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Dubai Mangrove Planting Event

Location: Jebel Ali Reserve, United Arab Emirates
Date: 15th August 2015
No. of trees planted: 1000 Trees

With great pleasure, PATT Foundation extended its efforts to the UAE. In partnership with the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG), we planted 1000 mangroves at the serene Jebel Ali reserve.

Despite the challenging weather of 42 degrees centigrade in the UAE, over 60 volunteers chose to engage to contributing back to the environment and dedicating their time over the weekend. A pleasant sea breeze and a whole lot of water made it an easier achievable task. We were excited to see so many activists support our efforts, with our youngest member being just 10 months old.

The mangrove species planted was the highly salt tolerant local grey mangrove or Avicennia Marina. The UAE has a high consumption of fresh water and we need to focus on ways to conserve this water. These mangroves survive in water hundred times saltier than most plants can tolerate. Therefore, we do not need to provide fresh water or irrigation, but rather the natural sea water is sufficient. Mangroves are known to contribute to the overall health of the coastal area, acting as a basis of a complex marine food chain and moreover the creation of a breeding habitat. Amongst other benefits, they filter and assimilate pollutants from upland run-off and are amongst the most productive and biologically complex ecosystems.

As our Founder, Andrew Steel very aptly reminded the team – many hands make light work. Before sunset, we had reforested the site in Jebel Ali, introducing 1000 mangroves with a fantastic bunch of volunteers who are keen to do many more such events in the future. Besides, we all enjoy taking a break from our busy city lives and ending our weekend with a dip in the lagoon.

See more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153530763088703.1073741842.25471453702&type=3

This project is supported by:

The Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG)