Did you know we have a world Mangrove Day?
The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem falls on Sunday, July 26th.
To mark the event locally, UAE social enterprise Mangroves 4 Mankind (M4M) has partnered with department store Bloomingdale’s Dubai to launch an environmentally-friendly art campaign.
‘Paint It Green’, aims to raise awareness around the importance of mangrove ecosystems to humanity and will be showcased on the Bloomingdale’s UAE website from mid-August 2020
Curated with the support of Alia Zaal Lootah, it features six artists - Fatma Lootah, Robyn Chislett, Ahmad Saeed AlAreef AlDhaheri, Dana Kamber, Meena Al Muheirbi, and forensic artist Ghanim Mubarak.
They've created eight unique pieces of art inspired by the beauty of mangroves.
All proceeds for the sale of this collection will go towards the support of local artists and mangrove reforestation initiatives under the M4M umbrella.
Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Co-founder of Mangroves 4 Mankind, commented: "We are thrilled to collaborate with Bloomingdales Dubai to launch this creative, innovative and environmentally-focused initiative, which aims to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the mangrove ecosystem and increase the forest space that these trees occupies."
Jubail Mangrove Park, Abu Dhabi's latest ecotourism project, opened to the public on January 30th.
Australian firm GHD took care of schematic design, detailed design and project management.
The first of its kind in the UAE, the community park is focused on raising environmental awareness of the mangrove habitat whilst providing edutainment facilities that promote conservation.