Dubai Municipality to plant mangrove trees in Dubai’s Natural Reserves

Dubai Municipality

Mangrove forests play an important role in reducing carbon emissions

Dubai Municipality has launched an initiative to plant mangrove trees in Dubai’s natural reserves. This is part of its efforts to preserve and develop the coastal environment.

Mangrove forests play an important role in reducing carbon emissions, providing natural habitats. They promote reproduction and sustainability of marine biodiversity and create ecotourism.

Dawoud Al Hajri, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said, “The initiative is part of implementing the UAE leadership’s directives to strengthen environmental sustainability and protect, manage and enhance the nation’s rich biodiversity. The initiative is of particular significance in the context of the UAE’s strategic initiative to drive efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

“We are looking to increase the cultivation of mangroves in Dubai as they are considered an environmental treasure and have great economic and biological importance. They contribute to preserving different types of wildlife and marine life. The environment of mangrove roots serves as a natural incubator for fishery resources. They also provide a protective habitat for birds apart from being a source of food for them,” he further said.

Dubai Municipality will start planting mangrove trees in its marine reserves in Ras Al Khor and Jebel Ali. Mangroves are among the most important plants of the local coastal environment. Their presence contributes to the formation of an ecosystem rich in organic materials. Mangroves are also a refuge for endemic and migratory birds, in addition to producing a high quantity of oxygen.

Mangrove plants purify the environment by absorbing some harmful chemical pollutants. Mangroves also help increase biodiversity by providing a suitable environment for the growth and reproduction of marine organisms.


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