(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM))
ABU DHABI, 18th January, 2018 (WAM) -- A UAE newspaper has said that the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, ADSW, has emerged as a leading forum for the exchange of ideas and the development of solutions in the pursuit of sustainable development.
In an editorial on Thursday, The National said, "This year's session of the ADSW has drawn experts from virtually every corner of the world; there will be innovations down the years that will directly be traceable to this year's gathering. Subjects that have long been neglected have been thrown into sharp relief."
The paper quoted His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as saying, "This country's commitment to 'sustainable practices' and 'reducing its environment footprint' is not a recent undertaking. It is a foundational principle of this country."
The International Water Summit on Wednesday addressed water security. Diminishing water resources, one of the most overlooked topics in discussions about climate change, is perhaps the greatest threat facing tens of millions of people in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. As freshwater becomes scarce, competition for what remains intensifies and the possibility of conflict grows. Averting such a crisis ought to be a top priority for policymakers everywhere.
On Wednesday, three researchers were awarded a grant of $5 million for their work on rain enhancement. The trio – comprising professor Eric Frew of the University of Colarado, who is researching the use of drones to seed clouds; Dr Lulin Xue of Beijing's HuaXin ChuangZhi Science and Technology Centre, who is trying to broaden our understanding of rain enhancement; and professor Ali Abhashev of the Rain Suppression Research Centre in Nalchik, Russiaa, who is studying the creation of artificial updrafts in crowds – who were selected from a pool of more than 200 competitors for the grant will now collaborate and share their research with global institutions.
The Abu Dhabi-based daily concluded by saying, "By rewarding and empowering researchers directly, the ADSW is accelerating the search for workable solutions."