Job in Dubai & UAE Health sector first priority in phased approach to combat climate change

Health sector first priority in phased approach to combat climate change:

Dubai, UAE: H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister Climate Change and Environment, has said that his ministry is currently focusing on the health sector as part of a phased plan to combat climate change. He pointed out that globally the health sector is yet to be monitored extensively from a climate change point of view, although heat stress and other diseases are increasingly climate-related health concerns.

He was addressing a three-day conference on ‘Global Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainability’ which began in Dubai on Monday, under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment(MOCCAE).

The Minister said the health sector was among many identified in the UAE’s National Climate Change Adaptation Program, the others being energy, infrastructure and environment.

“A major area of concern for us is the impact of climate change on biodiversity, which is expected to result in changes in the distribution patterns of species and ecosystems, and overall biodiversity loss. For example, marine ecosystems will be affected not only by an increase in sea temperature and changes in ocean circulation, but also by ocean acidification, which increases the vulnerability of fragile ecosystems such as coral reefs,” Dr. Al Zeyoudi added.

Dr Al Zeyoudi cautioned that adapting to climate change was no easy undertaking, and called for improving our scientific understanding and modelling capabilities, and find better ways to assess adaptation risks, and apply emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, for improved data collection and analysis to address climate change. He also called for greater cooperation among the public sector, private sector and academia as well as international organizations.

The Conference is hosted by the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) in association with the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Mashael Al Ansari, Climate Change Specialist, Minister of Climate Change And Environment, while speaking on “Climate Change Opportunities and Challenges in the UAE, said: “We are innovating to strengthen our existing industries and moving into new ones that are low-carbon and climate resilient in line with the country’s objective to diversify its economy. All sectors are working towards implementing those national priorities with MOCCAE at the forefront.”

Delivering a welcome address, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of CUD, hailed the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment as an important milestone in enhancing the UAE’s efforts to addressing the issue of climate change, through the implementation of comprehensive policies and initiatives to adapt to climate change and protect our unique environmental systems.

He also praised the conference co-host, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), and announced that CUD would be launching programs in climate change and environment in association with the well-known Canadian university.

The conference is addressed by renowned international climate change experts, conservationists and academics, and will examine the challenges and opportunities for integrating the three key issues of global climate change, biodiversity and sustainability.

Among the keynote speakers were Dr. Francisco Dallmeier, Senior Conservation Biologist, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability; Dr. Daniel Scott, Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo;Dr. Adam Fenech, Director, Climate Research Lab, University of Prince Edward Island and Leanne Bilodeau, Associate Director Sustainability Operations, The University of British Columbia, among several others.

On the sidelines of the conference, an MoU was signed by Dr. Karim Chelli, President of CUD, and Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, President of University of Prince Edward Island, to launch a degree program in climate change and environment at Canadian University Dubai shortly. via