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MOCCAE, Al Rostamani Group to promote UAE mangrove planting

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In light of the Year of Sustainability and the UAE’s preparations for hosting COP28, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Al Rostamani Group. The purpose of this MoU is to provide support for the mangrove planting Initiative, which aims to plant 100 million mangrove trees by the year 2030.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was formally executed at the Ministry’s principal office located in Dubai, with the esteemed presence of Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, the Minister of Climate Change and Environment for mangrove planting. The document was signed by Dr. Mohammed Salman Al Hammadi, who holds the position of Assistant Undersecretary for the Biodiversity and Marine Life Sector at the Ministry, and by Hassan Abdullah Al Rostamani, who serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Al Rostamani Group.

According to Mariam Almheiri, it was stated that…

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has demonstrated a strong dedication to advancing nature-based solutions as an integral component of its national approach to fostering climate action. In light of the UAE’s commemoration of the Year of Sustainability and its forthcoming hosting of COP28 in November, the nation is actively constructing a comprehensive framework to advocate for the cultivation of mangroves as a nature-centric approach to combat climate change. This endeavor is exemplified by the establishment of the mangrove planting Alliance for Climate (MAC) initiative, which operates in collaboration with Indonesia.

Almheiri made an additional contribution for MOCCAE mangrove planting alliance.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has just given its official support to the ‘Mangrove Breakthrough’ initiative. This program is a joint endeavor of the Global mangrove planting Alliance (GMA) and the UN Climate Change High-Level Champions. Its primary objective is to restore and safeguard a total of 15 million hectares of mangroves worldwide by the year 2030. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is currently prioritizing the expeditious advancement of its endeavors towards achieving the goal of planting 100 million mangrove trees by the year 2030. Additionally, the UAE aims to disseminate its acquired knowledge and expertise in this domain to a global audience.

The collaboration with Al Rostamani Group exemplifies the collaborative endeavors between the Ministry and the private sector in pursuit of the United Arab Emirates’ climate and environmental objectives. We anticipate further collaboration to successfully attain our Net Zero by 2050 targets.

According to Marwan Abdullah Al Rostamani, the Chairman of Al Rostamani Group,

Since its establishment, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made significant progress in nation-building and empowering its citizens. This collective effort spans across generations, as we all contribute to this goal. Our organization remains dedicated to upholding the principles and values established by our esteemed founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who exemplified leadership in the realm of sustainable development. The individual possessed the ability to anticipate a future characterized by environmental sustainability. It is our collective aspiration that future generations, specifically our children, will emulate this vision and demonstrate reverence and gratitude towards the natural world and the ecological systems that include it.

The Al Rostamani Group expresses its pride and honor in providing support to this initiative in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. This commitment is in line with our dedication to our nation, as well as the United Arab Emirates’ strategic vision and the Ministry’s long-term objectives pertaining to environmental sustainability and clean energy.

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment’s initiative would benefit from the Al Rostamani Group’s participation by increasing the number of mangrove plantations throughout the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, their participation will assist in the establishment of a contemporary mangrove nursery for the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.

This recently established nursery will focus on the production of seedlings as a component of the 100 Million Mangrove Trees by 2030 Initiative. The objective of this method is to reduce operational costs and increase the annual production capacity to 7 million mangrove seedlings by the year 2030, resulting in an average production of around 1 million seedlings per year.

Mangrove forests are of significant importance in safeguarding the coastlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against the adverse impacts of escalating sea levels and storms. Additionally, they serve as critical habitats for various marine species and function as inherent reservoirs for carbon sequestration.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) harbors a substantial population of over 60 million mangrove trees, which span an expansive region of 183 square kilometers. These mangroves play a crucial role in sequestering a noteworthy amount of carbon dioxide, estimated to be around 43,000 metric tons on an annual basis. The inclusion of an additional 100 million mangrove trees would result in a cumulative coverage of 483 square kilometers, enabling the capture of about 115,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide on an annual basis.

Mangrove trees have been identified as a highly efficient nature-based approach for the sequestration and retention of carbon emissions. Numerous studies have underscored its remarkable capacity to trap carbon emissions, surpassing those of terrestrial ecosystems by a factor of 4–5.

According to studies from the United Nations, mangrove trees have the capacity to store more than 1,000 metric tons of carbon per hectare in their biomass and soil. Additionally, they serve as secure natural habitats for marine animals, with around 80% of global fish species relying on mangroves for their survival.

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