One of the main aims of EEG is to mobilise the community together and to find unique ways of giving back to the environment. On 8th November 2006, with inspiration from Professor Wangari Maathai, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its “Plant for the Planet – The Billion Tree Campaign”. Under this campaign, UN encouraged all the entities in the society, from both Government and Non – Government Organisations to plant trees in their respective locales to cumulatively plant one billion worldwide by 2010.
EEG as an organisation accredited to UNEP, was invited to participate as a local partner, and launched its “Million Tree Project” in 2007 as part of UNEP’s campaign. EEG, by the end of 2007, had facilitated the pledging and planting of more than one million trees in UAE and the surrounding region.
With EEG’s active engagement with the community, it received pledges from various entities in UAE to support and plant trees under the “Million Tree Project”. By 2010, EEG had managed to exceed the target and plant 2,091,240 indigenous and well adapted trees within the UAE. This marked the culmination of the official affiliation with UNEP for the tree planting project, which went above and beyond in fulfilling its responsibility to the campaign.
The tree planting programme went on to become one of the most popular programmes of EEG. Organisations, Academic institutions and Families became more responsive and interested in preserving the environment through this beautiful endeavour. EEG thus continued its advancement over the years in this direction by launching several projects under the umbrella of “For Our Emirates We Plant”, which incubated several projects that fed into the programme namely:
1. Your Can for a Tree
2. Neighbourhood Recycling Project
3. One Root, One Communi-Tree
4. Recycle Reforest Repeat
5. Together We Plant
6. Planting for a Greener Future
On the special date of 18.12.18, the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) organised its annual “For Our Emirates We Plant” under the umbrella of the Clean Up UAE Campaign under the patronage and presence of H. E. Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, member of the Government of Ras Al-Khaimah Executive Council and Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, in the emirate of Ras Al Kahimah at a beautiful nature reserve. During the event, environmental enthusiasts representing different sectors of society – governments in Al Minei area, private entities, academic institutions, VIPs and students from all over the UAE – and planted 1000 indigenous Sidra trees. These trees on maturity in 5-7 years will help mitigate 6 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Emirates Environmental Group continues its legacy of creating sustainable green spaces in the UAE. Under the umbrella of the Campaign that kicked off in 2007, EEG has managed to plant over 2,95,802 indigenous trees in the UAE. This has resulted in the mitigation of 12,358.32 MT of CO2 in the UAE.