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UAE marks International Day for Biological Diversity


Dubai, May 22 (IANS/WAM) The (UAE) joined the world in celebrating World Biodiversity Day on Tuesday.

It is observed annually on May 22. This year's celebration was being held under the theme "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity" to mark the 25th on Biological Diversity, ratified by the UAE in 1992 and acceded to in 2000.

Speaking on the occasion, Hiba Al Shehhi, at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, said that biodiversity was a key ingredient in conservation policies in the UAE.

explained that the UAE Vision 2021 underscored the importance of the conservation of the rich natural of the homeland from the risks of human activities through preventive measures like reducing carbon emissions and through regulatory measures that protect the fragile ecosystems from urban expansion.

She added that the UAE's leading standing in wildlife conservation was further cemented by the National Programme for the Sustainability of Wildlife, an initiative of the

The programme aimed to ensure the sustainability of the rich local biodiversity through an array of integrated legislations, policies, research and initiatives that protect indigenous species, regulate the trade in flora and fauna and identify invasive species and mechanisms to eradicate and control them.



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First Published: Tue, May 22 2018. 20:44 IST