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. Throughout the project, it has been of the utmost importance that Abu Dhabi’s local capacity be developed for the continuation of the Blue Carbon assessments in the future. In order to achieve this. the process has integrated EAD employees, volunteers from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the Higher Colleges for Technology, Takatof and the community of Abu Dhabi with the various international specialists.
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