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Deep-dive text: Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project.

All resources and guidance documents from UAE can be found on the resources page.

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Blue Forests Ecosystems

Blue Forests Economy

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In 2016, ecotourism initiatives launched in two Abu Dhabi locations. The Mangrove National Park encompasses 19 square kilometers of mangrove forests, making it home to nearly 75% of mangrove forests in the UAE along with other blue forests such as salt marshes and algal communities. Additionally, Jubail Mangrove Park encompasses a mangrove boardwalk with 3 kilometers of walking paths. Other ecotoursim opportunities offered within these parks includes kayaking, yoga, and watercolor painting classes.

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Blue Forests Policy

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Blue Forests Communications

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Sustainable Development Goals Met: 

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that current models for economic growth are insufficient to provide for all people given resource and climate limitations. The SDGs, agreed by all parties of the UN General Assembly, are an international commitment to improve the outcomes of economic development for people and the planet. SDGs are focused on a variety of topics from poverty, hunger and well-being, to climate change, inclusivity, and infrastructure.

 

Harnessing the value of blue forests is an opportunity for coastal and island nations to achieve X of the 17 SDGs, fulfill national social, economic and environmental policies; and meet various international commitments, including on climate change and biodiversity conservation.

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Abu Dhabi Blue Forests Project:

Diving deeper into project pathways

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Lessons Learned

Project successes and challenges in UAE
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  • 8.9 Sustainable economics 

  • 11.4 Protecting Natural Heritage 

  • 12.2, 12.8, 12.A Increased Information in harmony with nature 

  • 13.1, Addressing climate mitigation 

  • 14.2, 14.7, 14.A Protecting coastal ecosystems, strengthening resilience, protecting of mangroves, conserving marine area, increasing sustainable use, increasing scientific knowledge 

  • 15.2, 15.5, 15.9, 15.A, 15.B Sustainable Management of Forests, Restoration, local planning, mobilizing resources, conservation finance 

  • 16.7 Participatory decision making 

  • 17.3, 17.6, 17.9, 17.16 Mobilizing financial resources for developing countries, North/South exchange