The Emirates at 2050: Balancing Development and Environmental Stewardship

John A. Burt, Noura Al-Mansoori, Ivonne Bejarano, Gary Brown, Oscar Campbell, Johannes Els, Gary Feulner, Guillermo Friis-Montoya, Aaron Henderson, Brigitte Howarth, David John, Jacky Judas, Daniel Mateos-Molina, Matthew Mitchell, Ada Natoli, Francesco Paparella, Fadi Yaghmour

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) faces the challenge of balancing rapid economic development with environmental preservation and conservation in the Anthropocene era. The nation’s unique ecosystems, characterized by arid desert, rugged mountains, and diverse marine habitats, are vulnerable to disturbances such as urbanization, habitat degradation, groundwater extraction and climate change. To chart a more sustainable course for the Emirates by 2050, the paper proposes policy recommendations such as adopting a national strategy for sustainable development, strengthening environmental policies, investing in urban planning and design, promoting sustainable water management, encouraging use of nature-based solutions, addressing climate change, fostering environmental education, supporting research in environmental sciences, encouraging national and regional cooperation, promoting sustainable business practices in the private sector, and monitoring the progress of environmental policies. By embracing a vision of development that respects the natural environment and safeguards its plant and animal life, the UAE can demonstrate its commitment and serve as a model for other nations to follow, becoming a shining example of responsible development by 2050.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Natural History of the Emirates
PublisherSpringer Nature
StatePublished - 2023


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