Abu Dhabi Unveils Designated Grazing Period for 2024

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has outlined the designated grazing period for livestock in the emirate for 2024. The season will run from May 15 to October 15, aiming to balance the ecological needs of Abu Dhabi's pastures with the requirements of livestock owners.

This regulated grazing window fosters the restoration of vegetation during the off-season, promoting biodiversity and ensuring the long-term viability of grazing lands for future generations. The initiative is part of a wider framework established in 2020 to oversee grazing practices within Abu Dhabi.

EAD is responsible for implementing the regulations set forth in Law No. (11) of 2020. The law mandates the issuance of licenses to owners and breeders of livestock, ensuring adherence to designated grazing areas and sustainable practices.

Obtaining a grazing license requires applicants to be UAE citizens over the age of 21 and possess a valid livestock inventory certificate approved by the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA). These measures ensure that grazing adheres to environmental regulations and promotes the responsible management of livestock.

License holders are authorized to graze their livestock in designated open areas, maintaining a minimum distance of two kilometers from protected zones like reserves, forests, residential areas, and military zones. The regulations also prohibit grazing without supervision and mandate adherence to the designated grazing season.

The implementation of a regulated grazing season reflects Abu Dhabi's commitment to safeguarding its environment while supporting traditional practices. The initiative fosters a balance between ecological conservation and economic needs, ensuring the sustainability of Abu Dhabi's grazing lands for generations to come.

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