Focus on water conservation

ABU DHABI — Awareness campaign, beach cleaning and "go-green" badges were part of the World Environment Day activities hosted by Abu Dhabi Marine Operation Company (ADMA-OPCO).


Silvia Radan

Published: Mon 23 Jun 2008, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:34 PM

This year, the chosen theme was water conservation, since it is considered one of the main environmental issues in the UAE.

Two teams from ADMA-OPCO spent a day on Ghantoot beach, where they learnt about turtle nesting and dhub (large lizards) conservation, planted mangrove saplings and collected rubbish and marine waste.

Their activities were much applauded by their colleagues, friends and families, who watched their hard work on video during the launch of Environment Day on June 17.

The programme also included a quiz, a water awareness lecture presented by the Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi, a play and an award ceremony.

A three-day exhibition, displaying posters, leaflets and pictures on water conservation, was also organised for both ADMA-OPCO employers and visitors, an exhibition which is currently visiting various schools in Abu Dhabi.

Rashid Al Jarwan, General Manager of ADMA-OPCO, urged everyone to start saving water, stressing that its conservation had become a necessity, rather than an option.

"Water is something which we take for granted. It's there when we want it and we hardly give it a second thought. Turn on the tap, and there it is. However, for many in the world clean water is a luxury. We should always remember that water is a vital part of our daily lives," said Al Jarwan.

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