ENVIRONMENT 2009 Conference commences tomorrow

Published January 20th, 2009 - 12:52 GMT

ENVIRONMENT 2009 Conference commences tomorrow           

Thirty prominent speakers from the government and private sectors in the UAE and around the globe will deliberate for the next two days starting tomorrow on issues concerning coastal degradation across the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.  

The specialized conference themed ”Sustainable Management for Coastal Zones” will see key stakeholders involved in the management of the region’s coastal zones network, discuss and debate on solutions to coastal degradation. The conference was organized by Reed Exhibitions in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW).

The Conference will take place in parallel with the ENVIRONMENT 2009 Exhibition, from 20 – 21 January 2009, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Both the ENVIRONMENT 2009 Exhibition & Conference will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The Conference will focus on environmental solutions for water, waste and air pollution treatment in the MENA region. Speakers from the UAE and across the globe will share their expertise and will present sustainable solutions on the affected sectors.

Speakers include representatives from leading public and private sector organizations including Abu Dhabi Municipality, Dubai Municipality, Al Ain Municipality, ADWEA (Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority), Gulf Research Centre, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company), Emirates Aluminium, Aldar Properties, Mott MacDonald, Qatar Petroleum, the German Engineering Federation, BAUER Emirates Environment,  Global Scan Technologies and Mouchel. 

Among the topics that will be discussed are: governmental policies related to the management of air, water and waste; challenges and practical solutions in environmental management; strategic planning in air quality management and the role of public-private partnerships in the sector. A number of case studies will also be presented at the conference.

The first day of the conference will feature discussions on government policies and regulations such as the Water and Environmental Policy in the UAE; Seawater Quality along Abu Dhabi Coastline; Air Quality Assessment and Station Siting; Strategic Planning for Urban Air Quality Management in the MENA Region; Development of Planning and Management Tools for Solid Waste Management in Al Ain; European and French Environment Regulations to Guide the Enterprises for Waste Treatment; Health Safety and Environment Impact Assessment (HSEIA) within ADNOC; Progressive Business Planning for Waste Management; Sustainable Strategies in Waste Management; Environmental Compliance and ISO 14000: The Missing Link and Embracing Estidama–Developer’s Approaches to Building Sustainability in Abu Dhabi.

The second day will focus on coastal zone management with topics including Managing Increasing Demand for Waste Water Services and Exploiting the Potential for Water Reuse to Meet Higher Environmental Standards; Public-Private Partnerships and Water Prices. Review and Research on Critical Variables; Climate Change and Coastal Management; Coastal Zones and Climate Change: Meeting the Challenges of a Warming World; An Innovative Approach to Monitoring and Managements of Dynamic Dubai Coastal Zone; Tourist Projects in Coastal and Marine Inter-tropical Regions; The Application of Wind Towers for the Air Conditioning of the Building: A Sustainable Solution for the Coastal and Desert Areas; Practical Solutions for Sustainable Industrial Project to Protect its Environment; Solutions for Environmental Problems; Sustainable Technological Solutions for the UAE; Modelling Ambient Air Ozone in Qatar: An Application to Promote Sustainable Development; Hydrocarbon Waste Processing; Real-Time Oil Spill Monitoring Using Remote Sensing Technologies; BAUER Concept and Technologies for Sustainable Islands; SAND-Sa: Innovative Beach Treatment and Restoration and Radio Ripple Control.

“Effective coastal management is an issue that deserves the immediate attention of decision-makers in the government, public and the private sectors. Reed Exhibitions is proud to host this knowledge platform for the region and we are very encouraged with the support we have received,” said Hayete Jemai, Show Manager, ENVIRONMENT 2009.

The conference has been designed to provide a convergence point for knowledge-exchange, networking and business generation.

Attendees at the conference will include officials from the government, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), environmental agencies, policy makers, auditors and managers of emissions regulatory authorities, educators and environmentalists, corporate and municipal planners, professionals and decision-makers from energy, water management, waste management, pollution treatment and recycling sectors.

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