ABU DHABI, 27th September, 2016 (WAM) — The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, has strengthened its commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and to global environment-related issues by deepening its relationship with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN.
Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, has been elected as the new West Asia global councillor for the IUCN at elections held during the World Conservation Congress, held in Honolulu, Hawaii, earlier this month.
Dr. Al Dhaheri was one of several candidates from the West Asia Region, and more than 9,000 members from 192 countries participated in the congress and voting process. She was the only female candidate from the region and one of the only 6 female candidates from the 28 elected global councillors.
Speaking on the occasion, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, EAD Secretary-General, said, “The election of Dr. Al Dhaheri to serve on the IUCN global council as a representative of West Asia is an important achievement for EAD and further consolidates Abu Dhabi and the UAE as an active and significant contributor to global conservation efforts.”
“We are proud that her election will help reinforce our commitment to the conservation of biodiversity and to contribute to global environment-related issues and I am confident that this together with her boundless energy will help her to contribute to international biodiversity conservation”.
Dr. Al Dhaheri expressed her pride in being elected as the IUCN Global Councillor and gratitude for all the support she receives from the UAE government in general and EAD in particular. She said, “As the councillor at IUCN, my vision is to create a strong and proactive regional network, which is not only responsive to challenges but that implements the IUCN’s programme and takes bold new initiatives in line with its mission and policy.”
EAD’s relationship with IUCN began in 2000, and in 2011 EAD committed to be an IUCN Framework Partner, supporting the work of the Species Survival Commission, and has hosted the Reintroduction Specialist Group chair for 16 years. In 2013, EAD became an official IUCN member.
Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 member organisations and the input of some 16,000 experts. IUCN’s expertise and extensive network provide a solid foundation for a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects around the world.