The Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit was developed in collaboration by Total, Total Abu Al Bukhoosh, the Environment – Agency Abu Dhabi and the Convention on Migratory Species Dugong MOU.


Committed to the United Arab Emirates, Total and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh have supported dugong conservation in the United Arab Emirates since 1999 through their partnership with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Through sponsoring the development of the Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit, Total and Total Abu Al Bukhoosh have made an important and significant contribution to dugong and seagrass conservation globally.


The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is committed to protecting and conserving the environment for a better life for all and has led the United Arab Emirates’ dugong conservation programme. By partnering with other government entities, the private sector, non-government organisations and global environmental agencies, EAD embraces international best practice, innovation and hard work to institute effective policy measures. EAD facilitated the development of the Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit and provided valuable guidance throughout its production.


The Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation and Management of Dugongs and their Habitats throughout their Range (Dugong MOU) of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) is an international agreement that aims to promote internationally coordinated actions to ensure the long-term survival of dugongs and their seagrass habitats throughout their range. The MoU entered into effect on 31 October 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and has been signed by 26 countries. The Dugong MoU Secretariat coordinated the development the Dugong and Seagrass Research Toolkit through its Dugong Technical Group  who developed the content of the toolkit.

Toolkit Management Team

Dr. Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri
Executive Director, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity Sector, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Dr. Himansu S Das
Unit Head – Marine Threatened Species and Habitats, Terrestrial and Marine Biodiversity, Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

Dr. Donna Kwan
Programme Management Officer, CMS Dugong MOU

Ms. Samantha Matthews
Project Associate, CMS Dugong MOU/Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi