- Country: United Arab Emirates
- Geographic Coverage: National
- Lead Local Agency:
- Ministry of Environment & Water
- Prime Minister’s Office
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Green Growth Initiative
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the Middle East’s economic center of gravity in recent years. While the UAE’s emergence has been financed by its oil wealth, strategic investments in national development projects, such as sea and air ports, have transformed the UAE into a leading global logistical hub. Despite a recent drop in the global price of oil, the UAE’s emergence is expected to continue with forecast average growth of 3.6% between 2015 and 2019. This, to a large degree, is the result of the UAE’s efforts to reduce oil-based growth and prioritize economic diversification.
The UAE’s move toward greater non-oil based growth is being driven within the “Federal Vision 2021” and Green Economy for Sustainable Development Vision” frameworks that set strategic directions for the entire nation to diversify the economy and ensure long-term development that is environmentally sustainable. Indeed, the UAE’s economic growth has come at a cost to its natural environment. Unsustainable use of limited natural resources has led to groundwater depletion, habitat destruction and overfishing. The UAE’s growing population and associated urbanization has also increased waste and air pollution. The UAE maintains one of the highest carbon footprints per capita among high-income, non-OECD countries.
GGGI has been working with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government to promote green growth and sustainable development since 2011. In partnership with the government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, GGGI has been supporting the UAE Green Growth Initiative project and its activities to develop green growth strategies and action plans into the UAE’s national development framework. Through the project, GGGI provided critical support for the development of the National Green Growth Strategy (NGGS), which was approved for implementation in 2015.
GGGI continues to work with its UAE partners to implement NGGS action-plans and develop the necessary knowledge-base and human capacity to achieve sustainable green growth. In support of green growth efforts in the UAE and the Middle East and North Africa, GGGI operates an office in Abu Dhabi.