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SDG 15: LIFE OF LAND

The UAE’s major terrestrial habitat is a sandy desert that supports different amounts of sparse seasonal vegetation and animals. In line with the UAE’s Vision 2021, of pursuing economic growth whilst preserving the environment, MOCCAE seeks to promote the sustainable use of vital resources through the adoption of plans, strategies and policies. The target is to combat desertification and preserve the UAE’s biodiversity in the interest of our future generations.

  • Policies and Initiatives

  • The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Project (2018) aims to identify, monitor and protect a global network of sites critical for the conservation of the world’s birds and other wildlife

  • The National Ecotourism Project (2018) will raise awareness about the 43 protected areas in the UAE and encourage sustainable tourism to minimize impact on biodiversity

  • The CITES e-permitting program (2017) is an electronic service designed to regulate the international trade in endangered animals and plants covered by the CITES convention in a more effective manner

Roots is a research institute for rare plants situated within the United Arab Emirates which will house an educational center preserving plants and biodiversity, especially aiming to protect endangered plants. The design concept emerged from plant and tree roots which is considered to be the most important part of a plant. The roots suck the water and nutrients out of the soil and into plant. The thickness of a root is responsible for the strength of the plant. The research institute resembles the concept through its name, color scheme, layout, and interior environment. The design concept utilizes the organic aspect and the root design organizing and planning the environment based on these aspects.

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The challenges of creating a green landscape and ensuring the UAE's cities are environmentally sustainable were debated by key decision makers in the worlds of environment and architecture at the Canadian University Dubai.

With the region's construction industry on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to take on these challenges.

The event was organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who attended and participated in the event. The Canadian University Dubai and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture Dubai were co-hosts. A sustainable and green landscape is an important component in every city's architecture and urbanization, mainly because of the contribution to a healthy living environment. This event allowed us to discuss the issues involved, and encourage further research and action

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Rahaf Al Saif, a graduate of Environmental Health Management from Canadian University Dubai is among a team of young people driving forward the international campaign for wildlife conservation as part of a newly formed global youth organization.

Youth4Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC) is a worldwide network of early-career conservationists, aiming to be pioneers, innovators, and instigators of positive change in the conservation arena. A committee member of the new organization, Rahaf has been taking a leading role.

According to Rahaf, the delegates were so motivated by their exchanges at the event that they took the initiative to establish Y4WC, to help create an international movement with a community focus. She explained. “The inspirational experience of the inaugural Youth Forum for People and Wildlife became a catalyst for the formation of Y4WC. Our mission is to support early-career wildlife conservationists with innovative ideas, empowering them to become facilitators of change in their local communities.”

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The purpose of the Gardening club is to raise awareness in the university and in the community about caring for the environment, the plants that produce the oxygen we need, the agricultural part that helps in the production of nutritional foods and the prevention of soil erosion.

The study of plant biodiversity and its techniques are at the forefront of the efforts to achieve a green campus in it, visitors will be able to discover the research activity of the club, which works with methods capable of identifying and describing in detail the diversity of existing plant species, with the in order to improve its preservation.

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An affordable hydroponic system to produce fresh, home-grown crops has emerged as the winner of the 2017 Ryerson Global Innovation Challenge (RGIC), conducted by Ryerson University in collaboration with Canadian University Dubai (CUD).

Students from CUD worked alongside their counterparts from the Toronto-based University in a bid to develop social impact innovations applicable to the Arab World. The transnational collaboration was part of the third edition of RGIC, an initiative established by Ryerson University to encourage young innovators to think of, and potentially commercialize, ideas that have a social impact at an international level.

From the four innovations that reached the finals of the competition, it was the Stack Farm team that emerged triumphant. Showcasing their unique prototype, the team impressed a high-profile panel of judges with their cost-effective solution to address the issues of growing food in arid climates. The team will now receive 5,000 Canadian Dollars to incubate the idea.

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