Dubai To Develop A Massive Mangrove Regeneration Project

Dubai To Develop A Massive Mangrove Regeneration Project - Carbon Herald

A massive new project has the ambition of turning Dubai coast into a booming mangrove habitat. Urb – a local landscape design and architecture company creating sustainable cities, has put forward a plan to plant over 100 million mangrove trees along Dubai’s shores, representing the world’s largest coastal regeneration project.

The project called Dubai Mangroves will span over 72 km (almost 45 miles) and is expected to sequester around 1.23 million tonnes of CO2 per year, with each tree absorbing approximately 12.3 kg (27 lb) of CO2 annually.

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The main goal of the project is to protect Dubai’s coastline from erosion and rising sea levels. According to Urb, the project is positioning Dubai as one of the most resilient cities by 2040. However, there are numerous other benefits to fostering a beautiful natural ecosystem such as mangroves like sequestering CO2, serving as natural sea defenses, improving fish stocks, and filtering water with their roots.

At its core, it educates people and acknowledges mangroves’ indispensable role in sustaining coastal ecologies, supporting biodiversity and balancing out the atmospheric CO2 levels. Apart from the restoration project, there are plans for a Mangrove Visitor Hub that will aim to educate and engage the community and visitors about the importance of mangroves and the broader environmental challenges facing our planet.

Other project components are the Botanical Museum and the Nature Reserve Conservation Center. Around 10,000 ecotourism job opportunities are expected to be created with this project.

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“The Dubai Mangroves project looks to set a global benchmark, demonstrating that effective coastal regeneration is both a vital and achievable goal for urban centers worldwide,” according to Urb.

“Yet this project is much more than coastal regeneration or resilience; it’s about setting a global standard for how cities can balance the needs of the planet with the needs of the people,” comments Baharash Bagherian, CEO of Urb.

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