To Facilitate Collection of Environmental Violations Fines
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Saturday, June 4th 2016 [ME NewsWire]
The MoI signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Sharjah Environment and Protected Area Authority, to integrate fines for environmental violations in the Emirate of Sharjah in the police e-violations system across the UAE. Such measure would facilitate payment of fines for community members, and further reduce acts of environmental degradation in the UAE.
The MoU was signed by Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha’far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), and by HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA).
The MoU aims to facilitate the collection of fines for environmental violations issued by the authority, through electronic linking with the federal traffic system and the MoI’s service centers. This pioneering system implemented for the first time in the UAE, is a significant milestone and would support the EPAA’s efforts to protect the environment from pollution, based on the administrative resolution No.(9) of 2012 about prevention of environmental degradation in the wilderness areas in the emirate of Sharjah. The MoU would also allow payment of fines for the violation of the law on prohibition of possession of dangerous animals and predators in Sharjah. All of these measures are testament to the leading role of EPAA and the Emirate of Sharjah in preserving natural environmental resources and maintaining the ecosystem's natural balance.
Lt. General Al Sha’far said: “The MoU is an important component of community work and reinforces joint action between Ministry of Interior and national authorities. It also provides a framework to determine the necessary requirements and developments to be taken in a bid to protect the environment from pollution, an objective that requires concerted efforts amongst all entities to make remarkable achievements in the service of the country.” He also noted that promoting partnership with federal and local ministries and authorities achieves the common goals and serves the objectives of the federal government.
Lt. General Al Sha’far reiterated the keenness of the Ministry of Interior to support environmental protection efforts, in response to the directives of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, of the importance of environmental life, and the need to maintain it, to achieve sustainable development in the country. He also noted that preserving the environment and planet earth is a shared responsibility between members of society.
HE Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Environment and Protected Areas Authority welcomed this significant achievement, which serves the good of all mankind. She emphasized that the EPAA aims to facilitate the payment of fines for environmental violations through this MoU, from the nearest police station across the UAE, which allows individuals to pay their fines easily and quickly.
Ms. Al Suwaidi said that signing the MoU will integrate payment of environmental violations on the police e-violations system of police. This process is carried out for the first time in the UAE, and reflects the keenness of the Emirate of Sharjah, to abide by the directives of His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Kasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, to protect natural environment, and reduce environmental deterioration. It also contributes to reduce violations on natural environment, based on the administrative resolution No.(9) of 2012 about prevention of environmental degradation in the wilderness areas in the emirate of Sharjah.
The signing ceremony was attended by Brigadier Ghaith Hassan Al Zaabi, Traffic Coordination Director General.
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