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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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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, with a planned capacity of 1,000MW by 2020, and 5,000MW by 2030, with a total investment of AED 50 billion.. The solar park will use a range of photovoltaic and concentrated solar power technologies to provide clean energy to the citizens and residents of Dubai. It incorporates an Innovation Centre, a Research & Development centre, testing facilities and a solar powered water desalination plant.

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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.