Emirates Marine Environmental Group and Procter & Gamble Launch the P&G Dubai Mangrove Forest
Posted on 2021 Apr,20

Today, Procter & Gamble (P&G) accelerates its commitment to sustainability by unveiling P&G’s Dubai Mangrove Forest project planted by the Emirates Marine Environmental Group (EMEG) during a sunset inauguration ceremony. The mangrove forest planted in the Jebel Ali Wildlife Sanctuary marks a decisive action towards earth restoration by creation of a Forest in the desert coastline of the UAE.

Located on the Dubai coastline, the P&G Dubai Mangrove Forest itself will be set in an area comprising of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds and a natural beach. The sanctuary selected for the Forest is a place of global significance, a United Nations protected reserve that is being managed by EMEG and has been included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. The initiative is in line with the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan that maps out a comprehensive future map for sustainable urban development in the city.

Major Ali Al Suweidi, President of EMEG, commented, “We are delighted to be announcing this unique initiative together with P&G and EcoMatcher. Nature alone can help us solve up to one-third of climate change. The aim of the Dubai Mangrove Forest is to help balance out Dubai’s cosmopolitan impact in agreement with Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, which aims to expand green spaces focused on enhancing the population’s well-being. Dubai Mangrove Forest will not only be used for foresting but also for animal rescue and species preservation.”

Accelerating its commitment to environmental sustainability is a critical component of the P&G's growth strategy and its focus on innovation to improve consumers' lives. The company has aims to commit 2,021 acts of good this year – inspiring people to take action and spread kindness. The campaign builds on P&G’s support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals through Lead With Love, an ongoing campaign that touches on issue areas like community impact and environmental sustainability.

Omar Channawi, CEO of P&G Middle East, East & West Africa and General Export Markets added, “We are very thankful for the support of Major Ali, EMEG and EcoMatcher, and very proud of being able to launch this initiative together. We are thrilled to see P&G’s Dubai Mangrove Forest project come to life here in the UAE, our first Forest as part of P&G ForestsforGood Programme. P&G ForestsforGood is something we hope will flourish around the world. P&G has undertaken a large number of initiatives to help protect, improve and restore nature around the world. Regionally, this campaign is focused on helping bring nature back to life, and we felt it particularly significant for the regeneration to take place in the desert. The move aligns with Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan’s mission to double green areas to provide a healthy environment for residents and visitors.”

The teams will be using this specially designated land next to the sea to plant a mangrove forest. Mangroves are an ideal natural climate solution as they use salt water that they self-filtrate, removing irrigation from the equation and making them ideal for water conservation as well. They are also able to store three to five times more carbon than forests found on land, and also crucial to biodiversity health with three quarters of all tropical fish species being born within mangrove forests. P&G intends to plant new mangroves on the Jebel Ali site and also adopt some mangroves that are older (4 or 5 years old) to maximize the future carbon sequestration and offsetting potential. 

P&G has partnered with Hong Kong-based EcoMatcher for the initiative, which will allow it to see progress virtually through its technology platform. Using blockchain technology to ensure traceability, the aim of the program is to offer full transparency with tree-planting projects, allowing each individual to view their trees that have been planted through the EcoMatcher website in line with P&G’s mission to ensure sustainable growth and accountability. 

The Forest initiative also aligns with the UAE Vision 2021 objectives towards a more sustainable environment and is the latest in a series of innovative ecological initiatives P&G is putting its weight behind as a Force For Good. By 2030, P&G is committed to making a difference on all environmental footprint actions including becoming carbon neutral within this decade.