Samarkand, The Gulf Observer: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is actively participating in the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP14) Meeting in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Led by Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary-General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the UAE delegation includes representatives from the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) and key government entities.
Under the theme “Nature Knows No Boundaries,” COP14 addresses challenges faced by migratory species, emphasizing the need for international cooperation. The conference aligns with the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and focuses on habitat conservation and threats such as overexploitation and the climate crisis.
On the sidelines, EAD extended its partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to host and support the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) – Abu Dhabi office. Dr. Shaikha and Amy Frankel, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species, signed the agreement in Samarkand.
Speaking at the High-level Segment, Dr. Shaikha highlighted the UAE’s commitment to migratory species conservation. Hosting the CMS Abu Dhabi Office for over 15 years exemplifies the UAE’s vision and support for the conservation of raptors, dugongs, and other migratory species.
Dr. Mohammed Salman Al Hammadi, Assistant Undersecretary for Biodiversity and Marine Life Sector at MOCCAE, emphasized the UAE’s role in biodiversity preservation and its policies, including the National Biodiversity Strategy 2031 launched at COP28.
The CMS Office in Abu Dhabi, hosted by EAD since 2009, implements conservation activities for dugongs and African-Eurasian raptors. The UAE, a CMS partner, co-led the development of CMS dugong and raptor MoUs and acceded to CMS as a Contracting Party in 2016, showcasing its commitment to migratory species conservation.