World Summit of the Oceans 2019 to be held in Abu Dhabi
- April 1, 2018
Helping a “blue economy” to thrive will be a key objective when the sixth edition of the World Summit of the Oceans comes to Abu Dhabi in 2019.
The announcement that the capital is to host global talks to support international efforts to protect oceans and marine life was made at the close of the 2018 summit in Mexico.
“Holding this summit in the UAE next year marks the culmination of the blueprint and strategies developed by the UAE for a blue economy, environmental sustainability and conservation of natural resources,” said Capt Mohammed Jumaa Al Shamsi, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports.
More than 360 global leaders in government, industry, multilateral organisations, the scientific community and civil society gathered to discuss solutions to the challenges facing the oceans.
Summit sessions included a review of initiatives aimed at achieving a sustainable economy that protects the rights of future generations to benefit from natural resources.
Key topics of the 2019 summit are expected to be how nations can adopt environmental conservation strategies to boost economic output, as well as how innovative methods can address environmental crises like high levels of salinity and depletion of fish.
An example of projects to boost marine life in the UAE is the recent coral gardens project on the coastline of Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Ajman.
“Hosting the Oceans Summit in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the Middle East demonstrates the leadership role played by the UAE in the region to promote shared action on environmental protection, coastal governance, effective strategies and policies, such as the recently developed aquaculture policy,”