Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Environment Management Sector -EMS

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

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3 Responses to “Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – Environment Management Sector -EMS”

  1. TC Says:

    Hi,

    Is it possible for a foreign lab (located outside of UAE) to be registered with EAD to provide specialized analysis work ?

    Thanks.

  2. Carli Baessler Says:

    Hi just to add something here, I would like to suggest we all take a little more care in the planet since man is destroying it. Please help if not for yourself, think about our children for God Sake. I am doing my part please do yours.

  3. Everest Trekking Says:

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