Her passion for environmental work, protection of natural habitats and diving prompted her to change her profession from working in the media and marketing at Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi to be an active element in environmental work and dealing with marine organisms.
Maitha Al Hamli, who is currently the lead specialist for endangered marine species and habitats at the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, is considered one of the many Emirati girls who have proven their ability to work in the environmental field, especially fieldwork. She realized that the importance of the environment in preserving human life for future generations is a message carried by all those working in the environmental sector.
Maitha Al Hamli dives into the depths of the sea for about four hours during the days of the field inspection that it is carrying out alongside the authority’s team responsible for monitoring and preserving seagrass, coral weeds and mangroves, convinced of the importance of these species in protecting marine habitats.
She said, "Her passion and love for the environment and to be in direct contact with marine organisms prompted her to complete her graduate studies in environmental sciences, after her undergraduate degree was in marketing. She obtained a master's degree from the United Arab Emirates University in environmental sciences specializing in marine environment. She is currently completing her doctoral studies in marine environment.
She said about what she learned from her work in the environmental field, “The environment taught me to look at it in a more holistic way, if any environmental habitat is affected, then all the ecosystem and biodiversity are affected, fish, birds, mammals, or plants. They are an integrated system in benefit and influence.”
She hopes that a balance will be achieved between preserving the environment and urban development, stressing “the UAE wise leadership believes in the importance of the environment as is urban development, so the environment and its preservation are in safe hands.”
On empowering Emirati women to work in the environmental field, she affirmed, "Women, especially in the Environment Agency, have all the support to excel and develop their skills and study to be the best and have a clear contribution in protecting natural habitats and taking leadership positions."
she calls on her female peers to enter the environmental field and study environmental disciplines, stressing that environmental work is a difficult field, but women have been able to find themselves in this field and run many protection and excellence programs. It brings us closer to nature and makes us more aware of the importance of the environment and its preservation for future generations.
The females occupy 20% of the total number of employees in the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, and female citizens occupy 81% of the total number of females in it, who occupy 21% of the administrative positions out of the total number of females. The female citizens occupy 31% of the total administrative positions in the Environment Agency.
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