Abu Dhabi: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has announced a Mangrove Planting initiative in a move towards achieving the Go Green 2023 environmental goals. The initiative aims to plant 65 mangrove trees on Al Reem Island, which will contribute to the university’s efforts to promote a sustainable environment.
As part of its Go Green 2023 campaign, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is taking action to raise awareness and promote initiatives aimed at tackling climate change challenges, in a bid to create a more sustainable future. The latest move by the university is a Mangrove Planting initiative that aims to plant 65 mangrove trees on Al Reem Island, highlighting the importance of preserving the environment and protecting natural resources.
The focus of the initiative was to plant 65 mangrove trees on Al Reem Island, with the aim of making a contribution towards achieving the Go Green 2023 environmental objectives. In collaboration with Nature for Environmental and Agricultural Solutions L.L.C, the initiative provided a chance for the University community to participate in offsetting the negative impact of logging and paper production. The initiative involved the active participation of 40 individuals from the university, including students, faculty, and staff.
By working together in this joint effort, the university successfully planted a total of trees equivalent to the amount of paper consumed annually, representing a significant milestone towards promoting sustainability and creating a better world for all.
Those who participated in the mangrove planting initiative gained a deep appreciation for the significance of preserving nature, protecting the environment, and rehabilitating damaged areas within the mangrove ecosystem. In addition, participants were able to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Al Reem Island while kayaking during the planting initiative and to discover the diverse natural habitat of the mangroves.
Dr. Stephane Desruelles, Head of the Geography and Planning Department, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, emphasised the importance of the Go Green 2023 initiative, which encourages the whole university community to create projects and solutions to fight climate change and establish a sustainable future for generations to come.
Mangroves are vital habitats along the coast, offering nourishment and shelter to diverse marine species. Their significance is further underscored by their role in regulating the carbon cycle, where they absorb and sequester carbon in both above-ground and below-ground biomass. In addition, mangroves serve as a natural barrier against storm surges and flooding, offering protection to coastal communities from the adverse effects of climate change and rising sea levels.