Only 1% decline in Abu Dhabi's natural habitats in 5 years

Over 3,600 known species in emirate include Sooty Falcon

12 September, 09:45

    (ANSAmed) - ABU DHABI, SEPTEMBER 12 - Abu Dhabi has detected a decline of less than one per cent of its natural habitats on average during the past five years, including the most critical and environmentally sensitive ones.

    This was found, Gukf News reports, in a just completed assessment of the emirate's natural habitats, which evaluated their health and maintenance from 2013 until now, said the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD). Areas assessed included the mountain and wadi habitats of Al Ain region, coastal and inland desert areas in Al Dhafra region and the mangroves of Abu Dhabi city.

    "This is a very positive result for the emirate's environmentally critical terrestrial and coastal areas," said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD Secretary General.

    Abu Dhabi is home to over 3,600 known species, with more being discovered each day by the scientists.

    "The best way to ensure their continued protection is by safeguarding the habitats they rely on for food, shelter and survival. The majority of Abu Dhabi's key species such as the vulnerable Sooty Falcon and Arabian Oryx, the endangered Arabian Tahr, and the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle depend on these habitats to survive," Al Mubarak said.

    The mountains and wadis of Al Ain, the deserts in Al Dhafra and the Abu Dhabi mangroves were assessed. EAD EAD is responsible for managing and conserving the emirate's fragile habitats, and committed to achieving the Abu Dhabi Government's goal of protecting at least 80 per cent of all its natural terrestrial and marine habitats. Rapid industrial and urban development are drivers of habitat loss locally and globally, further exacerbated by the effects of climate change and significantly impacting biodiversity, the official noted.


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