Sharjah: HE Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, will address a distinguished gathering of conservationists, biologists, ocean explorers, researchers, and photographers during the opening ceremony of the Xposure International Photography Festival’s first-ever Conservation Summit on Thursday, February 10.
HE Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, who spearheads the UAE’s drive to mitigate and adapt to the impact of climate change and protect the country’s ecosystems, will be a key participant at the Conservation Summit held under the theme ‘Saving our Oceans’, which aims to shine a light on conservation stories through exhibitions and numerous panel discussions.
The UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment lauded the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) for choosing ‘Saving our Oceans’ as the theme of the Conservation Summit, held for the first time at the sixth edition of Xposure International Photography Festival. Almheiri acknowledged the importance of the media and photography in highlighting global environmental issues.
The Minister pointed out that the oceans, the chief repository of the world’s biodiversity and the source of livelihood of hundreds of millions of people globally, are facing increasing threats. She emphasised the importance of concerted global efforts to accelerate and implement sustainable solutions to achieve Goal 14 (Life Below Water) of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Climate Change and Environment Minister highlighted the various measures executed in the UAE to protect its marine environment including regulating fishing activities, expanding the aquaculture industry, establishing marine protected areas, combating marine pollution, conservation of endangered marine species, and rehabilitating impacted marine areas, which have all contributed in strengthening the resilience of the UAE’s marine environment.
She stated that the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment would continue to work with the relevant authorities in the country on national programmes and plans to use best practices to protect the marine ecosystem.
The International League of Conservation Photographers and Expo Centre Sharjah will co-host the summit. The opening address will be given by HE Alya Al Suwaidi Director of Sharjah Government Media Burea, (SGMB), and Kathy Moran, former Deputy director of photography at National Geographic.
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