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Estidama, Abu Dhabi

Launched in May 2008, Estidama, which means ’sustainability’ in Arabic, is Abu Dhabi’s contribution to the global discussion of how to create more sustainable communities, cities and global enterprises. It is the result of a clear political vision that is intended to balance environmental, economic, cultural and social imperatives in pursuit of a higher quality of life for all living things. Estidama is the first program of its kind that is tailored to the mid-east region. It was conceived to initially support the realisation of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030, under the direction of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, the agency responsible for the Future of Abu Dhabi’s urban environments, and in collaboration with a number of government agencies and developers who share a common vision to transform Abu Dhabi into a model of sustainable urbanization in the region. Estidama’s philosophy is based on four pillars of sustsainability, environmental, economic, social, and cultural. These underpin Estidama’s multidimensional approach to the implementation of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. How do we become involved in the development of Estidama? Given the significant body of work and integration required to make Estidama a reality, the Estidama Core Team is actively developing protocols for engaging a broad group of stakeholders and pilot projects to test early concepts. The avenues to become involved include the following: 1.Industry Partners –We envision creating a working group of 5-7 industry partners who will be asked to advise, review and comment on emerging documents. 2.Agency Partners – Given the broader aspirations of Estidama, key agencies will be invited to review and provide input to core criteria and prerequisites. 3.Benchmark Projects – in our initial conversations with Industry Partners we have identified a number of buildings and developments that are already in construction. While it may be too late for these developments to pursue Pilot Project participation, they can provide a valuable array of data and information by creating ongoing research and monitoring partnerships – so real data and performance results can be garnered to better inform the evolution of Estidama. 4.Pilot Projects – as the Pearl Rating System is refined in 2009, we will be seeking 2-3 projects in each category to work alongside the Pearls development. This will allow us to assess the critical factors, usability of the documents and market realities of our criteria.


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