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UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment implements Marine Environment Rehabilitation Programme July 29,2020   |  Source: Al Khaleej

The United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, is collaborating with the private sector to implement a comprehensive programme aimed at rehabilitating the UAE’s marine ecosystems.

The initiative is part of the ministry’s continued efforts to implement creative, feasible, and sustainable solutions to address the challenges facing the marine environment and support the development of the country’s blue economy.

The scheme involves growing corals and mangroves in coastal areas, as well as building artificial habitats, such as manmade caves, in the UAE waters. During H1 2020, the programme witnessed significant developments on several levels.

In partnership with Fujairah Municipality, the Municipality of Dibba Al-Fujairah, and the Fujairah Adventure Centre, MoCCAE established the Fujairah Coral Reef Gardens, the largest project of its kind in the country, in May 2019. The venture aims to cultivate 1.5 million corals over five years across an area of more than 300,000 square meters to conserve marine biodiversity and create a new local tourist attraction.

Coastal barriers and natural rocks provide an ideal environment for the formation of coral reefs. Building on this knowledge, the MoCCAE has launched a coral cultivation project using

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