Overview of Responses

Abu Dhabi Government is committed to preserving the emirate’s environment and natural resources to maintain the wellbeing of its people and the strength of its economy for present and future generations. This commitment has been reflected in the Abu Dhabi Plan, which is the emirate’s strategic blueprint designed to guide its development and sustainable growth. It has 25 key goals, one of which is to achieve ‘a sustainable environment and the optimal use of resources to preserve natural heritage’.

Air Quality

RESPONSES to improve air quality are cross-sectoral, with continuous efforts in monitoring, regulations, enforcement, environmental planning, research and awareness leading to a healthier environment and better quality of life.


RESPONSES have covered a variety of areas. EAD has prioritised land and soil to ensure sustainable and integrated approaches to their protection. The Agency’s soil contamination guideline for Abu Dhabi Emirate ensures that sites affected by contaminants are appropriately identified, assessed and, if necessary, remediated or contained to make them safer for human use. Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) is conducting a programme to check the competency of local laboratories and build their capacities to bridge gaps and achieve local and international accreditation.

Water Resources

A number of entities are working across different priorities to address the water stress issue within an integrated water management framework. This aims to achieve natural water conservation while minimising pollution.

Marine Water Quality

RESPONSES to improve marine water quality aim to limit the impacts mentioned above. These are in the form of management interventions such as water quality monitoring, proposed ambient marine water and sediment quality limits, and regulation of dredging and industrial discharges.


RESPONSES include an extensive network of Protected Areas (PAs) covering nearly 29 % of the emirate’s terrestrial and marine biomes. Monitoring and reintroduction programmes are leading to a change in the status of some of the most threatened species. The development of policies, regulatory frameworks and other policy instruments (such as guidelines) is likely to bring more positive changes for the long-term conservation of emirate’s biodiversity.

Priority Issues

These are the four main priority issues that encompass many of the different environmental themes.

Climate Change

In terms of RESPONSES, Abu Dhabi Emirate’s existing plans and proposed strategies for sustainable development will achieve a reduction in the rate of GHG emissions in the mid-term against a business as usual scenario. The Abu Dhabi Government is committed to the implementation of the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) through economic diversification, yielding mitigation and adaptation co-benefits.


RESPONSES include comprehensive UAE-wide fisheries management. The UAE Sustainable Fisheries Programme is being implemented to ensure the continuity of Emirati fishing traditions, targeting a sustainably-utilised fishery by 2030.


RESPONSES include the classification and prioritisation of forests to manage them scientifically and reduce their carbon footprint. Plans to optimise forestry areas in Abu Dhabi Emirate are in place, including accurate measurement of ground water consumption using the crop calculator tool.


RESPONSES include: public awareness initiatives and engagement in sustainable consumption; improved infrastructure based upon accurate data; incentive programmes to encourage waste minimization, reuse and recycling; and enhanced, enforceable regulations. A comprehensive regulatory framework and the proposed integrated waste management master plan will also help Abu Dhabi Emirate achieve national and local targets.

Abu Dhabi State of Environment Report

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