The UAE Launched a Program to Monitor Marine Plastic Waste

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MCCE) launched an integrated program to monitor plastic waste in the country’s marine and coastal environments, as part of its efforts to preserve marine resources, seawater quality, and beach cleanliness in the context of the Year of Sustainability. According to the government news agency WAM, a series of scientific investigations will be done as part of the initiative to strengthen efforts to eliminate plastic trash.

The investigations will employ a variety of methodologies to determine the amount and size of plastic garbage in the country’s saltwater and beaches. The study’s goal is to identify the different types of plastic pollution in the country’s seas and then take the required precautions to safeguard the safety and health of humans and marine life. Furthermore, it emphasizes the significance of responsible consumption within society in order to reduce plastic trash and avoid disposing of it in seawater and the environment in general.

According to Dr. Mohamed Al Hammadi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Biodiversity and Marine Life Sector at the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the goal of this project is to continue implementing the most recent global environmental conservation practices in order to contribute to the preservation of natural resources and reduce the negative effects of environmental pollutants on human health and living organisms.

A team from the Marine Environment Research Centre connected with the Ministry conducted a study to monitor plastic trash in the UAE’s marine and coastal habitats as part of the program to monitor plastic pollution in the country’s water and beaches.

For entities such as the United Nations Environment Program, the International Maritime Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, UNESCO, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Meteorological Organization, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a scientific methodology based on best practices in the field of measuring marine waste was adopted. 

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Plastic trash is one of the most significant primary sources of pollution in rivers and seas, necessitating collaborative efforts to secure the long-term utilization of marine environment wealth. Plastic materials come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and are divided into microplastics (plastic bits smaller than 5 millimeters) and macroplastics (plastic pieces greater than 5 millimeters).

Plastic garbage is regarded as one of the most difficult environmental issues due to its impact on water quality and soil, as well as its threat to the existence of terrestrial and marine creatures and human life. Many governments throughout the world are attempting to minimize plastic production in order to relieve pressure on the environment. 


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