EAD launches very first Abu Dhabi Red List of Wildlife Species
ABU DHABI – The Abu Dhabi Environment Agency (EAD) recently launched the first-ever Abu Dhabi Red List of Wildlife Species (AD-RLS), which is an assessment of the threat status of terrestrial and marine species. of the emirate.
A total of 244 species were assessed, including 101 plants, 49 birds, 9 marine species, 32 terrestrial mammals, 25 invertebrates, 26 reptiles and 2 amphibians. Of the 244 species assessed, 74 fall into different threat categories, such as critically endangered, endangered and vulnerable.
Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, EAD Secretary General, said: “The Abu Dhabi Red List is a welcome addition to our knowledge of the threat status of species found in Abu Dhabi.
“The List is based on internationally recognized Red List criteria developed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and threat status assessments have been subject to extensive external review by a team of experts from IUCN, the Red List Authority. , and independent experts.
Abu Dhabi has a rich diversity of species and boasts some of the most important species. Their populations are effectively protected by the Agency through the management of the largest network of protected areas in the region to conserve endangered species and their natural habitats.
“However, understanding the risk and assessing the threats they and other species face will help us better protect them.”
Ahmed Al Hashmi, Acting Executive Director of the Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, said: “The Abu Dhabi Red List of Wildlife is long overdue, and it is an important addition to our understanding of the threats facing us. on species in accordance with IUCN global standards.
“The Abu Dhabi Red List also complements the development of the National Red List undertaken by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment and is consistent with the development of such lists at local, national and regional levels.
Dr Salim Javed, Acting Director of Terrestrial Biodiversity and Head of the Red List Project at EAD, said: “The Abu Dhabi Red List is the result of the extinction risk assessment of over 244 species, based on quantitative criteria. This is an important first step towards understanding the state of conservation of Abu Dhabi’s biodiversity. “
“With 30 percent of the total species assessed as threatened, the Abu Dhabi Red List will help the Agency prioritize conservation actions for some of the emirate’s most endangered species, which may include the development of ‘more systematic monitoring as well as species-specific conservation action plans to protect them,’ added Dr Javed.
EAD has undertaken some of the most ambitious and successful projects to reintroduce species on the verge of extinction such as the Arabian oryx and scimitar-horned oryx, and Abu Dhabi is now home to the largest herd of Arabian oryx to the world.
The Shaikh Zayed network of 13 terrestrial protected areas and six marine protected areas, managed by the Agency, ensures the protection of some of the most endangered and important terrestrial and marine species and their habitats.
In addition, EAD has a nursery with a production capacity of nearly 500,000 plants per year and to date has more than 70 different native plant species propagated. These plant species include many rare and endangered species and are used for habitat restoration efforts in the Emirate.
The Agency has successfully rehabilitated important plant species such as Al Sarh, Ghaf and Samar trees in their natural habitat to ensure that they continue to be part of the Emirate’s landscape and its cultural heritage. – WAM.