The Agency's mandate includes monitoring and preserving the quality of the land, water, and air as well as promoting the protection of natural resources.
The report, which was published digitally for the fourth year running, showed how EAD carries out its mission to safeguard Abu Dhabi's environment for future generations. The Agency monitors and conserves the quality of the land, the water, and the air as part of its purpose. It also promotes the protection of natural resources and the prevention of climate change and all of its terrible impacts.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAD, stated in the report's introduction: "In 2022, EAD asserted its leadership and succeeded in strengthening Abu Dhabi's position on the national and international stage as well as its active role in protecting the environment and species. The United Nations Environment Programme included the Agency's programmes on its list of the top ten global initiatives to restore and rehabilitate environmental ecosystems, further highlighting their distinctiveness and elevating their status as world-class models of excellence.
"It was also a pivotal year of positive climate action," Sheikh Hamdan continued, "during which EAD intensified its efforts to support the vision and aspirations of the UAE government and, thanks to its innovative leadership role in Abu Dhabi, reduced the effects of climate change which further contributes to realising the goals of the strategic climate neutrality by 2050 initiative."
He continued, "We have a dedicated team to guarantee that we are achieving the strategic goals outlined in this vision, and we have already begun to take significant and tangible efforts to develop initiatives in support of Environmental Centennial 2071. We are on the right route to preserving the sustainability of our resources for future generations and delivering a safe and clean environment.
In the foreword, EAD's managing director and board member Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak stated, "Every year, I feel proud when I look at what we have achieved at EAD. We persisted in 2022 in our efforts to significantly improve Abu Dhabi's environmental situation and ensure a sustainable environment for future generations.
The launch of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative in February 2022 at a meeting between His Royal Highness Prince William and H.H. Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, on Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi, was one of EAD's most notable accomplishments. In order to assist minimise the effects of climate change, increase awareness of the value of mangroves and the need to restore them, and provide a platform for the development of creative mangrove planting solutions, the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Initiative was founded.
Through a public-facing campaign called "Mission to Zero," EAD set an ambitious, long-term goal to achieve zero use of single-use plastics, while generating zero waste, zero carbon emissions, and zero damage to biodiversity. The campaign consisted of a number of physical and online activities geared towards the community at large, as well as stores, restaurants, government agencies, and young people in particular.
20 Arabian Oryx were successfully moved by EAD to Shumari Wildlife Reserve in Jordan as part of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Arabian Oryx Reintroduction Programme, which is recognised as one of the most effective conservation initiatives ever. The Agency successfully relocated 20 Scimitar-Horned Oryx and 25 Addax to Chad's Ouadi Rime-Ouadi Achim Game Reserve, continuing the largest mammal reintroduction effort in history. The release of 71 falcons into the wilds of Kazakhstan contributed to the Sheikh Zayed Falcon Release Program's ongoing success. Since the program's inception in 1995, 2,159 falcons have been successfully returned to their original environments.
Another notable accomplishment in 2022 was the introduction of EAD's "Green Industries" Environmental Labelling Programme, which was developed in accordance with the finest global eco-labelling standards while taking into account the characteristics of Abu Dhabi's industrial sector. The plan seeks to develop cooperative relationships in order to increase the contribution of industrial facilities to environmental protection.