ABU DHABI -- The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, EAD, today welcomed
world-renowned conservationist, anthropologist and UN messenger of peace, Dr.
Jane Goodall, at the International Water Summit, IWS, in Abu Dhabi.
As Dr. Goodall’s partner in the award-winning
environmental initiative, ‘Roots & Shoots’, EAD organized a tour of their
stand for her and discussed the vital programmes and water conservation
projects that EAD is showcasing this year.
Dr. Goodall has returned to Abu Dhabi for the Roots
& Shoots Annual Awards ceremony this year. Held yesterday, the awards
ceremony recognized projects, schools and students who have taken part in the
programme. Today, Dr. Goodall led a troupe of students from participating
schools to the EAD stand at IWS. She also learned about EAD’s latest water
conservation projects through its interactive, multi-sensory exhibit, designed
to help people better connect with, and understand, the impact of water
In 2014, EAD partnered with the Jane Goodall
Institute, founded by Dr. Jane Goodall herself, to bring the global
environmental and humanitarian initiative, ‘Roots & Shoots’, to Abu Dhabi
with the aim to help equip a generation of inspired youth with the knowledge
and skills to create meaningful change and live sustainably.
Through the Roots & Shoots programme, young
people assess their local community and identify specific challenges in their neighborhood.
They prioritize issues, develop solutions and take positive action in
activities and projects to benefit animals, the environment, and society as a
Reflecting on her visit to IWS, Jane Goodall said,
"I am thrilled to be here to attend the annual Roots & Shoots awards
and the International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi. The UAE has taken vital steps
to create and implement innovative programmes that help protect our precious
environment and greater ecosystem. I commend the Environment Agency in
particular, for tackling the pressing issue of water scarcity through localized
sustainable long-term solutions, and look forward to future opportunities that
our continued partnership may bring."
Throughout the exhibition, EAD has showcased six
key projects that highlight its contribution to the overall conservation of
groundwater in Abu Dhabi. These projects include: the Abu Dhabi Groundwater
Well Inventory Project, the Crop Calculator, the Water Budget, the Groundwater
Mapping Project, the Sustainable Irrigation of Date Palms Using Saline
Groundwater, and the Sustainable Irrigation of Arid Forests using Groundwater and