The second part of the first UNESCO Biosphere Excursion, a binational programme in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ethiopia, took place in April 2016. A group of sixteen inspired students and young professionals from Ethiopia and the UAE met on 6 April for an excursion to protected areas in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah. The same group had previously travelled to Ethiopia in November 2015 to learn about environmental management issues in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves of Kafa and Lake Tana.
The two parts of the Biosphere Excursion enabled participants to carry out multiplier projects designed to disseminate knowledge throughout their own communities. The projects included awareness-raising activities and exercises with school and university students on waste segregation, reforestation activities with schoolchildren, artistic outreach activities using sand sculptures to create awareness of marine pollution, and projects with local communities to improve wetland management. On 21 April 2016, the UAE National Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education coordinated an experience-sharing session with outstanding secondary school students in Fujairah to discuss the importance of environmental protection.