Atlas on capital’s maritime environ is set for launch

Nada S. Mussallam
Filed on February 20, 2005

ABU DHABI — An atlas depicting the marine environment in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be launched tomorrow at a grand ceremony at the Abu Dhabi InterContinental Hotel under the patronage of Shaikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Heritage Club.

The 277-page book with 12 chapters weighs 4.5kg and covers various aspects of maritime life in the emirate, including the different kinds of fish, coral reefs, herbs, turtles and the habitat of birds.

The 394mm long atlas will be issued in both Arabic and English and 5,000 copies — 2,000 in Arabic and 3,000 in English — will be made available.

Speaking at a Press conference organised yesterday at the Emirates Heritage Club to announce the launch of the atlas, Abdul Monem Mohammed Darweesh, Director of the Environmental Researches Directorate, said the atlas is considered as one of the most important projects of the directorate’s many schemes.

The directorate has taken the help of 11 renowned maritime environment experts from different parts of the world in preparing the atals, including professor Jif Miller from the American University, Cario; Ron Phillips Director of the Environment Research Centre, FLorida; and Dr David John, environment expert at natural history museum, London, said Darweesh.

Local environment authorities and departments, namely Federal Environment Agency (FEA) and the Environment Research and Wildlife Development Agency (Erwda), in addition to the Ministry of Interior have contributed to compiling the scientific details of the atals, said Darweesh.

He said preparations for the atlas commenced in 1998 when the directorate conducted a two-year workshop to study maritime life in the emirate with a special focus on coral reef, mangrove and maritime herbs. Another complementary workshop was conducted in 2000, to study different kinds of fish living in the emirate water, he said.

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