Ahead of World Environment Day, which is observed on 5 June every year, the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (Moccae) and Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality have planted more than 2,500 mangrove seedlings in Fujairah’s Al Badiya area, located along the east coast of the UAE.
The move comes as the ministry looks to rehabilitate marine and coastal habitats, safeguard local biodiversity, and increase greenery along the area, which will be monitored by the ministry to record the growth rate of the seedlings.
Commenting on the plantation drive, the UAE's Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, said: "Mangroves offer a wealth of benefits that range from water filtration and sanitation to enhancing climate change resilience through carbon sequestration and serving as a home for a large number of marine species."
The minister noted that the ministry had previously worked with local authorities as well to plant mangroves at Al Zorah Natural Reserve in Ajman and Al-Muzahmi Protected Area in Ras Al Khaimah.
According to director-general of Dibba Al Fujairah Municipality, Hassan Salem Al Yamahi, the initiative will beautify the area and create a new tourist attraction in the emirate, which is home to five protected marine areas in the UAE.
Before planting the seedlings, technical teams from Moccae surveyed the east coast at Al Badiya to make sure the soil type, tidal levels, and existing biodiversity were suitable for mangroves, according to a report by state news agency, Wam.