MOCCAE hosts its 1st UAE Climate Change Research Network conference

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) has organized the first conference of the UAE Climate Change Research Network (CCRN) on the sidelines of the MENA Climate Week.

The event attracted climate scientists, researchers, and academics, as well as representatives of government and private sector entities related to the environment and climate action. The gathering served as a platform for scientific and academic entities and researchers to enhance their cooperation in dealing with climate change challenges.

The conference’s goals comprised increasing awareness of the most recent research on the effects of climate change, as well as regional and global climate action, boosting capacity, and establishing relationships between Network members, strategic partners, and youth.

In addition, it provided opportunities for students to participate in CCRN’s work and contribute to strengthening the climate research ecosystem in the UAE.

Aisha Al Abdooli
Aisha Al Abdooli
Acting Assistant Undersecretary Climate Change Sector

“In recent years, the concept of mainstreaming climate-based projects and the pursuit of innovative and ambitious solutions has emerged as a strategic priority for the scientific community. This is further evident in the growing need for change, as reflected in the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that highlight the critical nature of our climate situation. It has become increasingly clear that we need to take action immediately, and the best way forward would be to start at the top.”

MOCCAE launched CCRN in January 2021 with the aim of improving climate data collection, conducting research on the status of climate change in the Arabian Gulf region, raising public awareness about climate change in the UAE and its impacts on all sectors, and informing sectoral adaptation plans. The entity’s work builds on three decades of climate action in the country.

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