The Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency recently imposed an obligation on companies dealing with chemicals, hazardous and radioactive materials and wastes and other materials that may have an adverse effect on the environment to obtain environmental permits. The first permits are now being issued to new and existing projects and facilities in Abu Dhabi.
In accordance with Cabinet Resolutions 23/2001 and 122/2002, two more so-called 'flags of convenience' have been added to the United Arab Emirate's list denying vessels of these administrations from entering UAE territorial waters unless they are classified by a member of the International Association of Classification Societies.
The executive regulations for the implementation of the Federal Law for the Protection and Development of the Environment (24/1999) have been issued by Council of Ministers Decision 37 of 2001. The decision regulates pollution (including pollutants and various chemicals) and outlines the procedures for obtaining licences and other approvals from the appropriate bodies.
New legislation includes Ministerial Decision 277, which regulates fish farming in the United Arab Emirates. Its provisions concern the siting of fish farms with regard to sources of pollution that may impact on them.
An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers responsible for the environment has approved the Declaration on Future Joint Arab Environment Action. This is a culmination of strategies and guidelines for the sustainable use of resources.
Following a 1998 European Union ban of the Gulf states' exported fish, the General Secretariat of Municipalities plans to make a submission to the EU detailing how it will coordinate with different municipalities with a view to lifting the ban.
Draft regulations name the authorities charged with issuing licences and supervising the import of hazardous waste. General procedures for the management of such waste are also addressed.
The UAE's first exhibition on the environment will discuss challenges and solutions for sustainable development, as well as ways to improve trade and business links between the Middle East and North Africa region and the rest of the world.
Including: Federal Protection; Commissioners; Research and Development; Emirate of Dubai