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Ministry warns against hunting stone-curlews
January 26, 2018
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DUBAI: The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, has issued a warning against using electronic devices that mimic bird calls to lure stone-curlews in the UAE. The move follows the increase in hunting of the rare bird species during its winter migration through the country that poses a threat to its reproduction. The UAE has adopted legislations and launched several initiatives for the conservation of rare and endangered bird species.

Sultan Alwan, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Regions Sector at MoCCAE, said, “The ministry has recently noticed that some people use electronic devices that imitate the voice of the stone-curlew to attract large numbers of these birds over long distances in order to catch them easily.” Alwan pointed out that hunting stone-curlews is a violation of the Federal Law No. 24 of 1999 for the protection and development of the environment, amended as Federal Law No. 11 of 2006, punishable by imprisonment for a maximum period of six months and a fine of up to Dhs20,000.

The illegal act also affects the UAE’s high ranking on the Global Environmental Competitiveness Index. In 2017, the country placed 16th on the Environmental Legislation Implementation Index and the Index of Legislation Effectiveness and Strictness, as compared to the 19th and 18th ranks respectively on each index in 2014.

Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, described the youth as “the powerful agents of sustainable development.” This statement was made in an interview with the CNN’s Eco Solutions, a programme which highlights innovative environmental solutions being offered by the global community. In the interview, Dr Thani shared his insights on major environmental and current topics.

 When asked how the UAE develops the creative and innovative potential in young people, he explained that the UAE Government pays a lot of attention to empowering the youth and providing them with the tools to innovate. “On the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Ministry organised the Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX) to connect young entrepreneurs and investors to help drive sustainable climate change solutions. As it turned out, we received as many as 364 submissions from young innovators and entrepreneurs in 65 countries. That platform was brimming with innovation,” he said. 

Dr Thani further detailed that funding has always been a challenge for taking the ideas of young innovators to the next level. However, CLIX offered a cutting-edge solution to overcome this hurdle, by bringing together investors and young innovators on the same platform.  CLIX initially sought to secure funds valued at $2.2 million, but by the end of CLIX, investors have already expressed their intent to invest US$17.5 million in these innovations in the first year alone. The intended investment figure has the potential to grow to US$45.5 million over a three-year period, according to the investors.


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