DUBAI, 4th April, 2016 (WAM)–Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, has revealed that the UAE will formally sign Conference of Parties (COP) 21 global climate agreement on 22nd April 22, adopted by more than 195 countries at last year’s climate change summit in Paris.

He added that the deal aims to reduce global warming and is expected to replace Kyoto Protocol that ends in 2020.

Al Zeyoudi stressed the importance of the show hosted annually in Dubai, and pointed out that the UAE was a strategic wood re-export centre, thanks to its strategic and logistics location globally. He said the Dubai WoodShow has drawn participations from many countries reflecting their confidence in the market.

Al Zeyoudi made the statement while inaugurating ‘Dubai WoodShow 2016′ on Monday. He noted that more than 250 companies from 42 countries are taking part in the show which targets traders, architects, decision makers from the contracting, environment and other relevant sectors, said the organisers.

He said that the UAE has been financing over 30 renewable energy projects worth $840 million in 28 emerging countries under an ambitious funding programme launched six years ago.

Legal trade of timber and the significance of dealing with licensed exporters of timber will also take a huge deal of discussions at the show which runs until April 6.

According to the minister, the wood trade is very significant to the UAE where 70 per cent of wood goes to construction sector and 30 per cent to other various sectors which demonstrates the vital role of wood in the country’s development.

On the woodshow, Al Zeyoudi said, “Based on my observation during the tour, this exhibition is up to the environmental standards where exhibiting companies are deploying stringent measures in wood production.”

The show will focus on sustainability of wood resources at a time when the building and contracting industries in the UAE use more timber compared to other resources. The show will also highlight “green building” solutions and the contribution of wood in this concept, said the organisers.

Wood is used as a major material for building in the GCC and it is also highly used in interior designs. The show encourages the use of wood with adherence to green and sustainable buildings in the region as well as in the UAE.

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