Abu Dhabi: An initiative to plant 10,000 mangrove saplings has been launched by the Western Region Development Council (WRDC) in Al Gharbia, or the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

The saplings are to be planted along the coast of Al Mirfa, which is already home to mangrove forests and is considered to be one of the areas in the emirate best suited for such afforestation initiatives.

The initiative brings together the Western Region Development Council and Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) in a partnership. A similar programme was implemented in 2011 by the WRDC to conserve the mangroves.

Mangroves comprise a class of trees that grow in low-salinity water. Such vegetation provides a natural habitat for the breeding of many fish species, sea snakes, turtles and other marine creatures.