Zeraa Island, Abu Dhabi
As part of the Precious Plastic WANA Conference 2018 the NTSI Lab organised a mangrove and beach clean-up as a communal event on Abu Al Habl Island (Abu Dhabi, UAE) in the afternoon of December 19, 2018. Twentyfive participants shuttled from Yas Marina with a motor boat (boat owner: Captain Tony) to the nearby island to collect waste. An introduction to marine wild-life and the local flora and fauna was given by Arabella Willing (Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF). Most of the found waste resulted from partys of boat owners that regularly use the island for weekend trips. The collected bottles, cans, construction material (mostly styrofoam) from close by construction sites, plastic bags, cigarette filters, BBQ equipment (incl 2 BBQ grills) and broken picnic furniture amongst other equipment was taken in boxes back to NYUAD campus to be seperated and recyceled if possible.