The paper 'Environmental Management in the United Arab Emirates " is a good example of an environmental studies case study. The Environmental Management plans are designed by the states, countries, and organizations which provide a mechanism for implementation of the policy of the originator body in a systematic and coordinating pattern. The purposes of the Environmental Management plans are to Identify priorities of the country in the field of environment, to define performance indicators over a period of time which are serving as milestones for checking the pace of implementation of the plan, to set objectives and targets on the long term as well as on short term basis, to propose an allocation of resources and fixing responsibilities for the implementation of the plan or a part of the plan, to establish mechanisms to monitor the progress of the plan with regular intervals, to evaluate and report the progress, and finally to develop documentation strategies and time frames to achieve the targets of the plan in favor of the country or state.
These plans are also formulated to achieve the targets of the international commitments as agreed by the countries through the signing of the international protocols, treaties, and agreements in the field of environment for ensuring sustainable progress of the country in other allied fields of the economic interests of the states.
Subsequently, these plans are helpful in the initiation and completion of coordinated research in the field of environment for achieving the highest standards as per the international commitments of the country. Gradually, all these steps help in the creation of an environment-friendly culture for the promotion and preservation of the cause of the environment especially in the basic and essential fields of environment like biodiversity, climate change, ozone layer depletion, international waters, and obsolete chemical substances. In March 2007, The United Arab Emirates has developed and approved an Environmental Management Plan for its implementation by the concerned implementing bodies which include several new projects and initiatives relating to the preservation of the natural environment through the conservation of wildlife sanctuaries, promotion of green buildings in the country, disposal of solid wastes through environmental friendly mechanisms and other related practices as to address the environmental issues within the period of the plan.
The objectives of these initiatives are to ensure a quality environment and improving the environmental situation in the UAE to enhance the status of the country in the field of environment (1). The plan adopted by the government indicates the sensitivity and priority level as granted by the higher authorities vis-à -vis the commitment to a sensitive issue like that of the environment. The plan has envisaged three main areas that have been included in the said plan as in the form of projects and initiatives in the priority area of the country (2).
These three areas include conservation of natural resources and their reservations, the introduction of environmentally friendly mechanisms and procedures for the disposal of solid wastes and their management, and promotion of green buildings concepts for a strengthening of the environmental base as per international environmental practices. The approval of the environmental management plan by the country comes as a step of the government’ s strategic plan as already declared by His Highness and as per its requirements, the government seeks to set up the basis for a sustainable mechanism to maintain the prevailing delicate balance between different segments like that of land, soil, biodiversity, climate change, and water resources.
The final objective of the environmental action plan as approved by the country is to reduce the negative impact of human activities on the environment through a series of control procedures, observance of environmental standards and best practices and finally the same will help to protect the health and quality of life of the inhabitants of the United Arab Emirates.
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