Guess how many species of plants, birds and animals there are in the sustainable city of Dubai?

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The field survey spanned six months and used surveillance equipment including ultrasonic recorders and motion cameras to capture the movements of animals such as birds, reptiles and bats . Different types of plants, insects, mammals, fish and fungi have also been recorded. Importantly, residents of The Sustainable City have engaged in fieldwork through an app called iNaturalist, which is a social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity around the world.

The survey results showed 102 different plant varieties, 27 species of birds, 23 species of insects, three types of mammals and a small number of fish, reptiles and fungi.

Salah Habib, Managing Director of Diamond Developers, said, “There is significant potential for reducing emissions, thriving ecosystems and realizing substantial economic benefits as cities become more resilient, livable and competitive. The Sustainable City’s survey results demonstrate a vibrant ecology and our commitment to help restore natural ecosystems. As we celebrate World Environment Day around the world, Diamond Developers is committed to meeting environmental sustainability goals and achieving a net-carbon-free future.

Karim El Jisr, Chief Sustainability Officer, said: “Urban ecology is much more than landscaping or design management. It is essential to provide and support healthy flora and fauna, as this not only contributes to the well-being of residents, but also contributes to improved air quality, temperature regulation and flood prevention. Ultimately, all plant and animal species play a vital role in our ecosystem.

As part of its commitment to enhancing biodiversity, The Sustainable City has avoided or limited the use of toxic chemicals in pest control and weed control. Weeding is manual and nebulization, using a fine spray of pesticide, is strictly limited, favoring natural solutions including bats effective in controlling mosquito populations. To prevent the spread of the red palm weevil in date palms, The Sustainable City uses acoustic sensors to detect possible infections and manage the necessary response. The overall effect of reduced reliance on chemicals supports natural bee populations, as well as butterflies and other pollinating insects. Additionally, the Dubai Beekeepers Association maintains an apiary inside the sustainable city to promote natural pollination and promote local education of our natural ecosystem.

The #OnlyOneEarth World Environment Day 2022 campaign calls for collective and transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet. According to UNEP Executive Director, Inger Andersen, biodiversity loss already costs the global economy 10% of its production every year, so tackling this problem is urgent and essential if we are to achieve sustainable development.

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