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DM begins coastal zone program.

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Dubai Municipality's Environment Department has begun a Coastal Zone Management programme to monitor natural operations in the coastal zone.

Internationally-acclaimed state-of-the-art systems are being used to collect data, analyse and study marine phenomena.

'There is a critical and crucial role we have to play in monitoring the coastal zone with an aim to protect the coastal environment and ensure its development in a sustainable manner,' said Hamdan Al Shaer, director of Environment Department.

He noted that the Dubai coastal zone, and in particular the Jumeirah frontage, has been identified as a key element in the expected dramatic expansion of tourism to the region.

An unprecedented amount of coastal development is taking place in Dubai that, coupled with an estimated 300 per cent increase in population within the next 20 years, will put the emirate's coastal resources under tremendous pressure.

It is therefore vitally important that coastal developments accommodate such aspects. This can best be achieved by means of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) approach based on a good understanding of prevailing coastal processes.

Al Shaer said the Municipality has launched a high-tech monitoring network that involves radar and a network of video cameras covering all beaches in the emirate.

The system will provide information in two-dimensional maps, instead of the existing one-stop data collection, he added.- TradeArabia News Service

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Publication:TradeArabia (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Sep 18, 2008
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