piece is taken from the website of the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.

See on-line at: http://www.falconhospital.com/web/page_about.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Biodiversity Management Sector – Terrestrial

June 6, 2010

Groundwater Resources Exploration in Abu Dhabi Emirate
EAD has the responsibility for groundwater management, exploration, assessment and monitoring within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This project aims to find new groundwater resources in the medium deep aquifers, improve and extend the existing monitoring network and establish groundwater pollution risk assessment observation wells. This project also aims to provide more detailed monitoring capability in areas of priority concern e.g. fresh water well-fields in the Eastern Region. This project will provide the opportunity for much needed continued water resources exploration and assessment in the Emirate and will also allow for the upgrading of the existing monitoring well network and its expansion into areas previously not monitored.
Groundwater Monitoring for Abu Dhabi Emirate
This project aims to collect information and create a database about the long-term spatial and temporal variations in water levels and water quality of the groundwater aquifers. It also aims to expand the existing network to include all other scattered monitoring networks being undertaken by various organizations in one integrated national network.
Invertebrate Research and Monitoring
Through the invertebrate collection at EAD, we aim to preserve a reference collection of different groups and taxa of invertebrates inhabiting various habitats of Abu Dhabi. In Abu Dhabi, there were very little information available and mostly about common and large invertebrates of public or medical interest. This project has started to gather information about the biodiversity of Abu Dhabi. This project aims to build up reference collection of invertebrate species of Abu Dhabi and Increase the knowledge on invertebrates and their ecological role in the ecosystems. It also aims to provide information for public awareness and education programs and provide students with practical training on field methodologies and collection techniques.
• Vegetation Data Collection
This project is responsible for collecting data on all aspects of the flora and vegetation in the Emirates In addition, it has become clear from the State of the Environment that available information on key aspects of the Abu Dhabi environment are lacking. The aim of this project is to collect information on the distribution of vegetation and natural habitats in the Emirate and to identify unknown species for the Emirate. It also aims to collect botanical data for the preparation of a Red Data List of higher plant species and maintain herbarium and seed collection.
• Habitat Restoration Trials
Severe degradation is obviously noticed within the major areas of the Abu Dhabi Emirate . The main objective is to understand the requirements of selected=”true” plant species and sites and to evaluate its success. It aims to Identify important plants and propagate under laboratory conditions and to conduct experiments. This project also aims to develop techniques for the propagation of wild and important plants for Future uses in degraded habitats.
• Species Conservation Action Plans
This project aims to develop integrated conservation action plans for the priority endangered species based on a scientific sound understanding for the species status and urgency for conservation. A categorization system will be developed and applied to different groups of animals to define species with conservation priority. The next step will be developing an integrated conservation plan for species identified as a conservation priority species. This project aims to identify species which are threatened within Abu Dhabi Emirate and to prioritize these species for any conservation actions. It also aims to develop Species Conservation Action Plans for priority species and implement the Species Conservation Action Plans.
• Waterbirds Monitoring Programme
The UAE has number of breeding seabirds which are important nationally, regionally and some even globally. Regular monitoring of such sites and their numbers is essential for understanding trends and for taking any management interventions as revealed from the monitoring data. Secondly the project also will cover monitoring of all the key sites identified for wild bird monitoring under the National Avian Influenza Action Plan. Both types of monitoring are important for achieving local conservation benefits and fulfilling UAE obligations as signatory to some key international conventions such as Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The main objective of this project is to monitor important breeding seabird colonies in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and document trends in numbers and to monitor wild birds at key sites under the National Avian Influenza Action Plan to detect any sickness and mortality. It also aims to identify and propose appropriate conservation actions for breeding seabirds and undertake surveillance to detect infection
• Wild life enforcement
Environmental law enforcement is considered as one of the important tools for wildlife conservation. Sixteen animal welfare centers are distributed all across Abu Dhabi Emarate. These centers are the rangers stations from where special patrolling routes are covered.
Rangers main responsibility is to enforce all environmental laws like grazing law, hunting law and ground water wells use monitoring. Rangers need to be more involved in the process of ecological monitoring, and development of patrolling plans. This project aims to improve the performance level of Animal Welfare departments and to build up a zoning plan for all Animal Welfare Centers. It will also assess Animal Welfare centers and build up the suitable organizational structure and it will assess training needs of the staff and developed a comprehensive strategy for capacity building of Animal Welfare staff. Developing patrolling plans of Animal Welfare Centers and increasing level of public awareness of environmental issues and the role of Animal welfare team in wildlife conservation are other objectives of this project.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/biodiversit.managemen.terrestrial.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Biodiversity Management Sector – Marine

June 6, 2010

Investigation of Marine Invasive Species – with special reference to Ballast Water
The invasion of alien species is one of the most serious and growing threats to the marine environment,. It may harm the marine ecology, economy and health. This project was initiated to identify the major transport vectors for marine invasive species into the Emirate and to study the effect of marine invasions in coastal ecosystem. The project also aims to determine and develop measures to mitigate the problem of marine invasive species in the marine environment and to identify and quantify species introduced into the Emirate via ballast water. Developing an inventory of non-native species in coastal waters is another objective of the project.
Field Investigation on Fish Reproductive Habitats:
Seasonal Variation in Species Composition, Abundance, Biomass and Production of Fish Eggs and Larvae in Abu Dhabi Waters.
This project aims to determine the spawning and nursery grounds of commercially important fishes of Abu Dhabi in order to protect the habitat for fish spawning and to quantify the spatial and temporal variation of fish eggs and larvae distribution in Abu Dhabi waters to assess the stock of exploitable populations. Another objective of this project is to find out the factors affecting recruitment and survival of fish eggs and larvae including predator and prey and to develop appropriate methodologies for improving the sustainable management of fish stocks in Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Fisheries Management and Licensing
Under the current regulatory regime, licenses and permits are issued for commercial fishing, recreational fishing, traditional fishing, fishing gears, Apprentice and sports diving institutions, fishing right in seas Al Buhoor and other activities including various aspects of water sports and fishing competition, as stipulated in Federal Law No. 23 and relevant by-laws. This project was initiated to implement the licensing and permitting arrangement and to developing new licensing and permitting arrangements. It also aims to develop and implement a license database.
Fish Landings and Population Dynamics
This project aims to monitor fisheries and assess the status of associated resources. It aims to provide scientific and technical information for resource management purposes and to conduct stock assessments and monitor the status of key commercially exploited species. Another objective of the project is to provide statistics on landings, effort, species composition and wholesale value of catches.
Mapping and Characterization of Coastal Wetlands
This project aims to classify and characterize coastal wetlands, map coastal wetlands including mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows, provide information for contribution towards the coastal Atlas and to develop conservation and management plan for the coastal wetlands of the Emirate.
Management of Marine Protected Areas
This project was initiated after declaration of Marawah Marine Protected Area in 2001 and development of its detailed management plan in 2004. Additional marine protected areas were later established. Al Yasat MPA was declared by Emiri Decree No. (33) in 2005, followed by the announcement of Bul Syayeef MPA in 2007. In September 2007, the Marawah Marine Protected Area was formally added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. This project aims to continue implementation of the management plan of Marawah BR and to develop and implement management plans for Al Yasat and Bul Syayeef MPAs. In addition, survey and proposal of potential sites for protection were also considered and reflected.
Marine Environment Monitoring
This project aims to measure the ambient water quality condition with the goal of detecting the effects of anthropogenic activities leading to contamination and /or habitat degradation. It aims to characterize spatial and temporal patterns of basic water quality parameters and identify significant changes in these parameters that may indicate environmental changes and emerging problems. Assessing all point and non point sources of pollution and their impact on living and nonliving marine resources and human health and evaluating the impact of anthropogenic activities on marine water quality are other objectives of this project.
Management of Marine Protected Areas of Abu Dhabi Emirate
This project was initiated after declaration of Marawah Marine Protected Area in 2001 and development of its detailed management plan in 2004. Additional Marine protected areas were later established. Al Yasat MPA was declared by Emiri Decree No. (33) in 2005, followed by the announcement of Bul Syayeef MPA in 2007.
During September of 2007, the Marawah Marine Protected Area was formally added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserve, the project aims to continue implementation of the management plan of Marawah BR and to develop and implement management plans for Al Yasat and Bul Syayeef MPAs. In addition, survey and proposal of potential sites for protection were also considered and reflected.
Conservation of Critical Marine Habitats and Implementation of Conservation Plan for Sea Turtles
Since 1999, the Agency has been undertaking long term research programmes to evaluate the status of nesting and foraging species of sea turtles in the UAE in order to implement conservation action plan for the protection of species and habitats. Conservation of critical marine habitats project was initiated to improve understanding of biology and ecology of sea turtles and monitor and conserve of foraging habitats.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/biodiversity.management.sector.marine.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Corporate Services Sector

June 6, 2010

This function provides organisation-wide efficient and effective support services to various sectors of EAD.
The sector is made up of:

– Finance and Administration
– Environment Information Management
– Procurement and Contracts
– Human Resources
Human Resources: We are committed to developing a culture of excellence, collaboration, innovation, commitment and respect, and to building organizational capacity and leadership capability. We believe that we can only succeed through the combined contribution of all our staff and we strive to ensure that every member of staff is given the opportunity and support they need to realize their potential.

Emiratisation is key to our future success and we are committed to the development of all UAE National staff, irrespective of their qualifications and experience. We support UAE National men and women who are currently undertaking their studies at local colleges and offer them both summer placements and internships, through which they can gain work experience and on-job training.

For career opportunities with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, please go to Career Opportunities

Environment Information Management : This department is made up of:

-Systems, Business Applications
-Environmental Data Management
-Environmental Data Services
We implement, administer and manage the network, mail and security systems, upgrade them to meet the latest technologies. We support the employees for their proper usage and operation. We also help to develop computer applications to automate the manual processes. We also administer, manage and keep updating the back-end database systems, train employees to adapt to new applications and support them in their day-to-day operations.

We are also responsible for the design and management of standards-based environmental database and developing GIS-based applications for EAD and its stakeholders.

We support EAD’s operational activities through digital image processing and spatial data processing applications and provides efficient data capturing and pre-processing services: map scanning, raster-to-vector conversion, OCR, manual digitizing and digital data reformatting.

This function manages and implements biodiversity and natural resources management priorities within the Emirate for the areas of Terrestrial Environment. It defines, coordinates and guides terrestrial environment research priorities and their implementation based on Abu Dhabi Policy Agenda. It manages, directs and develops Terrestrial Protected Areas Network, with the overall responsibility of terrestrial protected areas and endangered species. It develops and manages the Emirate’s Biodiversity Conservation Programme, including the establishment and implementation of priorities for biodiversity conservation, wildlife management, protected areas and environmental research.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/coporative.services.sector.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Environment Management Sector -EMS

June 6, 2010

1- Environment monitoring- air, noise, and ambient radiation
EAD establishing the Abu Dhabi Air and Climate Institute.
EAD has selected=”true” the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) as strategic partner for all issues related to air quality and noise. NILU is on behalf of EAD establishing an institute similar to itself which is proposed to be named: “Abu Dhabi Air and Climate Institute (ADACI)”. Over time, the institute will be manned with experts from the region and will deal with themes such as:

Ambient and indoor air quality§ Noise quality
Climate change and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Emissions of pollutants
reener fuels
Green Building Guidelines
Renewable Energy
NILU and EAD have installed and operate the following units:
Information§ dissemination portal for air quality
Standardization Unit for monitoring§ networks
National databases for emissions and measurements
The Unit carries out work related to:
Industry inspections of issues§ related to air emissions
Review upon the air part of Term of References§ (TOR), Scope of Works (SOW) and EIAs submitted to EAD
Review and design of§ air quality networks and studies; components to be measured and site selection of stations
Audit of monitoring programs; calibration of instruments and§ review of operational procedures according to international approved standards.
NILU (and in due course, ADACI) is responsible for the coordination and collaboration with all concerned parties in the above issues while policy setting and legislation remains with EAD.
2- Environment monitoring- ground water and soil monitoring

Groundwater Monitoring for Abu Dhabi Emirate
Overview
In July 2005 EAD authorized to be responsible for operating and maintaining the most extensive groundwater monitoring network in Abu Dhabi Emirate which was previously established and designed by the former Groundwater Assessment Project. All GWAP assets and database was handed over to EAD. Groundwater monitoring activity was one of the main activities assigned to EAD in order to control and manage the groundwater resources in Abu Dhabi Emirate in an efficient and sustainable way.

At present this monitoring network contains almost 320 monitoring wells, 4 meteorological stations, 20 rain gauges and 2 soil moisture sensors. All monitoring wells are equipped with automatic data loggers for recording continuous measurements about water level, electrical conductivity and groundwater temperature. GSM-Modems were installed in the very distant wells for remotely reading out the data.

As a part of upgrading plan in order to fill the gaps in the existing network, 6 new monitoring wells were newly drilled in the shallow aquifers in Umm Az Zumul Area and equipped with automatic data loggers with telemetry system to enable remotely reading out the data.

In March 2008, the current status of groundwater resources of the shallow aquifers was issued in a set of GIS contour maps showing the depth to water table, salinity, annual changes of water level and water level decline in the entire area of Abu Dhabi Emirate.

Objectives
• Collection information and creating database about the long-term spatial and temporal variations in groundwater levels and quality of the groundwater aquifers in the Emirate.
• Detection and identification of water level decline and quality deterioration potential areas as impact of the severe abstraction of groundwater.
• Expanding the existing network to include all other scattered monitoring networks being undertaken by various organizations in one integrated national network.

Benefits
• Detection groundwater level decline potential areas.
• Detection groundwater quality deterioration potential areas.
• Sustainable use and conservation of groundwater resources.
• Calibration and feedback data of the mathematical groundwater models.
• Essential tool in understanding hydrogeology.
• Effective tool in Artificial Recharge and Recovery Projects (ASR).
• Monitoring data is important tool for the high level decision makers in water resources management and strategic planning.

Deliverables
• Annual groundwater monitoring reports, (first report issued and next report is underway).
• Water level maps and water level fluctuation maps, 2008 map is underway.
• Groundwater quality maps, 2008 updated map is underway.
• Meteorological data reports.
• Well hydrographs.

Project timeline
Continuous

Sponsorship
Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

3- Permitting and enforcement environment assessment & permitting
The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has partnered with the U.S-based research and technical services firm RTI International (http://www.rti.org) to assist the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in enhancing its existing environmental protection programs. Through this 10-year partnership, RTI will provide the EAD Environmental Management Sector (previously called the Environmental Permitting Division) with various technical and managerial support services. EAD and RTI staff currently work together to process environmental permit applications, review environmental studies, register environmental consultants, and conduct inspections of industrial, infrastructure, and development projects. EAD has opened an RTI project office the Al Nahyan Camp area of Abu Dhabi

4- Permitting and enforcement water

Well drilling contractors and Permitting and enforcement water for Abu Dhabi Emirate
Overview
In March 2006 a new law (Law no 6/2006) was issued requiring all drilling contractors working in Abu Dhabi Emirate to have a valid drilling license issued by EAD.
At present this well Permitting and Enforcement from the begging at this year 2008 contains almost 6666 issues well permitting. This service gives official approval for the contractor to carry out specific water well drilling and other water well related activities under the issuance of a drilling license. Related drilling activities include well rehabilitation, pump installation, aquifer test, geophysical logging and other hydrogeological work.
Objectives
• Collection information and creating database about the long-term spatial and temporal variations in groundwater levels and quality of the groundwater aquifers in the Emirate.
• The water well drilling contractor registration and licensing service is to help to control groundwater development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
• Ensuring protection and control of ground water resources from depletion.
• Ensuring an updated record for permitted groundwater wells is prepared.
• Follow-up and supervise activities related to ground water wells in eastern and western region in accordance with Permitting & Enforcement procedures.
• The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is the authorized agency that
• grants groundwater wells Contractor registration licenses in Abu Dhabi
• Emirate. Within EAD, it is Environment Management Department’s (EMS) responsibility to manage groundwater resources within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
•The classification of the water well contractors is based on the number and values of executed projects, financial capability, number and types of equipment, and human resource capacity. Six grades of classification have been developed, ranging from “special” (the highest possible grade) to the fifth grade, the lowest grade.

Benefits
• Detection groundwater level decline potential areas.
• Detection groundwater quality deterioration potential areas.
• Sustainable use and conservation of groundwater resources.
• Calibration and feedback data of the mathematical groundwater models.
• Essential tool in understanding hydrogeology.
• Effective tool in Artificial Recharge and Recovery Projects (ASR).
• Monitoring data is important tool for the high level decision makers in water resources management and strategic planning.
• Prepare guidelines for study and research purposes on water resources.
• In 2006 a new law (Law no 6/2006) was issued requiring all drilling contractors working in Abu Dhabi Emirate to have a valid drilling license issued by EAD.
• The document is to collect, analyze, and define high-level needs and features of the contractor registration process for the EAD eServices. It focuses on the capabilities needed by the stakeholders and the target users, and why these needs exist.

Deliverables
• Submit documents of permitting to assessment Committee.
• To ensure specifications and requirement of EAD (in conjunction with applicable Federal Laws).
• Evaluate reports related to consultants and contracts prior to submission the assessment committee.
• Annual groundwater monitoring reports, (first report issued and next report is underway).
• Provide framework for establish guidelines for study and research purposes.
• Report and control ground water resources from deletion.
• Keep track of the number of wells allowed to operate.
• Control number of drilled wells.

Project timeline
Continuous

Sponsorship
Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

5- Permitting and enforcement- fisheries and marine control

6- Environment health

Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment,Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS)

1. Introduction:
The Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) is an approach that recognises the inter-relationships between workers, the community, all development activities, and the environment in contributing to diverse risks. It is an integrated system that takes into consideration all aspects related to protection of the environment, protection of human health and safety of workers and the community at large.

On 6th December 2006, the Executive Council issued a Decree (Committee Decree 2-Session 31/2006) approving “Abu Dhabi Emirate EHS policy” and nominated the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD) as the Authority responsible for supervising the implementation of the EHS Management System (EHSMS) at Abu Dhabi Emirate level in cooperation and coordination with all concerned parties.

The objective of the policy is to achieve excellence in the management and protection of the environment, health and safety, through partnership between all government and private sectors to ensure activities within Abu Dhabi Emirate are undertaken in a responsible, safe and sustainable manner.

EHSMS Committees:
To follow up the development and implementation of the Abu Dhabi Emirate EHSMS Framework, the Executive Council established the “EHS Higher Committee” by a Decree issued on 11th June 2007. The committee is chaired by EAD and comprises members from the following parties:
1. Ministry of Health
2. Ministry of Labor
3. Federal Environmental Agency
4. Department of Transportation – Abu Dhabi
5. Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi
6. Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority
7. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
8. Supreme Petroleum Council – Abu Dhabi
9. Abu Dhabi Health Authority
10. Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority.
11. Abu Dhabi Municipality
12. Al Ain Municipality
13. Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones – Abu Dhabi
In its first meeting, the Higher Committee agreed on the establishment of seven “Sector Technical Committees” chaired by the members of the Higher Committee representing each sector. The chairman of the EHS Higher committee issued the Decree for establishment of the committees on 20 November 2007. These committees comprised several parties from each sector and they are as follows:
1. Building and Construction Technical Committee-Chaired by Al Ain Municipality
2. Oil and Gas Technical Committee: Chaired by Supreme Petroleum Council
3. Health Technical Committee: Chaired by Health Authority-Abu Dhabi
4. Industry Technical Committee: Chaired by Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic zones.
5. Tourism Technical Committee: Chaired by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority
6. Transportation Technical Committee: Chaired by Dept. of Transportation
7. Energy Sector Technical Committee chaired by Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority
A range of regulatory, technical and administrative documents were prepared as part of the EHSMS framework. These include:
• The EHSMS Manual
• Guidance Documents
• Awareness Booklets/Posters
• Training Modules for sectors
Abu Dhabi Emirate EHSMS Manual:
The EHSMS Manual includes the EHS Policy, Codes of Practice (CoPs), Emirates Environment, Health and Safety Policies (EEPPs) and Sector Guidelines.

A summary on EHSMS system and EHSMS Manual are available in the Awareness Booklets

The development of the EHSMS framework has been undertaken with the aim of encouraging individual entities to be responsible for compliance with relevant environment, health and safety legislation. The EHSMS framework clearly defines responsibilities for entities and government through Codes of Practice and encourages self-regulation. This ultimately minimises the role of government in administration and coordination activities.
During implementation of Abu Dhabi EHSMS framework, two levels of administration will be required:
1. At the Emirate wide level; and
2. At the Sector level.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/environment.management.sector.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Environmental Policy Sector

June 6, 2010

The Environment Policy Sector (EPS) ensures that policies and legislations are developed and set for different environmental issues at EAD level and Abu Dhabi Emirate level, in addition to preparing Codes of Practice and Standards.

EPS participates in committees concerned with setting environmental action plans and strategies and coordinates with different related parties to ensure that environmental concepts are incorporated in their policies, strategies and plans developed at Emirate level.
There are three departments in EPS with similar responsibilities but different areas of concern. These departments are responsible for developing environmental policies, each in its own area of expertise, and proposing the appropriate legislations for implementation as well as conducting the appropriate research for implementing the best international practices in policy development.
Environmental Assessment and Auditing Policy Department:
This department participates in the setting of policies and plans relevant to major economic sectors and in issues related to energy and renewables, environment health and safety management systems, and emergency management systems.
Natural Resources Policy Department:
This department participates in the setting of policies and plans relevant to coastal areas, water resources, land use, soil, biodiversity, bird flu and bio-security.
Environment Management and Protection Policy Department:
This department participates in the setting of policies and plans relevant to air quality, climate change, hazardous materials, wastes, sustainability and environmental awareness.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/environmen.policy.sector.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – National Avian Research Center

June 6, 2010

Through this Center, we promote conservation of bustards and falcons. We also aim to reconcile the tradition of Arab falconry with a sustainable use of resources throughout the bustards’ and falcons’ range. Our aim is to save falcons, bustards and other bird species from extinction.

We are doing this through research, breeding houbara in captivity, forming international partnerships, habitat conservation and co-operation with falconers.

The National Avian Research Centre is located in Sweihan, Al Ain.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/national.avian.research.center.aspx

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Law No. (16) of 2005 Pertaining to the Reorganization of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency

June 6, 2010

Law No. (16) of 2005 pertaining to the Reorganization of
the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency
We, KHALIFA BIN ZAYED BIN SULTAN AL NAHYAN, Ruler of Abu
Dhabi,
After perusal of Law No (1) of 1974 pertaining to the reorganization of the
governmental machinery of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the amendments
thereof;
– And after perusal of Law No (2) of 1971 pertaining to the National
Consultative Council and amendments thereof;
– And after perusal of Law No (4) of 1996 pertaining to the establishment
and development of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development
Agency and the amendments thereof;
– And after perusal of Law No (2) of 1999 pertaining to the protection of the
safety of man, environment and agricultural environment against abuse of
insecticides and pesticides as well as chemical fertilizers;
– And after perusal of Law No (6) of 2004 pertaining to the reorganization of
the financial control department;
– And after perusal of Law No (2) of 2005 pertaining to the establishment of
the Abu Dhabi Food Control Agency;
– And after perusal of Federal Law No (35) of 1992 pertaining to the issuing
of the penal code procedures law;
– And after perusal of Federal Law No (7) of 1993 pertaining to the setting
up the Federal Environment Agency;
– And after perusal of Federal Law No (23) of 1999 pertaining to the
utilization, protection and development of live water resources of the UAE;
– And after perusal of Federal Law No (24) of 1999 pertaining to the
protection and development of the environment;
And as presented to the Executive Council and upon the approval of the
Council.
We hereby issued the following law:
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Section 1
Establishment of the Agency
Article (1)
– A general agency established as an independent juridical entity called
Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, which shall be the agency concerned
with environmental affairs in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
– Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi shall be fully competent and
administratively and financially independent and its funds shall be public
ones.
– This agency shall replace the Environmental Research and Wildlife
Development Agency.
Article (2)
This agency shall be based in the city of Abu Dhabi and the Board of
Directors may establish offices for it within the Emirate.
Section (2)
Objectives and Activities
Article (3)
– This agency is aimed at protecting the environment and wildlife along
with its biological diversity in its natural environment, offering
suggestions, making recommendations and conducting necessary
studies and researches to conserve the environment and develop
wildlife. All government departments and agencies are required to
coordinate with the Agency in relation to research, studies and
programmes relating to environmental and wildlife affairs.
– To fulfill the above objectives, the Agency has the following
responsibilities:
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1- Conduct the necessary studies, scientific research and comprehensive
surveys of the environment and wildlife in order to identify strategies
and priorities.
2- Assess ground water resources and propose methods for the optimal
use of such resources in order to conserve and develop the
environment and wildlife.
3- Evaluate the effects of treatment of household sewage water projects,
and other industrial liquid wastes on the environment and wildlife,
and recommend the establishment of projects to treat and control
these liquid wastes.
4- Evaluate the impact of oil wastes on the environment and wildlife
and offer recommendations and solutions concerning the related
problems.
5- Assess impact of industrial gases and household air pollutants on the
environment and wildlife and recommend solutions regarding air
pollution and implementing projects to clear and control gas
emissions in coordination with the authorities concerned.
6- Evaluate the efficiency of existing projects in order to treat solid
domestic and industrial waste, assess their effect on environment and
wildlife and offer recommendations to improve these projects or
carry out new ones.
7- Recommend implementing projects to treat poisonous and hazardous
and medical waste, dispose of them and prevent their harmful effects.
8- Evaluate the effect of chemicals, hazardous materials, pesticides,
chemical fertilizers and non-organic manure on the environment,
classify such materials according to their degree of harmful effect
and propose projects and systems to control their use in the Emirate
of Abu Dhabi.
9- Evaluate the effect of existing and future industrial and economic
projects and investments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in
coordination with the Federal Environment Agency and other
concerned bodies. Moreover, to prescribe studies that should be
conducted and the required precautions which should be taken, and to
forward recommendations and solutions for the environmental
problems related to these subjects to the Executive Council.
10- Evaluate the effect of the population growth and infrastructure
projects for implementing projects on the environment and wildlife.
In coordination with concerned authorities, the Agency shall
contribute to planning these projects and recommend methods that
have the minimum effect of environment and wildlife.
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11- Recommend projects to treat or eliminate the negative effects of
industrial and economic projects on the environment and wildlife.
12- Prepare the plans required for formulating and developing a balanced
environment policy and applying it to the industrial and economic
and agricultural projects carried out in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for
protecting environment and wildlife. The said plans will be submited
to the Executive Council for the issuance purposes.
13- Evaluate the effect of fishing and hunting activities in the Emirate of
Abu Dhabi, offer suggestions and solutions to prevent extinction of
wildlife resulting from such activities and recommend
implementation of projects for the purpose of managing these
activities and establishing protected areas.
14- Evaluate the effect of recreation and leisure activities on the
environment and wildlife, offer suggestions and solutions regarding
the harmful effects resulting from them and recommend
implementation of projects for organizing these activities.
15- Establish and manage nature reserves and protected areas for
wildlife, apply the rules and regualtions relating to these areas or
reserves.
16- Set up and manage centers specialized in the development of
endangered species of wildlife.
17- Establish and manage veterinary centers to look after wildlife and
rehabilitate them to live in their natural habitat.
18- Establish specialized centers with the aim of conducting studies and
scientific research concerned with the environment and wildlife and
develop techniques to collect information on the natural elements
affecting environment and wildlife.
19- Coordinate and cooperate with government bodies, national
establishments, academic institutions and research centers within the
Emirate of Abu Dhabi and abroad.
20- Prepare national cadres capable of planning and implementing
strategies to protect the environment and wildlife.
21- Provide the public and private sector with information related to the
protection of the environment and wildlife.
22- Achieve sustainable development through environmental activities.
23- Raise awareness on the importance of the protection of the
environment and wildlife through its educational programmes, as
well as introduce the Agency and its objectives.
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24- Inspect any applications for issuance of licenses for the industrial,
agricultural and environmental projects submitted to the competent
authorities and notify such authorities about their related decisions.
25- Combat pollution, protect safety and quality of air, water, soil,
natural resources, biological diversification, and ensure the optimal
utilization of environment and its resources for the purpose of
protecting man and the environment, formulate a constant control
system and propose suitable solutions for the various environment
problems.
26- All relevant government authorities concerned with issuing
commercial, agricultural, industrial and economic licenses are
required to forward and consider the applications submitted to them
and notify such authorities about their relevant decisions.
Section (3)
Management of the Agency (Board of Directors)
Article (4)
– The agency shall be headed by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and
is managed by a Board of Directors. Members shall not be less than 8
and shall not exceed 10 including chairman of board of directors, vice
chairman and managing director. To form this board, an Emiri decree
shall be issued. The membership is for a renewable period of 5 years
and the members’ renumeration shall be determined by a decision of
the Executive Council.
– Board of directors shall appoint the Secretary General and determine
his remuneration and appropriations or provisions.
Article (5)
Chairman of Board of Directors or his deputy shall issue the executive
regulations, and decisions for the provisions of this law, which shall
be binding for all parties.
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Article (6)
The Board of Directors shall be the authority concerned with
managing Agency affairs, identifying the annual work plan and adopt
the method of implementation and take the necessary decisions to
serve its purposes within provisions of this law without prejudice to
the provisions of other laws. The Board shall be particularly
responsible for the following:
1- Devise the required work plan, determine the priorities to fulfill the
Agency’s goals and approve the required plans for implementation.
2-Identify the policies required to conserve, protect and develop the
environment and wildlife and approve the necessary plans and
programmes for implementation.
3-Propose the adequate fees and charges to be levied on the various
activities and forward them to the Executive Council and collect the
fees for the services provide by the Agency.
4-Propose the draft laws, Emiri decrees and regulations necessary for
environment and wildlife protection in its natural habitat.
5-Form advisory committee consisting of international experts in the
area of environment and wildlife protection in its natural habitat.
6-Set up permanent and ad hoc committees that would consist of its
members and others to study their assignments and duties.
7-Approve the organizational structure of the Agency and specify the
responsibilities and duties of departments, sections and administrative
units included.
8-Issue the administrative and financial regulations that would govern
the affairs of the Agency.
9-Issue regulations for personnel working at the Agency pertaining to
staff employment, promotion, determination of their salaries,
allowances, rules of discipline, termination of their services and other
rules relating to the Agency.
10-Consider and look into the regular reports on the conduct of
business at the Agency.
11-Approve the draft annual budget and the annual closing account of
the Agency.
12-Review and approve the annual report on the achievements of the
Agency by the end of each calendar year.
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13-Approve the necessary training programmes to ensure an adequate
number of well-qualified cadres and staff.
14-Consider the issues relating to the agency activities referred and
study them if necessary.
15- Invest in the assets, funds and properties of the agency for the
purpose of increasing and developing resources.
16-Identify the authority and responsibilities of the Secretary General.
17-Identify the banks at which the funds of the Agency shall be
deposited and the way they can be spent.
Article (7)
– The Board of Directors shall regularly meet every six months and
the chairman of the board may call for other meetings whenever
necessary. Meetings of the Board shall be meeting the required
quorum if the majority of its members attended the meeting
provided that the chairman or his deputy must be among the
majority. The Board decisions shall be issued by the vast majority
of the attendant’s votes. When they are equal, the side that includes
the president of the session shall prevail and win.
– The Board of Directors may invite the Secretary General to attend
the board meetings and participate in its discussions without
considering his vote in the deliberations.
Section (4)
Secretary General Responsibilities and Authority
Article (8)
– Secretary General of the Agency shall be responsible for its
management and policy implemention in accordance with the
provisions of this law, other applicable laws and the decisions of the
Board of Directors. Moreover, he shall be particularly responsible for
the following:
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1-Propose work plans, programmes and priorities of their
implementation as well as necessary programmes for carrying them
out.
2-Prepare the proposed annual budget and forward it to the Board of
Directors for approval.
3-Represent the Agency at the government and judiciary authorities
and the academic institutions and scientific establishments as well as
other competent bodies.
4-Approve the programmes and seminars conducted within the limits
of the annual budget allocated for the Agency.
5-Draft the necessary administrative and financial regulations for
organizing personnel affairs and training programmes and forward
them to the Board of Directors.
6-Spend from the approved budget according to the administrative
and financial regulations approved by the Agency.
7-Guide and supervise the work of the Agency under the approved
regulations.
8- Prepare and study the reports on the implementation of the plans
and programmes and forward them to the Board of Directors.
9-Contact research centers, universities, museums, local, regional,
Arab and international organizations concerned with studies and
research in order to exchange information and expertise in the area of
various activities.
10-The Secretary-General shall present the closing account of the
Agency and the annual report on its activities to the Board of
Directors within the maximum period of 3 months as from the end of
the fiscal year.
Section (5)
Secretary General Responsibilities and Authority
Article (9)
– The Agency shall have an independent budget and the Agency
shall be funded by:
1- Appropriations allocated by the Government of Abu Dhabi.
2-Income earned by carrying out its activities.
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3-Gifts, donations and grants as well as wills accepted by the Board of
Directors in accordance with the regulations stipulated.
Article (10)
– The Agency along with its centers, sections and departments, partially or
completely owned by the Agency, shall be fully exempted from all type of
local taxes and duties.
Section (6)
Concluding Articles
Article (11)
– Civil service regulations and laws, civil retirement and benefits
applicable in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi shall govern the Agency
UAE national employees and staff unless otherwise specified in
the personnel policy of the Agency.
Article (12)
The Board of Directors shall appoint one auditor or more to audit and
review the Agency accounts, who shall be certified in the Emirate of Abu
Dhabi and the Board of Directors shall determine their remunerations.
– Article (13)
-The Agency shall be the local competent agency to represent the
emirate of Abu Dhabi at the Federal Environment agency and
implement all federal and local related legislations.
– In agreement with Chairman of the Board of Directors or his deputy,
Minister of Justice shall identify the Agency staff, who have the
capacity of judiciary control, in the area of inspecting the
establishments, sites and projects. The ultimate purpose of this is to
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ensure that they abide by provisions of the federal and local laws,
issued decisions and those for whom judiciary capacity is granted and
approved and check the breach or violation of the applicable provisions
of laws and refer the violator to the judiciary authorities, under the
measures applicable in the UAE.
– Article (14)
– It shall be prohibited for any establishment or any individual to carry
out any activity that could negatively affect the lives of human beings
and the safety of the environment before obtaining a license from the
Agency.
-The Agency inspectors may stop the activity of any establishment or
prevent the use of any material, tool or device if they are used in such a
manner that would endanger health and safety of man and environment.
-Anyone causing by his or her action or negligence any damage or harm
to man or the safety of the environment shall bear all charges and costs
necessary for remedial or removal of such a damage.
– Article (15)
-Without prejudice to any stricter penalty specified by another law,
anybody violating provisions of this law shall be punished by
imprisonment or the minimum amount of AED 15,000/- as a fine or
either penalties and confiscate the machines, tools or devices breaching
the related provisions specified in paragraph 3 of the 14th article of this
law.
-Under all circumstances, the violator shall remove the effects of the
breach at the time or date set by the Agency; otherwise, the Agency
shall do the same at his own expense.
– Article (16)
-Without prejudice to provisions of federal laws in respect of the
environment, the Agency shall carry out its responsibilities specified
herein in coordination with the Federal Environment Agency.
– Article (17)
Law No. (4) of 1996 pertaining to the establishment and development
of the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency
and amendments thereto shall be superseded by Law no. (1) of 1997
and Law No. (2) of 1999 pertaining to the protection of the safety of
man and the agricultural environment from abuse of chemical
fertilizers and pesticides.
Article (18)
This law shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall come into
effect from the date of its publication.
Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Ruler of Abu Dhabi
Issued by us in Abu Dhabi on 15th June, 2005, corresponding to 8 of
first Jumada, 1426 Hijri.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/Tacsoft/FileManager/Laws/Law%20No.%2016%20for%20Reorganization%20of%20the%20Agency-%20English.pdf

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Fact Sheet

June 6, 2010

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
Official Environment Agency of the government of Abu Dhabi
Address Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD)
PO Box 45553
Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Building
Al Morour Road (St.5) cross with Mohamed bin Khalifa Road
(St. 15)
T: +971 2 4454777
F: +971 2 4463339
E-mail: customerservice@ead.ae
Website: http://www.ead.ae
Profile Established in 1996, the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
(EAD) provides direction to government, business and industry,
and the community on building environmental considerations
into the way they plan and live, without compromising the
development of the Emirate.
In 2008, EAD was awarded ISO 9001 for Quality; ISO 14001
for Environment and ISO 18001 for Health and Safety.
The Agency is committed to:
􀂃 Improve the quality and quantity of water resources
􀂃 Improve air quality
􀂃 Raise awareness on climate change
􀂃 Protect society and environment from waste and
hazardous materials
􀂃 Conserve biological diversity
􀂃 Champion the implementation of the Environment,
Health and Safety Management System
Milestones 􀂃 EAD oversees implementation of the Environment,
Health and Safety Management System in Abu
Dhabi. This system allows businesses to achieve
their objectives efficiently by managing their impact
on the environment, and minimizing occupational
and public health and safety risks
􀂃 EAD leads the development of a Climate Change
policy and strategy for Abu Dhabi
􀂃 EAD partners with international experts to establish
enhanced environmental management and air
quality monitoring programmes for the Emirate
􀂃 EAD established the Abu Dhabi Sustainability
Group (ADSG) the first of its kind at the level of
public sector institutions in the Arab world. The
ADSG comprises 15 of Abu Dhabi’s leading
government, private and non-profit organizations
􀂃 EAD published the Abu Dhabi Water Master Plan,
which analyses the status of present and future
water use in the Emirate.
􀂃 EAD established a programme to release the
Arabian Oryx (Al Maha) back into its natural habitat
after more than 40 years near extinction
􀂃 EAD established and manages several nature
protected areas, including Al Wathba Wetland
Reserve and Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve
􀂃 EAD established programmes to monitor the
Emirate’s marine environment with special focus on
endangered species, water quality, fisheries and
critical habitats
􀂃 EAD manages the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the
first and largest public falcon hospital in the world.
This has been a commitment for over 10 years.
􀂃 At its National Avian Research Centre, EAD
developed captive breeding techniques for the
Asian houbara bustards to prevent the extinction of
the endangered species
􀂃 EAD implements a range of environmental
awareness programmes in the schools of the
Emirate
􀂃 EAD leads the “Paperless Office” initiative
􀂃 In 2008, for the first time in the UAE, EAD
conducted a survey on the level of environmental
awareness and behaviour in Abu Dhabi
􀂃 EAD champions the Abu Dhabi Global
Environmental Data Initiative providing user-friendly
access to high quality environmental data
􀂃 In 2008, EAD won the Abu Dhabi Award for
Excellent Government Performance (Best Large
Government Entity and Excellent Managerial
Project)
􀂃 In 2009, EAD was awarded the Environmental
Management Award for best implementation of
environmental management in an Arab government
agency

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/_data/global/files/fact%20sheet%202010/english%20revised%20ead%20fact%20sheet2010.pdf