The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has held a workshop to develop the national strategy for the sustainability of the marine environment and fisheries
The workshop saw broad participation from more than 40 participants from municipalities, specialised environmental bodies, federal and local government departments, universities, port authorities, and a large number of scientific experts in environmental and marine sciences, scientists, and researchers.
In his opening speech at the workshop, His Excellency Dr Mohammed Al Hammadi, assistant undersecretary for the Biodiversity and Marine Life Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment said, "The concerted national efforts based on constructive cooperation with our strategic partners from specialised environmental entities and relevant federal and local government departments and the private sector will have a great impact in developing the national strategy for the sustainability of the marine environment and fisheries, and effectively contributing to the development and enhancement of the protection of marine resources in the UAE and ensuring their sustainability.
"Based on an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and available opportunities, a strategic framework will be developed from a future vision and key guidelines that respond to the challenges facing the marine environment and fisheries and global trends for the governance of marine ecosystem management. Its goals are to rely on developmental economic patterns with high added value, considering the marine environment's specificity and fragility and the challenges of preserving the marine environment and fisheries."
Workshop attendees engaged in discussions around the National Strategy for the Sustainability of the Marine Environment and Fisheries 2024-2030. They examined the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment's efforts, along with those of other participating entities, in maintaining the sustainability of the marine environment and fisheries. This included a review of the numerous initiatives and projects the Ministry has initiated, spanning marine environmental research, studies, and marine habitat rehabilitation projects.
Participants also discussed developing a national plan to combat marine pollutants, establishing a national framework for sustainable fisheries, and introducing legislation to address changes in fish stock status, climate change impacts, and human activities. The discussions also touched on strategies to mitigate the effects of pollutants originating from terrestrial and marine sources.
Further discussions were held on other key strategic directions and initiatives. These primarily focused on the sustainability of marine and coastal environments, the preservation of living aquatic resources, and the collation of relevant statistics and data. They also explored research initiatives and the enhancement of national capacities related to the strategy's objectives.