Friends of Environment Centre Hopes for COP18 "Practical Measures"

Doha, November 29 (QNA) – Environment activists hope participants in the Doha-based COP18 will reach a minimal agreement on practical measures to protect the planet from pollution and global warming emissions.
Speaking to QNA, Friends of the Environment Center (FEC) Chairman Dr. Saif Al Hajari said all participant countries are urged to reach a practical agreement that helps protect the environment from the dangers of pollution.
He added that the old concept that only major countries or the so-called polluting countries should assume their responsibilities is no longer valid, stressing that all the sides must get into serious negotiations to reach mechanisms to be implemented in the coming years in order to reduce factors that affect the environment and climate.
He called on all participants to refrain from exchanging charges of who is responsible for environmental pollution. “Everyone has to work from their position, whether individuals, society or countries to reach an agreement that protects our planet.”
Al Hajari said COP18 decisions and agreements must be decisive and binding, adding that legislation and international laws can achieve part of the goal of protecting the environment.
“We hope there will be minimum agreement that can save humanity. We do not want to raise the ceiling of demands. If we agree on the first step we can reach advanced ones.”
He highlighted Qatar’s steps in protecting the environment, including signing all environment- and climate-related agreements. He added that Qatar has been always keen on international resolutions that lead to progress in solving climatic and environmental issues.
Qatar has worked for a long time on developing regulations, codes and standards related to the environment, Al Hajari said, adding that the country has been encouraging the different organizations to adopt the concept of sustainability and green environment.
He pointed out that Qatar has spent a lot on alternative energy research, and currently provides the world with gas, the least damaging energy. (QNA)

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