Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources



The marine and coastal environment of the UAE is important for economic, social and environmental reasons. The coast is populated; it is utilized by various industries, such as port operations, petrochemical industries, as well as for desalination. To respond to these competing demands, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), in collaboration with its partners in the public and private sectors continuously work to improve the protection of marine resources for sustainable development. Based on international standards, MOCCAE is aiming to have by 2020 at least 10% of coastal and marine areas conserved through effective and equitable protected areas and other conservation measures.


Policies and Initiatives

  • The UAE National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (2018-2021) was launched as a response mechanism to conserve the UAE’s sharks and rays
  • Coastal Oil Spill Clean-up Guide (2017) aims to help decision makers field teams¨ and volunteers select methods for clean-up operations based on type and nature of beaches.




  • Lack of information on species diversity, distribution, biological data, composition, and quantities of catches due to a limited number of dedicated research programs. Since 2010, more research programs were initiated to ensure the creation of viable management plans for the conservation of maritime species
  • Limited awareness concerning the importance of biodiversity can lead to misuse or overuse of species and their habitats.

Achievement Progress


Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas