CHAIRPERSON’S MESSAGE

According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) report in 2021, records were broken in four key climate indicators last year – 1.  Greenhouse gas concentrations, 2. Sea level rise, 3. Ocean heat and 4. Ocean acidification.

Moreover, in February 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the latest instalment of a UN report which states that current emissions could lead to a 2.7C rise.

The global climate emergency is real, and it is here. But rather than losing hope this should spur us to take more action, and build stronger and wider collaborations to work towards a future that is safe, secure and sustainable for all.

We have a number of environmental challenges across the world that we need to tackle – forest wildfires, loss of biodiversity, growing inequality, growing pollution and waste, the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

My hope is that the breadth and scale of these challenges will help us come together and overcome empty promises and targets to create meaningful and high-impact environmental change. There are many positive cases of how multilateral action can help create policy decisions and actions that lead to big environmental achievements.

We need to ensure that in our drive to overcome our current challenges, we need to build back greener, and build back better. Our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic should not lead us back to business as usual where our unsustainable production and consumption results in major environmental degradation.

What is uplifting is that we already know and have many of the solutions required to address our sustainability challenges from environmental disasters to social issues. Renewable energy technologies are improving day by day. Waste management solutions are able to significantly fix the pollution problem if we scale them up. Moreover, there are many strong case studies of economic and social policies that are able to address income inequality and discrimination.

What is required is our will to adopt these solutions and economically scale them up. And the basis for this is a united and global approach to combat the challenges we’re facing.

Here in the UAE, we congratulate the new President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and are very optimistic for our future as he carries the flame to lead the country to achieve its vision for a development that is sustainable with climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in place.

We are very proud that the UAE is working on creating real breakthroughs for the environment, and setting itself as a model to create positive change by adopting innovative and sustainable practices.

To all our partners and stakeholders in the UAE and around the globe- Let’s keep collaborating and working together to create positive change. Together for a better Environment!

  • Habiba Al Mar’ashi

Habiba Al Mar’ashi

Who we are

EEG is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programmes and community involvement. Established in 1991, it has witnessed phenomenal growth in terms of membership, programmes and partnerships over the past two and a half decades.

Our organisation is open to men and women of all nationalities and all ages. Our member network comprises of students, individuals, families, corporate members, federal and local government agencies, universities, colleges and schools, as well as reputed regional and international institutions.

EEG is actively encouraged and supported by concerned local and federal government agencies. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organisation of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). EEG is a signatory of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) and hosted the Local Network for Gulf States from 2008-2014. EEG is also a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). EEG is viewed as one of the most prestigious environmental groups within the Middle East and prides itself on its environmental achievements.

Aims & Objectives

To contribute positively to the advancement of sustainable development in the UAE by acting as a focal point for people of all nationalities and ages concerned with environmental protection and responsible waste management.

To increase the level of public awareness on all local, regional and global environmental issues.
To assist concerned authorities, where possible, in implementing environmental programmes and projects.
To promote positive environmental action by individuals through active participation in specific project, campaigns and activities.
To propagate community waste reduction and recycling schemes, both as a means of protecting the environment and as a flagship for improving the community’s environmental awareness.
To compile a database on various environmental issues and make it available to the public and institutions.
To foster exchange of information, experience and practices including our areas of expertise.
To mobilize the support of experts on various environmental issues from the public and private sectors.
To liaise with various target groups within the community to spread the environmental message and encourage volunteerism in preserving and protecting the environment.

Accreditations

ISO
First environmental NGO in the world to be accredited with the ISO 14001 certification
UNCCD
Accredited NGO with the United Nations Convention for Combatting Desertification
UNEP
Accredited NGO, Governing Council, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)