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Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop plans, strategies and policies related to the environment, agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries in addition to combating desertification and preserving biodiversity.

  2. Increase the contribution of environmental, agricultural, animal husbandry and fisheries sectors to the GDP to ensure food security and biosafety in the country through the implementation of safety measures and the prevention of epidemics and other diseases.

  3. Integrate environmental protection in socio-economic development plans and promote sustainable use of vital resources.

  4. Enhance the quality of agricultural, livestock and fisheries production.

  5. Establish laboratories and centers for research and applied studies to support the objectives of the Ministry.

  6. Propose legislation and formulate plans, strategies, policies, programs and initiatives that mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.

  7. Monitor climate change issues at the regional and global level in collaboration with the concerned authorities.

  8. Join relevant international treaties and conventions and propose partnership agreements with regional and global organizations in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other concerned authorities.

  9. Represent the country in relevant international organizations and at appropriate international events in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and other concerned bodies.

  10. Any other functions assigned to the Ministry by law or decision of the UAE Cabinet.
    Source: Federal Law by Decree No. 14 of 2016 amending certain provisions of Federal Law No. 1 of 1972 concerning the mandates of ministries and powers of ministers