Living in harmony with nature is a mantra etched into every aspect of our work; motivating us as we strive to reach our goal of conserving biodiversity. By recognising and addressing the impacts of humanity on our natural world, we are helping to safeguard the planet’s precious species and ecosystems.
Protecting vulnerable species
Outside of the big cities and the hustle-bustle of the UAE’s urban areas lie a variety of different unique and delicate ecosystems, bursting with biodiversity such as plants, mammals, fish and birds. Being a coastal country, our oceans also hold valuable life forms that are part of the UAE’s history and heritage. Our species work here at EWS-WWF aims to understand the lives, threats and needs of these vulnerable/endangered species in the mountains and at sea, in hope of increasing conservation efforts towards protecting them.
Safeguarding precious habitats
Wildlife coexists with and depends on many factors and resources in close proximity to it, such as plants, other animals and water sources. All these different things can make up a habitat: the natural environment where species live. The UAE has a handful of sites where freshwater catchments are present, and where delicate ecosystems carefully support all kinds of species, from dragonflies to fish as well as endangered mammals. Some of these sites also have historical and cultural significance, as more and more evidence shows that these precious habitats have supported entire communities. We are doing our part to ensure that these habitats and their inhabitants are properly managed, protected and conserved; and to contribute to science with our research initiatives in them.