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Abu Dhabi’s mangrove planting initiative moves towards climate neutrality

The action is part of the emirate's initiative to grow 100 million mangroves by 2030.

The action is part of the emirate’s initiative to grow 100 million mangroves by 2030.

Ambitious Mangrove Planting Program

Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency has made significant strides, achieving 44% of its ambitious goal to plant 100 million mangrove trees by 2030. This initiative stands as a crucial step towards the emirate’s aspiration of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

Milestones in Mangrove Restoration

Since 2020, a total of 44 million mangrove trees have been planted, with 23 million trees added in the last two years alone, covering an extensive area of 9,200 hectares. 

This endeavor aligns with the Abu Dhabi Climate Change Strategy, aiming to expedite the preservation and rejuvenation of mangrove ecosystems.

Environmental Impact and Carbon Sequestration

The planted mangrove trees are anticipated to store approximately 233,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually. This significant environmental benefit is equivalent to the energy consumption of more than 25,000 homes. Such efforts hold substantial promise in mitigating climate change impacts.

Honoring the Legacy of Sheikh Zayed

Highlighting the environmental significance of this initiative, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, chairman of the agency’s board of directors, emphasized the continuation of the late Sheikh Zayed’s legacy in bolstering and sustaining coastal ecosystems. 

Mangroves are acknowledged as highly productive coastal ecosystems, serving a vital role by offering diverse environmental and economic services.

Abu Dhabi’s relentless commitment to planting and conserving mangrove trees not only underscores its dedication to environmental sustainability but also echoes its pledge to preserve precious ecosystems for future generations.

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