UAE Environmental Performance Index 2020
According to the reports and indicators of global competitiveness for the year 2020, the United Arab Emirates topped the international scene in eight global indicators related to the fields of Environmental Performance Index, while it occupied the first position at the regional level in 19 indicators.
Global competitiveness list
The list of global competitiveness reports and indicators that have ranked the country in these advanced centres globally and regionally includes the Global Competitiveness Yearbook Report issued by the International Institute for Administrative Development (IMD), the Global Innovation Index issued by INSEAD, the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report, the Prosperity Index, and the Index. Environmental performance published by Yale University.
His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Muhammad Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said, “Protecting the environment, ensuring the sustainability of its natural resources and its biological diversity, and enhancing the competitiveness of the state in efforts to work for the environment is the strategic priority of the ministry. And launching projects, programs and initiatives whose role is to achieve these goals in accordance with the highest international standards.
He added, “The Ministry is working to achieve its strategic objectives through continuous cooperation and coordination with all concerned government agencies at the state level, and is also working to strengthen its partnership with private sector institutions, institutions and international organizations specialized in environmental work,” noting that this global, regional achievement comes as a result of support and guidance. Permanent leadership, cooperation and tireless coordination between federal and local government agencies in private sector partners at the state level.
The annual book of competitiveness “IMD” report
Environment and climate change legislation initiatives
According to the report of the annual book of competitiveness “IMD”, the UAE ranked first in the world in the environmental laws index, which is concerned with measuring the implementation of continuous initiatives “to prepare new legislation and update current legislation in relation to the environment and climate change” aimed at keeping environmental laws updated in accordance with best practices and to cover all environmental matters. In the country, it also ensures that these laws are implemented by auditing and inspecting all development sectors that may affect the environment in coordination with the local authorities.
The UAE ranked first in the world in the index of satisfaction with environmental conservation efforts. This indicator, which is measured and implemented by the “Gallup Foundation for Studies“, measures the extent of efforts exerted to preserve the sustainability of the environment, in terms of land and freshwater, marine areas for future generations, and satisfaction Year with those efforts.
Environmental Performance Index
In the Environmental Performance Index, the UAE topped the international scene in a set of its indicators, including the intensity of sulfur dioxide emissions index, and in this category, the Environmental Performance Index measures the rate of growth and decline in sulfur dioxide emissions, the average annual rate of increase or decrease over the years, and the nature of the amendment to it. According to economic trends and the marine reserves index, this Environmental Performance Index measures the area of marine reserves out of the total area of the country. The UAE has maintained its global and Arab leadership in the marine reserves category, as the international owns 16 marine protected areas.
The percentage of the total area of natural reserves in the country increased from 15.07 percent in 2019 to 15.53 percent in 2020 of the total area of the country, in addition to the increase in the area of land reserves from 17.1 percent to 18.4 percent in 2020, while the percentage of marine reserves reached To 12.01 percent and the “domestic solid fuel” index, which measures the percentage of solid materials used as fuels to produce energy and provide heating, and the country topped this indicator because solid fuels are not used to produce energy and heat in homes.
UAE global scene in the “wetland” index
Within the environmental performance index, the country topped the global scene in the “wetland” index, which measures the extent of loss/loss of wetland areas over a period of 10 years. The country ranked first for preserving wetlands, which represent one of the environments rich in biodiversity in the country. Pastures “, and this indicator measures the moving average of the loss of grassy areas and pastures for five years compared to the data of 1992, and this result came to the state’s keenness to preserve the green cover of local plants and develop them in a manner that matches the state’s desert weather and climate conditions. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment studies the calculation of Change in vegetation cover using satellites.
UAE rank in the Environmental Performance Index
The UAE also ranked first in the world in the environmental performance index, in the “ecosystem services” indicator. Ecosystem services are represented in the multiple benefits that nature provides to society through the existing biodiversity at the level of species and ecosystems and between them. For its efforts in preserving and developing local species and preserving biodiversity within its safe and sustainable levels.
At the regional level, the UAE ranked first in 19 environmental indicators, 8 of which represent the same indicators that it topped at the global level.
The remaining 11 indicators were divided into the “Ecosystem Vitality” indicator and the “Biodiversity” indicator within the Environmental Performance Index issued by Yale University .. In the Prosperity Index, and in addition to the indicator in which the country topped the global scene, the UAE came in the first place. Regionally in indicators of “wastewater treatment”, “pesticide regulation”, “marine protected areas”, and “ISO 14001 environmental certificates.”