In 2007 the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) decided to develop an environmental health strategy covering all seven of the UAE emirates, and it sought the help of other agencies and organizations inside the UAE and elsewhere. A team of officials from EAD and the World Health Organization toured leading schools of public health around the world and then invited a small number of universities to submit proposals for creating a UAE environmental health strategy.
In the spring of 2008, the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was chosen as the principal partner in developing the UAE environmental health strategy. UNC invited the RAND Corporation, the Department of Community Medicine at the University of the United Arab Emirates, Resources For the Future and the Norwegian Institute for Air Quality to collaborate on the project.
The project was officially launched on June 9, 2008, at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.
The project has three major components:
The environmental health strategy is expected to be completed by mid-2009 and the other components by mid-2010.
EAD Press Release (PDF)
UNC Press Release (PDF)
Interview with project leadership, Video
|Last updated February 12, 2010|