Al Kindi reviews progress of data collection under Al Basama Al Beeiya
- United Arab Emirates: Monday, December 17 - 2007 at 09:51
- PRESS RELEASE
H.E Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Kindi, UAE Minister of Environment and Water (MoEW) today presided over the first meeting of the Steering Committee of Al Basama Al Beeiya (Ecological Footprint) Initiative, which was attended by senior officials.
The project team identified three critical success factors for Al Basama Al Beeiya in its current phase: raise awareness about the project and its mission, facilitate research on vital footprint components and institutional capacity building across the UAE.
Expressing his satisfaction with the progress of the project, Al Kindi said "I am pleased to note that several milestones have been reached in the roll-out of the project and place on record my appreciation for the diligence and hard work of all those involved in the project. I also want to thank all the government and corporate organizations who have been extending all cooperation to our project team," he said.
H.E. Majid Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) and AGEDI (Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative) and member of the steering committee, presented an overview of the project to participants. He stated that the project team is currently engaged in the complex and challenging task of sourcing data on Population and Energy, which have been identified as priority areas in the project's current phase.
Members of the steering committee who attended today's meeting included Dr. Salem Al Dhaheri, Director, FEA (Federal Environment Agency), Mohamed Jawdar, General Coordinator, AGEDI (Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative), Razan Al Mubarak, Managing Director, EWS-WWF (Emirates Wildlife Society - Worldwide Fund for Nature), Dr. Frédéric Launay, Conservation Director of the EWS-WWF, and Dr. Meshgan Mohammed Al Awar, Secretary General of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, Dr. Jassem Darwish, Secretary General of the Federation of UAE Municipalities, Saif Salim Al Shamsi, Deputy Director of Ajman Municipality and Dr. Saif Al Ghais, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection and Development Authority -Ras Al Khaimah. A representative from the Fujairah Municipality was also present at the meeting.
"I am pleased to note that the steering committee enjoys representation from every emirate in the UAE. This shows that we have commitment at the national level. It is absolutely important that we have the full support and cooperation of all the relevant bodies to make this national project a success," Al Kindi said.
The Al Basama Al Beeiya was launched on October 18 as a historic national effort to measure and understand the country's ecological footprint and develop important guidelines for a more resource-conscious and resource-efficient government and society.
Reiterating his Ministry's support to Al Basama Al Beeiya, Al Kindi pointed out that active contribution from multiple stakeholders was crucial to the success of the project. Emphasizing the key role of the committee members, the minister said each member had a responsibility to facilitate data collection, assist in overcoming bureaucratic or other obstacles and ensure active participation of their emirate and the organizations they represent in Al Basama Al Beeiya.
Al Kindi said after the meeting that the committee members have vowed their full support and cooperation to the project team to complete its urgent and complex tasks. He said an important mandate of the committee is to review progress and help the project team with its task of sourcing data on the immediate priority areas of Population and Energy.
In a bid to seek the support and obtain vital data on these sectors, the Al Basama Al Beeiya project team has over the last few weeks met with key players in these sectors including the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Federal National Council Affairs, the General Secretariat of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Executive Affairs Authority, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), Dolphin Energy, the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing of the Government of Dubai, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Federal Customs Authority, and the Ministry of Economy. Meetings are also due to be held shortly with the Environmental Protection and Development Authority - Ras Al Khaimah and the Crescent Petroleum Company, Sharjah for Energy related data.
Al Basama Al Beeiya have targeted to complete the data collection and verification from the Population and Energy sectors by the end of this year.
The four core Al Basama Al Beeiya partners are: UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW), the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), the Emirates Wildlife Society - World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF) and the Global Footprint Network (GFN),
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