EAD secretary general to deliver the keynote speech at the International Water Summit
Groundwater in the United Arab Emirates is largely a non-renewable resource, making its protection and conservation a vital undertaking. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) will be participating at the International Water Summit (IWS) in January to raise awareness about its conservation efforts and regulatory role when it comes to conserving this precious resource and to discuss potential cooperation opportunities with key global players to address this issue.
EAD's regulatory role in permitting and controlling the drilling of wells has contributed enormously to the conservation of UAE's groundwater, and its endorsement of the IWS, which will take place in Abu Dhabi Jan. 15 to 17, 2013, confirms its commitment to promoting the role UAE is playing in addressing this crucial issue.
The keynote speech of the inaugural International Water Summit, by H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD secretary general, on Jan. 16, will set the tone for action on water scarcity in arid regions and provide inspiration for the government delegations, policymakers, scientists and business leaders attending this global event.
EAD's stand at the IWS Exhibition will feature elements such as:
- An onsite program featuring presentations by EAD experts on the status of groundwater;
- A downloading station where people can download strategies and documents related to water resources; and
- A "UAE Native Plants" wall promoting UAE's salt-tolerant flora.
A prominent feature of the exhibit will be a "Groundwater Through the Years" timeline, which will show visitors how Abu Dhabi has worked to preserve its groundwater over the years and the exciting initiatives that lie ahead.
Also, a solar desalination unit model will be on display in the Rural Community section of the Sustainable Solutions Village.
"The greatest challenge we are facing when it comes to water supply is the nature of the UAE's climate, which is known to be arid. Also, with increasing developmental pressures, the demand for water is rising," said Dr. Mohamed Yousef Al Madfaei, executive director for EAD, Integrated Environment Policy and Planning Sector. "Over the years, we have adopted a comprehensive management plan that has been aimed at the optimization of groundwater use through careful planning, management and regulation. These efforts have given us a unique insight into the water scarcity issues the Emirate is facing today. EAD presence at IWS will see subject experts lead facilitated workshops and join panel discussions to share the knowledge we have developed over time."