Abu Dhabi: Ms. Andrea Matteo Fontana, the ambassador of the European Union to the UAE, travelled to Jubail Mangrove Park in Abu Dhabi with a group of ambassadors and representatives from 16 EU member states to take a stand against climate change by planting mangroves and educating people about the value of these ecosystems.
The EU Delegation to the UAE organised the visit in order to highlight the critical role that mangroves play as a natural climate change mitigation strategy, support the UAE’s ambitious plan to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 and support the Mangrove Alliance for Climate, which is led by the UAE.
Youngsters from the Arab Youth Center and the UAE Youth Climate Delegates also took part in the visit. Dr. Das Himansu, Ms. Huda Al Mazrouei, and Mr. Ahmed Al Hashmi, Executive Director of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, welcomed the delegation.
Representatives from Jubail Island, including Mr. Mohamed Hafez, the adventure director, and Eng. Abdullah Al Shamsi, the corporate director, attended the delegation as well. The party was given a tour of Jubail Mangrove Park during their visit, where they learned more about the critical function of mangroves in halting climate change.
The EU has also committed to planting at least three billion additional trees in the EU by 2030, as per the statement. The visit to Jubail Mangrove Park brought home how crucial it is for everyone to work together to maintain and restore mangrove habitats in order to reduce climate change and create a sustainable future.