UAE-based commercial drone operator, Distant Imagery, will use customised drones to plant thousands of mangrove seeds in Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency (EAD) is working with global utility company Engie on the project, which is designed to increase carbon capturing in the emirate.
Abu Dhabi has miles of mangroves along its coastline, which form an important part of coastal ecosystems and help protect land from flooding.
Distant Imagery plans to sow at least 4,000 mangrove seeds in December using its self-engineered drones. The company will then continue to monitor the rehabilitated area to evaluate the project and the level of carbon it is capturing.
“We are very pleased to be rehabilitating mangroves using drone technology in this world-first project. Using the latest technology in our environmental endeavors are core to what we do.
Similarly, we are consistently propagating different species and the Blue Carbon Project is another example of that,” said Ahmed Al Hashmi – Acting Executive Director for Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity at Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.
Al Hashmi added: “Partnerships are always a great contributor to the success of any project, and by collaborating with Engie we are certain that we will achieve the desired results, with the common goal of conserving the environment while being pioneers and leading by example at the same time. Rehabilitating mangroves for the sequestration of carbon is one of the methods used to combat climate change and EAD are always dedicated to that cause.”
Florence Fontani, EVP, Strategy, Communications & ESR at Engie Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey (MESCAT), said: “Providing innovative and environment-friendly solutions to deliver power, water and services is at the core of Engie’s purpose. The Blue Carbon project is fully in line with our commitment to address environmental issues, hand-in-hand with our local partners.
“I would really like to express my gratitude towards the Abu Dhabi Authorities who support our initiative and who are playing a key role for the realisation of this project. We are very proud to bring Engie’s expertise and solutions to this groundbreaking initiative, which will contribute towards preserving the coastal ecosystem of the UAE.”