10 - 12 December, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Osama Melika


Marine Program Director
Emirates Marine Environmental Group


9:30 AM Mitigating environmental impacts of the artificial islands through coral restoration in UAE

  • Fragmentation and micro-fragmentation methods
  • Using breakwater and artificial structure as coral nurseries
  • Used methods for coral culture (propagation)and transplantation
  • Current projects, environmental challenges and lessons learned

10:30 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding the marine environmental consequences of artificial island construction and mitigating associated risks

Construction of a large number of islands and coastal developments in the region may lead to damage or deterioration of the natural environment, cause harm to wild or marine life or affect their aesthetic value.

This panel will discuss:
  • Marine environmental consequences of artificial island construction
  • Latest marine protection laws issued for the Dubai coastal area
  • Best practices to monitor and assess land reclamation’s impacts on species, habitats and the marine ecosystem
  • Methods to avoid permanent loss of marine habitats, and predict changes in coastal currents
  • Ways to mitigate the significant adverse impacts on marine and coastal biodiversity


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Osama.

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