MoCCAE welcomes high-level Chinese environment delegation

DUBAI, 24th July, 2019 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MoCCAE, welcomed a delegation of high-level Chinese environment officials representing the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, CITES, Management Authority in China, as well as the International Fund for Animal Welfare China Representative Office, IFAW China, and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, NFGA.

Jia Jiansheng, Deputy Director-General of the CITES Management Authority, headed the delegation, which also included Cheng Liang, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Wetlands Management at NFGA, and Jeff Jianguo, Country Director of IFAW China.

The officials from the ministry of environment’s Biodiversity Department that acts as the CITES management authority in the UAE, highlighted the country’s leading efforts in protecting endangered species through rehabilitation and reintroduction programmes, as well as its commitment to full compliance with CITES. In addition, the two parties explored new areas of environmental cooperation.

During the three-day visit, the delegation’s agenda included meetings with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, that acts as the CITES scientific authority in the UAE and with the Federal Customs Authority.

The delegates also toured the IFAW office in Dubai, Dubai Airports Security, the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, ADFW, the Arabian Wildlife Centre, and the Nad Al Shiba Avian Reproduction Research Centre.

The visit coincided with the official visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to China that has elevated the bilateral relations between the UAE and China to new heights.

WAM/MOHD AAMIR/Rasha Abubaker