Author First name, Last name, Institution

John A. Burt, New York University Abu Dhabi
Noura Al-Mansoori, New York University Abu Dhabi; Environment Agency Abu Dhabi
Ivonne Bejarano, American University of Sharjah
Gary Brown, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
Oscar Campbell, Nautica Environmental Associates LLC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Johannes Els, Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Gary R. Feulner, Dubai Natural History Group, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Guillermo Friis-Montoya, New York University Abu Dhabi; Royal Botanic Gardens
Aaron Henderson, United Arab Emirates University
Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi Howarth, Brigitte (Department of Culture and Tourism, NHMAD
, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, , Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
David M. John, Natural History Museum
Jacky Judas, Soudah Development, Abha, Saudi Arabia
Daniel Mateos-Molina, Emirates Nature-WWF, Bay Square Building 4, Level 2, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Matthew Mitchell, New York University Abu Dhabi
Ada Natoli, Zayed University
Francesco Paparella, New York University Abu Dhabi
Fadi (Hefaiyah Mountain Conservation Centre Yaghmour, Scientific Research Department
, Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Kalba, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates , Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Kalba, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, , Environment and Protected Areas Authority, Kalba, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Document Type

Book Chapter

Source of Publication

A Natural History of the Emirates

Publication Date

11-1-2023

Abstract

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) faces the challenge of balancing rapid economic development with environmental preservation and conservation in the Anthropocene era. The nation’s unique ecosystems, characterized by arid desert, rugged mountains, and diverse marine habitats, are vulnerable to disturbances such as urbanization, habitat degradation, groundwater extraction and climate change. To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies. By embracing a vision of development that respects the natural environment and safeguards its plant and animal life, the UAE can demonstrate its commitment and serve as a model for other nations to follow, becoming a shining example of responsible development by 2050.

ISBN

978-3-031-37396-1, 978-3-031-37397-8

Publisher

Springer Nature Switzerland

First Page

735

Last Page

748

Disciplines

Environmental Sciences

Keywords

Sustainable development, Biodiversity conservation, Environmental policy, Ecosystem-based management, Urban planning

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Hybrid: This publication is openly available in a subscription-based journal/series

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