Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Starting Year: 2009
The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) is the competent authority charged with the implementation of environment laws in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. As part of this, the Agency issues environmental permits for new development, infrastructure & industrial projects and existing industrial facilities in the Emirate. The permits are issued on the basis of evaluation of studies/reports submitted by the proponents of these projects. Each of these reports generally contains substantial amounts of environmental data. Although certain individual efforts were made to compile these data elements, there has never been a concerted and systematic approach to assessing and extracting this huge volume of datasets. The EAD commissioned GPC to conduct study to determine the feasibility to make all data from these documents/studies to be made available from EAD’s Environmental Database (EDB).
The objective of the project was to review all environmental assessment (EA) related studies/documents and assess existing environmental data and information, and to compile, integrate and automate this information to the extent appropriate based on the outcomes of the initial assessment. The first stage focused on creating a digital inventory of all relevant documents and assessing the type and character of environmental assessment information included in each. This information was used to identify the type and value of information that can be extracted from the documents, a prioritization of that content, and a terms of reference and work plan for carrying out that data extraction in a subsequent stage.