Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Biodiversity Management Sector – Terrestrial

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

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