In just over 40 years, Abu Dhabi has evolved from a small fishing community to the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage and traditions of the people of the UAE.
I’m standing knee-high in mud. wishing I had worn wellies not flip-flops. A cavern of mangrove branches blocks Abu Dhabi’s summer skies, and tiny crabs skitter over my bare feet. I’m spending the morning in the mangroves learning about some of the sampling methods that were recently used as part of the groundbreaking “Blue Carbon’ project. Launched by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Initiative (AGEDI) and supported by the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) Blue Carbon refers to the capital’s special coastal ecosystems that comprise mangrove forests, seagrass meadows and saltwater marshlands.