UAE Environmental Health Project is a collaboration headed by the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina.
1. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is a governmental agency that was established in 1996 with the overall function of protecting and conserving the environment as well as promoting sustainable development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Agency is responsible for assisting the Federal Environmental Agency (FEA) and the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water in implementing environmental laws and putting forth regulation orders in the capital. Every year, the Agency sets increasingly ambitious goals for itself to achieve the best possible results for the environment. Beginning with only 20 employees in 1996, compared to around 300 today, it continues to grow and achieve new milestones in order to provide a cleaner and healthier environment for the inhabitants of the Emirate.
2. The World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Environmental Health Activities (CEHA) was established in 1985 in Amman, Jordan, by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. CEHA works to strengthen environmental health programs in the eastern Mediterranean region, which includes Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
3. University of North Carolina (UNC), chartered in 1789 and opened in 1795, is the oldest public university in the United States. UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health is consistently ranked as the top public school of public health in the United States. The school has about 215 full-time faculty and 1,700 students. Faculty from the School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Department of Epidemiology are leading the UAE environmental health project.
4. UAE University Department of Community Medicine established in 1976 by the UAE government, has a research staff with extensive field experience in performing epidemiologic studies. UAEU is the oldest of the government-funded colleges and universities in the UAE, is the No. 1 ranked research university among the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and is the No. 2 ranked research university in the Arab world. The Department of Community Medicine is leading UAEU's collaboration on the environmental health project, and comprises 15 faculty and staff members. UAE University is located in Al-Ain, a city situated about 140 km (87 miles) from Abu Dhabi.
5. RAND Corporation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research institution in the United States. It provides high-level advice to improve policymaking through research and analysis for a range of U.S. and international clients. RAND research is conducted by a multidisciplinary staff of about 775 professional researchers, most of whom hold advanced degrees. RAND also houses the Pardee RAND Graduate School -- the oldest doctoral program for public policy in the United States. The doctoral students of the Pardee School regularly bring their substantial and diverse skills to contribute to the execution of RAND projects. RAND is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, and has offices in Washington, D.C.; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Jackson, Mississippi; Cambridge, England; and Doha, Qatar. The Doha office houses the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute, which analyzes complex policy problems for clients across the Middle East.
6. Resources for the Future (RFF), a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, conducts research -- rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences -- on environmental, energy and natural resource issues. For more than 50 years, RFF has pioneered the application of economics as a tool to develop more effective policy about the use and conservation of natural resources. Its scholars continue to analyze critical issues concerning pollution control, energy and transportation policy, land and water use, hazardous waste, climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem management, and the environmental challenges of developing countries.
7. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) conducts environmental research with emphasis on the sources of airborne pollution, atmospheric transport, transformation and deposition and is also assesses the effects of pollution on ecosystems, human health and materials. NILU analyzes the relationships between those factors and makes the results available to decision-makers. The institute performs approximately 250 projects each year for governments, industries and national and international organizations, and it has about 140 employees. NILU has a leading international role in collecting and storing measurement data from atmospheric research and monitoring programs. Its UAE office branch was established in 2005.
|Last updated January 05, 2009|