UAE Federal Law and Environment Protection

UAE Federal Law and Environment Protection

The UAE Federal Law No. 24 of 1999 regulates the protection of the environment and its conservation in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, there are several laws regulating several aspects of the environment.

  1. Conservation of aquatic life is regulated by the Federal Law No. 23 of 1999.
  2. Radioactive materials and their use is regulated by the Federal Law No. 20 of 2006.
  3. Animal welfare is regulated by the Federal Law No. 16 of 2007.
  4. The “International Trade” in dangerous species of the beast and wild animals and flowers is regulated by the Federal Law No. 11 of 2002.
  5. The possession of dangerous animals is regulated by the Federal Law No. 22 of 2016.
  6. Federal Law No. 5 of 1979 for Agricultural and Veterinary Quarantine. 
  7. Federal Law No. 21 of 1981 for “General Authority for water resources management” 
  8. The hunting of birds and animals is regulated by the Federal Law No. 9 of 1983.
  9. The establishment of nurseries and the production, importation and circulation of seedlings is regulated by the Federal Law No. 38 of 1992.
  10. The Federal Environment Agency was established by the Federal Law No. 7 of 1993.
  11. Plant Genetic Resources for food and agriculture are explained by the Federal Law No. 9 of 2013.
  12. Integrated waste management is explained by Federal Law No. 12 of 2018.

In Abu Dhabi, there are some additional regulations for environmental protection and conservation. These are as follows:

  1. Waste management is regulated by Law No. 21 of 2005.
  2. Restructuring of the Environment Agency is regulated by Federal Law No. 16 of 2005.
  3. Grazing is regulated by Law No. 13 of 2005.
  4. Groundwater is regulated by Law No. 5 of 2016.

Protection and Development

The protection and development of the environment, as well as its conservation, are strictly regulated in the UAE and all of its emirates, including Abu Dhabi. Lawyers in Abu Dhabi & Lawyers in Dubai understand all the environmental laws and regulations and can handle all the legal issues related to these regulations. The environmental offences are strictly penalised and result in civil as well as criminal penalties, depending on the nature of the offence. In some cases, the environmental offences may lead to lawsuits, which necessitates the need for a lawyer. Many lawyers in Abu Dhabi specialise in environmental law. These lawyers have the experience and the skills to handle all types of cases involving environmental regulations.

Individuals and corporations have to deal with a lot of legal issues related to the environment. These issues relate to permits, licences as well as penalties and fines. To ensure that all the legalities are handled with utmost care without any long term problems, it is essential to hire a lawyer who is aware of all the environmental regulations and can not only help with the issue at hand but can also suggest the best possible line of action to handle the legal processes efficiently.


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