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National ENERGY GLOBE Award United Arab Emirates 2017

Submitted by: Kehkashan Basu
Project: Saving our mangroves

The youth organization Green Hope promotes biodiversity conservation as one of its core areas of work. Twice a year, Green Hope conducts a clean-up camp for its members as a part of which its members kayak to the mangrove belts.

Initial situation
Mangroves are an integral part of the UAE's ecosystem and are home to a rich biodiversity of plant and animal species. The coastlines are dotted with these mangrove belts. However, their fragile ecosystem is under serious threat due to pollution and littering. The litter that unmindful visitors leave on the beaches is washed by the tides on to these mangrove belts. It covers the roots of the mangroves choking them in the process. This litter also affects the varied fauna that live amongst the mangroves which are unable to survive in this sea of plastic. Over a period of time, the mangroves wither and die and as a consequence the birds, reptiles and fish also die.

Solution
The youth organization Green Hope promotes biodiversity conservation as one of its core areas of work. Twice a year, Green Hope conducts a clean-up camp for its members as a part of which its members kayak to the mangrove belts. Armed with trash bags, its youth members enter deep into the mangroves and collect huge amounts of litter. Glass, cans, iron pipes, plastics of all shapes and colors or rotting cardboard were among the collected things. These clean-ups are self-financed since the young environmentalists contribute their own pocket money.

Innovation
This activity has a direct impact on the longevity and conservation of mangroves. Each clean-up of a mangrove belt yields over a ton of litter. Around 30 young people participate in each clean-up which has been conducted twice a year throughout the last 4 years. What is remarkable is that these dedicated young people not only clean the mangrove belts themselves but also that they finance this project out of their own pocket money.

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Jury-Rating
Mangroves are an integral part of the UAE's ecosystem and are home to a rich biodiversity of plant and animal species. However, their fragile ecosystem is under serious threat due to pollution and littering. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in the United Arab Emirates conducts clean-up campaigns in order to save the mangrove belts and their fauna. Congratulations on your initiative!



Capital: Abu Dhabi
Official language: Arabic
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GDP/Capita/Year: $69.872
Source: Wikipedia 2012