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The UAE supports many projects that aims to conserve wildlife and migratory birds in the country. To protect the number of endangered falcons, the UAE started several endangered falcon breeding programs. Since falconry is associated with Houbara, a local endangered bird, the UAE has also supported conservation programs for Houbara. The International Fund for the Conservation of Houbara was established since 2006, and it aims to continue implement of the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of restoring sustainable numbers of Houbara birds in the UAE.

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UAE Initiatives

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2nd phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Inaugurated

Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the 2nd phase of the Mohammedbin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park at Seih Al Dahal, Dubai. Crown Prince of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan accompanied Sheikh Mohammed. The AED 1.5 billion solar plant generates 200 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power 50,000 household, and reduces Dubai’s carbon emission by over 200,000 tones.

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Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joint Project Facility Initiative

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed the results of the fourth round of funding made as part of the ADFD/IRENA Project Facility. Four renewable energy projects in Seychelles, the Marshall Islands, Niger, and Solomon Islands, had been selected to receive a share of AED 163.4 million ($44.5 million) in funding.

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Shams 1

Located in western Abu Dhabi, Shams 1 is one of the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation in the world. It occupies 2.5 square kilometres and has a capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity.

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Climate Change Plan

The UAE is developing the region’s first Climate Change Plan which builds on the Vision 2021, Green Growth Strategy and Innovation Strategy, will further the country’s ambitious economic diversification agenda, and its transition into new, knowledge-based industries.