Development of UAQ Mangrove beach

Artists have always been the inspiration for new ideas that business people take for granted. 

The Mangroves from the Water art campaign was born in the UAE emirate of Umm Al Quwain, starting with a touring exhibition (2015-2016) and a festival in 2017.  We are happy and proud to see the fruits of our touring artworks. zanzibar-inspired-restaurant- mikoko-hut-has-opened-at-uaq- mangrove-beach/?fbclid= IwAR0iF3j7QOrvABZruLWe1FoDtI8E jJhwuJIUpH6ZpUmQv3dUKrgjBcXwJP Y

Here are some images of the cleaned up area leading towards the new developed beach..

Zahirah Zeytoun Millie


Photos: student kayak workshop with Zahidah

Zahidah ran a successful workshop with school students on Thursday 18 November 2021. 

Zahidah instructing students from the kayak

The nine Year 11 students from Thomas Carr College, along with three teachers, joined Zahidah on kayaks through the mangrove forests in Victoria.

The workshop is about a two hour trip: 20 minutes to kayak around the mangroves, then stop in a sheltered spot within the mangroves, then to sketch the scene using watercolour technique.  The aim of the workshop is to create a bond between the kayaker (student) and the mangrove trees by sketching them and to build greater understanding of the mangrove forests in Victoria, Australia.

For more details about workshops, please open this link:

UAE vows to plant 100 million mangroves by 2030 at COP26

Fantastic news for the Mangroves from the Water team!

The UAE has announced an increase to their target, to plant 100 million mangroves trees by 2030 at COP26, according to the Emirates News Agency:

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and the Environment, presented the new target at the High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Adaptation Action that took place on the Adaptation, Loss and Damage Day at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Please see the article and view the video here.

The UAE’s commitment to Climate Change

The National newspaper ( 1 November, Thursday) headline’s the UAE’s commitment to Climate Change:

As a strong advocate of environmental protection, the UAE has marked the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement with renewed resolve and enhanced ambition to address climate change. The country took a new step on the path to a climate-safe future with the submission of its second nationally determined contribution (NDC) last month to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Its new commitments involve climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Image courtesy of : Mangrove Walk at Al Jubail Island. The UAE is doing everything from limit greenhouse gas emissions to planting more mangroves to tackle climate change. Antonie Robertson / The National

Please see the full article here

CCCNN’s continued support and coverage of MFTW

We are delighted to share the continued support from CCCNN (Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network) through their blog, discussing the Mangroves from the Water (MFTW) project, and the participation of our curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie in the MangroveWatch program.

You can read more about it under the NEWS section of their blog here.

This is a screenshot from the CCCNN blog page:

Video: Mangroves – Vanguards of the sea

This video is an introduction to the Mangroves from the Water project, narrated by Zahidah Zeytoun Millie. 

We would like to thank the producer Sarah Treacy and Phil Hines for the filming and editing. 

Our sincere gratitude to Jacqui Bennett, the founder of Humans in Geelong for the continued support. 

Humans in Geelong Expo will debut online on 10 October 2021 to align with the mental health month in Australia. The in-person event for Humans in Geelong Expo will open on 5 December 2021. 

Award: Certificate of Appreciation

The Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to curator and founder Zahidah Zeyton Millie, for her continued efforts in linking heritage, culture & environment through Mangroves from the Water exhibitions.

We are grateful to the Sharjah Institute for Heritage for this award received on 24 September 2021. 

CCCNN covers the Mangroves from the Water exhibition

Thank you to CCCNN – Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network – for highlighting the Mangroves from the Water exhibition in Geelong held in August and recognizing our founder and curator Zahidah Zeytoun Millie (member).

Please view their website to see the post and read all about the CCCNN’s mission and the wonderful work they do.

About the CCCNN:

Network focus

The Climate Change Communication and Narratives Network (CCCNN) seeks to complement existing climate change-related research activity at Deakin, critically focusing on the politics and practices of climate change narration and communication in a time of climate emergency.

This includes analysis of the assumptions, intentions, strategies and tools of climate change narration and communication – or broadly, storytelling – in public contexts and by stakeholders invested in the structural and imaginative changes required to mitigate climate change.

There are many assumptions about what storytelling is, how it’s done, and what works, in climate change communication. This is reflected in an increasing ubiquity of ‘stories’ in organisational responses to climate change, focused on public engagement.

As a network, we aim to explore nuanced, critically formed ways of thinking about storytelling and its capacities. We ask what is best practice in climate change communication that draws on this nuance and how is climate change communication being done, what are its limits, and who does it exclude? How can climate communication strategies innovate to engage with diverse demographics and multiple communities?

An outward-facing imperative

Our imperative is outward facing: scientists tell us we have less than ten years to avert the worst impacts of climate change. What we need now is real-world action and effective change.

We aim to contribute to climate change action and mitigation beyond the rhetorical and theoretical, while still interrogating our own knowledges, practices and histories within the academy, and contributing generatively to these.

Video of the Mangroves from the Water exhibition opening

We are so excited to share this video capturing the official opening of our Mangroves from the Water exhibition, 14 August, Gordon Gallery, Geelong.

To view the complete video, please visit our Mangroves from the Water YouTube page.

A huge thank you to Phil Hines for all the photography on the day, and creating this video.

Here is a shorter version giving a quick overview of the show: