4 NGOs That Promote Environmental Initiatives In The Middle East

By CSR Pulse

The role played by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in tackling environmental issues has never been stronger. As an increasing number of countries in the Middle East face the harsh realities of rapid population growth, urban development and dwindling natural resources, the impact is already being seen on society and the environment.

In 2010, the Living Planet Report listed the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait in the top ten countries ranked for their ecological footprint per capita. In other words, the standard of living is extremely high and if replicated around the globe, it would have a devastating effect on the environment. But with such unsustainability also comes a range of environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs). Here are just some of them – there are many, many more.

1. Emirates Environmental Group

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is dedicated to environmental protection and responsible waste management through education, community engagement and action projects. Since being founded in 1991, EEG has made a positive contribution to sustainable development in Dubai and the UAE. EEG is also the first environmental NGO in the world to be accredited with the ISO 14001 certification. Find out more at www.eeg-uae.org

2. Emirates Wildlife Society

Emirates Wildlife Society in association with WWF (EWS-WWF) is committed to conserving the natural environment across the emirates. Established in 2001, EWS-WWF was created to address the need to protect biodiversity (particular species and ecosystems), tackle climate change and reduce the ecological footprint. This is achieved through education, raising awareness and policy development. Some of its initiatives include Blue Flag (the eco-label awarded to beaches) and Wadi Wurayah (the UAE’s first Mountain Protected Area). Find out more at www.ewswwf.ae

3. Friends of the Earth Middle East

Originally founded in 1994 as EcoPeace, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) brings together environmentalists from Jordan and Palestine. With a focus on cross-border environmental and peace-building issues, this ENGO works to promote the need for co-operative efforts to protect the shared environmental heritage and natural resources that the people and wildlife of the region are dependent upon. Find out more at www.foeme.org

4. Greenpeace International

Greenpeace is recognised as the world’s largest NGO. It has been campaigning since 1971 and today is present in 40 countries around the world. As an organisation it works tirelessly to address the environmental threats faced by our planet. These include protecting our oceans and ancient forests, working towards disarmament and peace and the greatest risk – climate change. Find out more at www.greenpeace.org/international/en