The ministry of Environment and Water had lunched the national strategy on environment education and awareness this initiative to raise the level of environmental awareness in the UAE
The director of environmental education and awareness at the Ministry of Environment and Water Eng. Mariam Saeed Harib
This strategy to raise the level of environmental awareness in the UAE how would you describe the current level of awareness in the country?
Currently the level of environment awareness of course the band different aspects of the environment so water waste, Biodiversity climate change air quality we just a little bit over the sixty percent mark which is a medium level of awareness for the UAE bearing in the mind the UAE is the unique country and that there’s a large flocks to record and coming in from different parts of the world mostly coming from East Asia and far East Asia also these people have different levels of education and awareness which also influence indicator
Tell us about the strategy to raise awareness and what exactly it entails?
This strategy competent main objectives one of them targets being used and driving the youth into a future of sustainability the second one is improving the community’s commitment towards sustainability and environmental effort the third one is basically encouraging the businesses and industries towards sustainable practices then also the fourth objective is engaging the stockholders of government to actually have towards environmental sustainability the fifth and sixth objectives are more the enablers of the first four objective being to ensure the alignment and efforts of environmental awareness and then the sixth one is of course building the capacity and the capabilities of environmental education in the country
So it is six prong strategy how will it be implemented and how they measure?
What we’ve done is we’ve done the baseline survey for the end of the 2014 was the baseline of the strategies so we know where we are now the strategy and compasses about 36 indicators which move monitoring regularly and the survey is basically the outcomes of it are nearly all the indicators which will then give us monitoring device to be able to use this strategy moving in the right direction the experts in the country are there that just scattered and we want to align them and make sure they’re more impactful
So presumably there are milestones that you anticipate reaching out there and we’ve basically that implementation plans for a 2015 up to 2021 also this is an alignment with the national agenda reaching the UAE vision supporting them and making sure that the efforts and the country are lines and taking in the same direction now
As you are well aware of their various aspects to ecological awareness what is the what you doing well at right now and what dose it really need to work on?
the different local emirates are all doing efforts in the environment that there are scattered efforts but we need to as the Ministry of Environment and Water line effort and give them a direction to drive them to be sustainability which is our mission and vision and basically it’s there there are clean up there are then we just had Earth Hour that was a big event of the UAE so there are efforts in the country but we need to make sure they are aligned to the impact is a stronger word and then the vision and the indicators that we want to reach our reached