Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) Regional Symposium on Climate Change

Nereus Director of Science William Cheung (UBC) was an invited speaker at the Regional Symposium on Climate Change hosted by the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) March 13 to 16 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Nereus Steering Committee Chair Daniel Pauly (UBC) participated remotely. Cheung presented on the relationship between marine biodiversity and climate change.

Several Nereus affiliates have been associated with AGEDI through a report written for AGEDI’s Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change program in 2015. The report was co-authored by William Cheung, Nereus Fellow Vicky Lam (UBC), Fellow Gabriel Reygondeau (UBC), Research Associates Lydia Teh (UBC) and Collette Wabnitz, and colleagues from the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, Myriam Khalfallah, Deng Palomares, Dirk Zeller, and Daniel Pauly. The report can be found here.

AGEDI National Symposium on Climate Change Event Background:
The Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) was launched on 2 September 2002, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as a Type II Initiative. Inaugurated in 2002 by H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, AGEDI was formed to facilitate quality environmental data that equips policy-makers with actionable, timely information to inform and guide critical decisions. AGEDI works in close coordination with long-term partners Environment Agency- Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to maximize information exchange for improved decision-making at the local, national, regional and global levels.The LNRCCP was launched in 2013 with the aim of establishing a climate change work programme that could build upon, expand and deepen the understanding of vulnerability to the impacts of climate change in the UAE and the surrounding region, as well as identify practical adaptive responses at the local, national and regional levels. This work is driven by AGEDI’s vision to enhance accessibility to environmental data and information to support effective decision-making. AGEDI has engaged stakeholders throughout the region around five thematic areas: Regional climate change, Environment, Water resources, Coastal zones, and Socioeconomic systems. All outputs of the programme are freely available to all stakeholders. A comprehensive set of data used, models developed, maps/videos produced, and technical reports prepared can be accessed through AGEDI’s the interactive website Inspector, available at