Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defense and both Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, and Smart Solutions and Services Authority.

The Ministry of Defense and both Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, and Smart Solutions and Services Authority signed yesterday an MoU to enhance joint cooperation between the parties in the field of enhancing the sustainability of natural environmental systems and preserving the maritime and coastal environment of Abu Dhabi. This is to be done by making use of the capabilities and capacities available to the parties in pursuit of the UAE vision 2021 in order to ensure the continuity of sustainable development in the economic and social fields and ensure environmental protection.

The MoU was signed by His Excellency Matar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Defense, Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Acting Secretary General, Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and Her Excellency Dr. Rawda Saeed Al Saadi, Director General of Smart Solutions and Services Authority, at the headquarters of Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi in the presence of a number of department managers and officials from different entities.

The MoU covers cooperation and coordination in the various practical, training and professional fields, as well as the exchange of experiences in institutional systems to achieve mutual benefit, in addition to developing simulation systems and models that are used in various environmental applications, developing maritime monitoring and control programs through remote sensing systems and other technologies. This MoU will also contribute to the establishment of a common national database for marine water quality that includes the data of fixed and floating monitoring stations available in the country, and the numerical model data. This can be achieved if all security precautions are applied to maintain information security. The fields of cooperation also include the development and preparation of national cadres through the exchange of experiences and joint cources.

Her Excellency Dr. Sheikha Al Dhaheri stressed the importance of the MoU and working with both the Ministry of Defense and the Smart Solutions and Services Authority in benefiting from modern and advanced technologies in preparing spatial databases, which contribute to the development of the integrated system of the environmental sector in the emirate. This will also enhance the efforts made by the agency in implementing viable and sustainable solutions to face environmental challenges, and make better and timely decisions to achieve sustainable growth using the best available technologies.

Al Dhaheri added that innovative and creative solutions are the key to our growing understanding of our rich and diverse environment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The continuous technological and methodological developments have provided the opportunity for the Environment Agency to enhance its role as an entity responsible for environmental protection and to provide advice to Abu Dhabi government on environmental policies. Doing this has strengthened our ability to monitor the environment and protect our natural resources and biological diversity.

For her part, Dr. Rawda Saeed Al Saadi stressed the importance of the MoU as the basis for an integrated government work and effective cooperation between the concerned authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to ensure the sustainability of natural environmental systems and the preservation and protection of the maritime environment.

Her Excellency said that the Smart Solutions and Services Authority is keen to provide innovative digital solutions to facilitate the work of the relevant government agencies in line with the vision of Abu Dhabi government by benefiting from of the emirate's advanced digital infrastructure and providing the latest innovative technologies. In this context, the authority will work on developing an integrated geospatial system to monitor seawater quality in the emirate. This would contribute in supporting decision-making according to updated and highly accurate spatial data that enhances the ability of the concerned authorities to take the necessary measures to improve the quality of seawater, and ensure a preemptive protection for maritime environment from potential hazards and threats.

Al-Saadi pointed out the remarkable efforts made by the concerned authorities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi through plans, programs and projects aimed at developing the integrated system of the environmental sector in the emirate, in line with the state’s trend towards sustainability. She also stressed the importance of providing accurate and updated information in a timely manner to support the efficiency and proactive decision-making process.

The MoU will enter into force as from the date of its signing; it will be valid for a period of three years, renewed automatically for similar periods unless any party notifies the other parties of his unwillingness to renew it.