UAE: Council for Climate Change and Environment in 2022
The inaugural meeting of the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment in 2022 was presided over by Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
The minister said, “Over its three decades of climate action, the UAE, owing to the vision of its wise leadership, has presented a leading model of tackling climate change through mitigation and adaptation. Just last year, we hit a significant milestone with the launch of the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.”
She added, “As part of the endeavours of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and strategic partners from the public and private sectors, the UAE Council for Climate Change and Environment meets to review the progress of the implementation of climate initiatives in the UAE in line with the Principles of the 50 that seek to promote sustainable economic development and build a better future for the current and next generations.”
The meeting attendees gave an overview of the council’s goals, tasks, and accomplishments from its first cycle, which ran from 2016 to 2019, and its second cycle, which ran from 2020 to 2022, as well as its present organizational structure. They talked about the UAE Council for Climate Action and the UAE Council for Environmental and Municipal Work, as well as the council’s new structure suggestion. The new model aims to increase focus on topics of shared interest among UAE stakeholders, such as climate neutrality, environmental protection, and municipal work, to align efforts and improve efficiency in the implementation of national strategies and plans, and to define roles and responsibilities in light of current and future developments.
Members of the council also discussed the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, which was announced in October 2021. They looked into the mechanisms for developing an implementation strategy, such as a baseline assessment and analysis of emissions and their sources, the necessary legislative framework, an assessment of potential threats from climate change and appropriate mitigation measures, and national emission reduction plans that support long-term economic development.
The meeting also included updates on the national initiative to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030, which was announced at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in an effort to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation capabilities, protect the marine environment, and conserve natural resources and biodiversity in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The participants were informed about the mangrove planting target’s implementation strategy, which would be carried out in partnership with federal government authorities, local environmental bodies, the private sector, public welfare organizations, and academics. An assessment of the existing state of the mangrove cover, identification of areas and numbers of trees per site, and seedling planting programs are all part of the multi-phased strategy.