EAD launches book on enhancing marine water quality

ABU DHABI, 5th March, 2019 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, has launched a digital book titled, ‘The Reservation and Sustainability of Marine Water in Abu Dhabi’. The book documents the achievements of the Higher Committee for Enhancing Marine Water Quality and its technical team from 2012 to 2018.

Outlining the team’s marine water protection and sustainability efforts in Abu Dhabi and its key projects and initiatives, the book was launched as part of Abu Dhabi Blue Week.

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, launched the e-Book in the presence of Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD Acting General-Secretary, Ahmad Saqr Al Suwaidi CEO ADNOC Offshore, and Saif Rashed Al Muhairi, President Maritime Sector in Department of Transport – Abu Dhabi.

The book is the result of a collaboration between member entities of the committee and EAD’s technical team. Several students from Zayed University also participated in compiling the publication, enabling them to enhance their knowledge and capabilities, and gain valuable experience that they can apply in their future careers.

Commenting on the book launch, Dr. Al Dhaheri said, “The formation of the committee in 2012 under the chairmanship of EAD and with the membership of all stakeholders concerned with the quality of marine water, came in response to the challenges facing the marine environment in the emirate. Furthermore, it reflected EAD’s belief in the importance of preserving the quality of marine water for sustainable coastal development. The committee prepared a plan to stop harmful discharges to the marine environment, establish a unified legislative and regulatory framework for the marine environment, and address the emergencies that may affect marine waters.”

The book summarises the most important achievements of the committee and the key projects and programmes implemented within the plan.

It also outlines the committee’s role in boosting the quality of marine water and developing integrated work mechanisms for its member entities, particularly in terms of licensing and enforcement procedures, emergency response and infrastructure projects.

In his foreword to the publication, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Vice Chairman of EAD and Head of the Higher Committee for Enhancing Marine Water Quality, said, “Abu Dhabi has assigned a special priority to improving marine water quality, since marine water is the main source of desalinated fresh water, and waterways and ports are instrumental in boosting the national economy and trade with the region and the world.”

He added, “Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, announced by the Abu Dhabi government, includes a special programme focusing on marine water quality, and mandates EAD to coordinate with other stakeholders to execute projects and initiatives as part of this programme.”

For her part, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EAD, said, “We attribute the encouraging results to the effective cooperation between the members of the Higher Committee for Enhancing Marine Water Quality and the invaluable support of other relevant entities.”

She added, “Since its inception, the committee has implemented multiple projects, programmes and initiatives. It also launched awareness campaigns targeting different segments of society as well as public and private sector institutions. These endeavours have helped create a better understanding of the factors that have a negative effect on marine water quality as well as the measures that result in its tangible improvement.”

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