The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) made a commitment at the First Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula (2010) to support a Systematic Conservation Assessment for Arabia, and the "Local, National and Regional Biodiversity Assessment Project" is one of the results of that commitment. The project will work on the following three tracks over the next 12 months:
1. Local - The Emirate of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi);
2. National - The United Arab Emirates (UAE); and
3. Regional - The Arabian Peninsula comprising Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen.
The Local, National and Regional (LNR) Biodiversity Assessment project, which covers both terrestrial and marine ecosystems, will use specific and locally validated data to create new and valuable, derived spatial data outputs. These will be widely shared will all contributors with the primary objective of strengthening and supporting conservation planning across the Arabian Peninsula.
The Environmental Monitoring Information System of Kuwait (eMISK) at the Environment Public Authority (EPA) will participate in this project and coordinates on the national level with the relevant authorities, stakeholders and national experts in the State of Kuwait. Within this framework, eMISK organized a preliminary meeting on Thursday 12 July 2012 at EPA for 3 hours where the Mr. Robert Tadd (the project manager at AGEDI) and Dr Stephen Parr (the Project Expert from Hyder Consulting) delivered presentations describing the LNR Biodiversity Assessment project, its components, participants, the scope of work and excepted outputs and deliverables. The participants also discussed the means and the requirements for the implementation of this project. The meeting was attended by representatives from the technical departments at EPA, researchers from Kuwait University and KISR as well as the Kuwait Environmental Protection Society (KEPS) and the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME).