Soil is a non-renewable resource composed of mineral and organic material. It provides sustenance for a large part of terrestrial life, and is the living part and one of the main building blocks of land that comprises soils, rivers and vegetation.
Data on sustainability of land for their current land uses will be available in 2020
Land degradation in Abu Dhabi Emirate is driven by a number of natural and anthropogenic factors, including wind erosion, salinisation, waterlogging, vegetation loss, expansion of built-up areas, excavation and landfilling.
The emirate’s natural soil salinity, soil erosion, shallow hardpans and low soil fertility limit soil and land development. In addition, there are anthropogenic pressures such as over-grazing and inappropriate irrigation.
85 % of land in Abu Dhabi Emirate is naturally degraded. There is no available information on the state of soils affected by anthropogenic degradation factors.