Abu Dhabi’s efforts
According to UAE Federal Law No. 24 of 1999, it is prohibited to cut wild plants, uproot them or collect them illegally. We take strict measures on any felling of local trees with special regard for the Ghaf trees, which has massive adverse effects on our native biodiversity. EAD’s plant nursery currently stores the seeds of 58 species of native wild plants including the Ghaf tree. In 2019, 600 Ghaf trees were planted in the Al Faya Region, providing shelter and habitat for several thousand species, some of which are considered endangered globally and serve as a natural windbreaker for active winds in the area. In 2019, the Ghaf Tree was chosen as a symbol for the Year of Tolerance exemplifying its role as a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment.