Planting for the Planet

An exclusive mangrove restoration session!


Coastal Blue Carbon ecosystems – such as mangroves – can help reduce the risks and impacts of climate change while providing multiple co-benefits: they offer critical habitats for biodiversity, enhance local fisheries production, and protect coastal communities from erosion and storms. Yet mangroves face many threats, including deforestation, coastal development, pollution and climate change.

About the project

The “Restoring mangrove ecosystems of the UAE” project uses an ecosystem-based approach and is run through the “Priceless Planet Coalition”, an international initiative implemented by Mastercard in collaboration with Conservation International (CI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), which aims to plant 100 million trees to restore global forest ecosystems.

In the UAE, Emirates Nature-WWF has selected different sites to restore mangroves, one of them being the Umm Al Quwain lagoon, in Umm Al Quwain. Umm Al Quwain lagoon is home to dense mangrove forests, rich biodiversity, as well as kayaking activities near beautiful lagoon-side beaches!


Volunteers will assist our team of scientists to restore mangroves and collect biodiversity information in the Umm Al Quwain lagoon, Umm Al Quwain. If time allows, volunteers may also help to monitor the biodiversity and record wild plants in the area, count crabs and their burrows, the number of snails in a sample area, the number of species of birds seen throughout the day, signs of insect pollinators and pests. 


Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th of February, Emirates Nature-WWF will be organizing outreach and planting activities, which volunteers will be able to come and join.

The programme includes:

  • Introduction to the marine ecosystems, blue carbon and the importance of mangroves by our experts.
  • Awareness about the cultural and ecological importance of mangroves, the threats they face and how we can work together to ensure their resilience.
  • Mangrove restoration


This type of fieldwork is physically challenging, it will be outdoors. Willingness to get dirty and have fun is vital as it gets really muddy in the mangroves!

Please note that this trip is not suitable for children under the age of 7.  However, children can only attend upon requests and must be accompanied by adults. For such requests, please reach out to [email protected] .

What is the Impact? 

  • Contribute to the UAE’s pledge to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 and support national climate change mitigation and adaptation goals.
  • Help to restore local biodiversity. Mangroves are home to endangered species of turtles, seabirds, sharks and rays.
  • Raise public awareness about the importance of mangroves, the project and inspire civil society to play an active role in safeguarding these essential ecosystems.
  • Contribute to the value of the ecosystem amongst the community. 
  • Create opportunities for eco-tourism.

Session Partner


Umm Al Quwain
Casa Mikoko, Umm Al Quwain
Date & Time
Thursday, 16 March 2023 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Friday, 17 March 2023 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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Saturday, 18 March 2023 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
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Sunday, 19 March 2023 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM
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Monday, 20 March 2023 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
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Saturday, 12 November 2022 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Saturday, 26 November 2022 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Saturday, 03 February 2024 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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Sunday, 04 February 2024 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
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Monday, 05 February 2024 02:30 PM - 05:00 PM
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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
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Wednesday, 07 February 2024 03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
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Thursday, 08 February 2024 03:30 PM - 06:00 PM
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Saturday, 10 February 2024 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Sunday, 11 February 2024 08:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Sunday, 18 February 2024 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM
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Saturday, 24 September 2022 07:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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Ratings & Reviews

9 Reviews

Yes really wonderful event , i am understand lot things

Good event, it could have been better if we could protect our hands while planting.

This is definitely one of those event where you see the impact you can make by doing simple (though you understand that before planting a lot of people worked hard to do scientific researches and calculations) thing. And it's really meditative experience. Definitely recommend it.

A well organized activity where we got the chance to learn about the mangroves ecosystem and contribute to the UAE's sustainability, while being out in nature and discovering hidden gems in the Emirates

A great day planting multiple seedlings ! Felt good contributing back to nature


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