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UAE President plants mangrove tree in Indonesian forest

On Wednesday, President Sheikh Mohamed planted a mangrove sapling in Bali to establish the UAE’s green partnership with Indonesia.

The UAE president took a detour from the G20 Summit to support Indonesia’s environmental efforts in Ngurah Rai Forest Park.

Sheikh Mohamed was briefed on the mangrove nursery, part of the Asian nation’s attempts to battle climate change.

The UAE and Indonesia will lead an international task group to increase global mangrove conservation.

The Mangrove Alliance for Climate (MAC) was launched last week at Cop27 in Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh by Mariam Al Mheri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.

India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Japan, and Spain are also members.

The partners hope to raise awareness of the crucial role that mangroves, dubbed the “green lung of the world,” will play in combatting climate change.

Members will seek to restore and extend mangrove forests worldwide to provide a natural solution to the world’s severe environmental concerns.

Mangrove forests are among the most prolific and vital ecosystems on the planet.

They can store carbon up to 400% faster than tropical rainforests, protect coastlines from increasing sea levels, erosion, and storm surges, and serve as a breeding ground for marine species.

Healthy mangrove habitats support around 80% of the world’s fish population.

“Increasing reliance on nature-based solutions is an integral element of the UAE’s climate action on the domestic as well as international level, therefore, we seek to expand our mangrove cover,” said Al Mheri.

“At Cop26, we presented our ambitious target of planting 100 million mangroves by 2030. We are pleased to launch MAC jointly with Indonesia, and believe it will go a long way in driving collective climate action and rehabilitating blue carbon ecosystems.”

According to the minister, the UAE plans to plant three million mangroves in the next two months.

Members of the MAC will be able to set their own goals for planting and preserving mangrove forests, foster multilateral cooperation, and share expertise.

The participating countries will collaborate to fund major initiatives in mangrove research, management, and coastal protection, as well as to educate the public about how valuable natural resources can be exploited to help turn back the tide on climate change.

Annual meetings will be held to monitor progress toward targets. BKM/ Expat Media

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