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10 Years, 10 Stories



EWS-WWF is celebrating 10 years of conservation in the UAE. Our mission is to work with people and institutions within the UAE and the region, to conserve biodiversity, tackle climate change and reduce the Ecological Footprint through education, awareness, policy, and science-based conservation initiatives. We hope you will enjoy and be inspired by our work in the last decade, which you can read about in the 10 stories below.

Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF brought together an inspiring determination to protect the UAE’s natural wealth and the years of experience from a credible international organisation.

His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, Chairman of the Board of Directors

1. CONTRIBUTING TO CONSERVATION

 
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Nils Auken - WWF-Canon
© Nils Auken - WWF
Marine Turtle Conservation Project

By using satellite tracking technology, this project aims to better understand the migratory movements and feeding grounds vital to this critically endangered species’ survival in the region. Turtles are important to marine ecosystems and ensuring their future is essential to ensuring the health of these eco-systems. Read more...

2. INITIATING ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

 
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Tiffany Schultz
© Tiffany Schultz
Be’ati Watani & Eco-Schools
As the future protectors of the earth, teaching students about the environment from an early age is integral to developing their passion for it. Through Be’ati Watani and Eco-Schools, EWS-WWF is helping to foster an interest in caring for the environment, both online and through whole school actions. Read more...

The world faces growing environmental challenges that threaten our seas, deserts, mountains and natural resources and although we have achieved a lot, our work here is far from over [...] It's only by working together that we can address these pressing issues.

Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EWS-WWF

3. PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES

 
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EWS-WWF
© EWS-WWF
Sustainable Fisheries and the Choose Wisely Campaign
Overfishing is a global problem and here in the UAE, to help stem the issue, EWS-WWF’s Sustainable Fisheries project aims to raise awareness through the Choose Wisely campaign. As the campaign gains popularity, retailers and the hospitality industry are increasingly offering only sustainable choices to their customers. Read more...

4. UNDERSTANDING & REDUCING THE UAE’S ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT

 
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Edward Parker - WWF-Canon
© Edward Parker - WWF
Ecological Footprint Initiative
To gain a greater understanding of the country’s high Ecological Footprint, an initiative was launched by EWS-WWF which identified the key sectors contributing to the footprint. The UAE became the third country in the world to embark on such in-depth research into its footprint and as a result developed a unique scientific modelling tool to aid in policy design. Read more...

5. CURBING ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

 
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Hartmut Junguis - WWF-Canon
© Hartmut Junguis - WWF
CITES
To help protect the world’s rarest species from illegal wildlife trafficking, EWS-WWF launched a campaign working with UAE authorities on legislation for CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). A CITES species identification manual was translated into Arabic and is now used across the Middle East. Read more...

6. AWARDING ENVIRONMENTAL & COASTAL EXCELLENCE

 
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EWS-WWF
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Blue Flag
Blue Flag is a prestigious award recognised the world over and EWS-WWF is the facilitator for this programme in the UAE. Beaches and marinas awarded this environmental accolade must comply with a strict set of criteria. The first Blue Flags were hoisted over the UAE in 2011, marking a significant step towards the recognition of coastal excellence in the country. Read more...

7. PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES

 
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Heroes of the UAE
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Heroes of the UAE
To address the country’s high Ecological Footprint, Heroes of the UAE was launched in partnership with Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi. This sustainability campaign targets all sectors of society, including businesses, individuals, government authorities and schools, in changing their daily actions for the betterment of the environment. Read more...

8. PRESERVING OUR NATURAL HABITATS

 
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Michel Roggo
© Michel Roggo
Wadi Wurayah
Home to more than 500 species: 50 of which are new to science and important freshwater resources, the Wadi Wurayah project has been successful in helping to preserve the area’s vast biodiversity. EWS-WWF aided in the designation of the site as a mountain protected area. Read more...

9. CONTRIBUTING TO MARINE RESEARCH

 
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EWS-WWF
© EWS-WWF
Coral Reef Conservation
Mapping the coral reefs in the southeastern Gulf is one of the legacies of the Coral Reef Cosnervation. This project helped to shed light on the abundance of biodiversity in Abu Dhabi and Qatari waters and the large number of marine life dependent on coral reefs for survival. Read more...

10. INSPIRING ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION

 
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Earth Hour
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Earth Hour
As a global sustainability movement, Earth Hour is the largest voluntary environment action in the world. EWS-WWF facilitates this popular event in the UAE and has been encouraged to see significant increases in the number of people participating in recent years. Earth Hour calls for everyone to switch their lights off on the same day around the world for just one hour. Read more...