Sheikh Khalifa marks UAE National Environment Day

President Sheikh Khalifa said that this year’s National Environment Day, which the country is celebrating today, should be marked in the spirit that Sheikh Zayed brought to matters of natural heritage.

The Founding Father always cultivated a respect for our natural resources as a reminder of our responsibility for sustainable levels of consumption, Sheikh Khalifa said.

The excessive consumption of the UAE’s resources of any kind is to the outright detriment of our children’s and grandchildren’s future, the President said, according to Wam.

In previous years, there were great strides in efforts to conserve resources, on sea and land, including the enactment of many pieces of legislation to ensure their safety, he said.

“We have also adopted many ambitious national strategies to transform our national economy into a green economy that pays great attention to the environment and the preservation of its resources,” Sheikh Khalifa said.

This includes ambitious targets for producing power from clean and renewable sources of energy such as solar.

The UAE has worked to preserve groundwater stocks and helped farmers to develop more modern and environmentally friendly practices in agriculture, including conservation of fish and livestock resources.

UAE waters are home to as many as 30 shark species, which are classified as endangered or critically endangered and a five-month ban on shark fishing began on Thursday.

Sheikh Khalifa said that the country is keen to establish more natural reserves and programmes for the protection of wildlife, particularly endangered species.

A conservation reserve that spans 10 per cent of the Dubai emirate’s total area was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, last month.

The Marmoom Reserve project will be the first unfenced desert conservation reserve in the country and will host more than 20 environmental, cultural and sports initiatives.

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