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The issue of biodiversity (conservation and development of wildlife) has received considerable and early attention in the UAE, reflected in the tremendous efforts made by the country and its significant achievements in this area, from enacting legislation and monitoring its implementation, establishing and expanding protected areas, to protecting, breeding and reintroducing endangered species into their natural habitats.

Considering that land and sea diversity is an integral part of the UAE's heritage, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment continues to work, in collaboration with its partners, to strengthen efforts in this context through the implementation of a wide range of plans and initiatives in the framework of the National Biodiversity Strategy, the National Strategy to Combat Desertification and the Strategy for Sustainability of the Marine and Coastal Environment, among others.

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    Biological Resources
    Genetic resources, organisms or parts thereof, populations, or any other biotic component of ecosystems with actual or potential use or value for humanity
  • Biological Diversity
    The variability among living organisms from all sources including, inter alia, terrestrial, marine and other aquatic ecosystems and the ecological complexes of which they are part; this includes diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.
  • D
    Land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid regions resulting from various factors, including climatic variations and human activities
  • E
    Dynamic complex of plant, animal, micro-organism communities and their non-living environment, interacting as a functional unit (CBD). Ecosystems are irrespective of political boundaries.
  • H
    The place or type of site where an organism or population naturally occurs
  • P
    Protected Area
    A geographically defined area which is designated or regulated and managed to achieve specific conservation objectives
  • W
    Living things that are neither human nor domesticated
  • Wetlands
    Areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters

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