Abu Dhabi makes
a giant green leap

ABU DHABI - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a four-year framework agreement in support of the IUCN programme recently, a statement from EAD said on Friday.

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Published: Sat 18 Jun 2011, 11:36 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:35 AM

The EAD also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the implementation of the strategic plan of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC). On signing these agreements, the EAD joins Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the MAVA Foundation, which as Framework Partners, support IUCN’s 2009-2012 programme, shaping a sustainable future with multi-year core funding. The signing ceremony took place at the IUCN headquarters in Switzerland between Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary-General of EAD, and Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General of IUCN.

“Through EAD, we are delighted to welcome the Government of Abu Dhabi as IUCN’s first non-OECD member (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) as a framework partner. The EAD’s mission “to protect and conserve the environment for people’s wellbeing and a better life for all” as well as its vision and values are very close to the IUCN’s heart. We look forward to this strengthened engagement,” said Lefèvre.

The EAD’s support over the next four years will be instrumental for implementation of the current approved programme (2009-2012) as well as for the 2013-2016 programme currently under consultation with the IUCN members, for approval at the World Conservation Congress in 2012, the statement said.

On this occasion, Razan Al Mubarak commented that the EAD’s commitment to environmental conservation goes beyond borders and is deeply rooted on the premise of sound unbiased science and the need to work and share the environmental responsibilities with others from government, NGO and civil society as such the partnership with IUCN is a natural progression.


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