Thematic Areas

This Abu Dhabi State of Environment Report is a journey in understanding the various dynamic elements and relationships that Drive, put Pressure on, or Impact the environment to form what we currently observe as the State of the environment in Abu Dhabi Emirate. It has been developed to cover five main environmental themes, including air quality, marine water, water resources, soil and biodiversity, as well as several key issues facing the emirate, namely climate change, fisheries, forestry and waste.

Environmental Themes

Air Quality


76 %

Percentage of time within national air quality limits in 2015




Data on sustainability of land for their current land uses will be available in 2020

Marine Water Quality


94 %

Of monitored sites met good microbial water quality standard in 2015

Water Resources


2.013 Mm3

Groundwater abstracted in 2015 (projected value)



80 %

Of terrestrial and marine habitat baseline area retained in Abu Dhabi Emirate in 2015

Priority Issues

Climate Change



Tonnes/Capita CO2 (Based on mid-year revised 2012 population estimates provided by SCAD)



7.6 %

Of fish harvested sustainably in 2015



12.6 %

Reduction of all water use in Forestry in 2016



1.65kg Per Capita

per day of municipal solid waste generated in 2015

Abu Dhabi State of Environment Report

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