This extraordinary tree-like species that lives and thrives in salt water is under immense threat worldwide, and Abu Dhabi is no exception. It has paid a heavy price for the Emirate’s rapid expansion, with construction, development and large scale dredging demolishing stretches of it along the coast.
Since 2010 we have been working to save and restore the disappearing mangrove population by:
- establishing the Eastern Mangrove Lagoon National Park, an 8 km. stretch of coastline that hosts 200 marine and 50 bird species including large flamingo flocks
- Instituting a code of conduct for visitors to the park
- permitting new coastal development only after thorough environmental impact assessment
- requiring developers and building contractors to replant mangroves that may be damaged in the course of construction.
Main sources of threat: Climate change, building development and dredging
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