We are very proud to have supported AGEDI (www.agedi.org) in the development of their 360 Virtual Educational Tour of the National Mangrove Park here in Abu Dhabi.
We wanted to select a site that we had covered as part of our Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demo phase and which was important culturally to the Emirate. We wanted to test pilot the use of 4th generation communication tools for enhanced communications on the importance of these ecosystems but also as a means to tie a story together on the layers of information that which we have been building on coastal blue carbon habitats. Thus the 360 Virtual Educational Tour was born.
It tells the story of the site, what can be found in mangroves and why they are important, how much shoreline protection they provide, ecosystem services valuation, blue carbon and our findings, blue carbon at the national level, how will the mangroves be affected by climate change and then how are we sharing our lessons learnt through international projects.