Doha, November 29 (QNA) – As a low-lying coastal nation, Qatar is on the front line when it comes to adverse climate change. It is only natural then, that it is an issue taken seriously. In daily talks from December 1 to December 7, COP18/CMP8 will be showcasing the many forward-thinking projects in the region and highlighting organizations that encourage sustainable development and envision a greener future.
The Feature Hour series will focus on innovative projects, from farms in the desert and initiatives to promote athletics, to a developer that follows green standards and uses sustainable methods.
All talks are scheduled for 3pm and will take place in Hall 5, Room 9 of the Qatar National Convention Centre, where the United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place.
The first talk, on December 1, will include a presentation from the Sahara Forest Project, which uses sustainable technologies to “turn the desert green”: to bring fresh produce out of once infertile soil and at the same time act as a source of renewable energy.
On December 3, Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, the secretary general and CEO of the Qatar Olympic Committee, will discuss how the country is promoting physical activity and athletics. A fitter, healthier population cuts down on healthcare costs and associated emissions and means more people will opt for zero-emissions means of transport such as walking and cycling.
On December 4, Bassam Al Mannai, the masterplan manager of Msheireb Properties, will be discussing the company s positive environmental impact on Qatar. Msheireb Properties has achieved international certification for quality, environmental performance, and health and safety. The company is a shining example of Qatar s green economy philosophy: the idea that making a profit and making a difference do not need to be opposites.
On December 5, Dr. Tim Bouts, the director of Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, will discuss the conservation projects of the Centre. Endangered animals from all over the world, including the rare Spix Macaw, have been brought to this oasis of greenery and palm trees with the ambition of breeding, repopulation, and reintroduction into nature.
Inspired by Sheikh Saoud Bin Mohammed Bin Ali Al Thani’s passion for nature, an international team of vets, biologists and keepers are dedicated to the care and conservation of the animals under the centre’s care.
December 6 is a presentation from Khalid Al-Mohannadi, the co-founder of Doha Oasis. This advocacy group pushes for balance between Qatar s ecological system and national development. Its mission is to encourage participation of individuals, civil society, and national institutions in environmental projects and awareness programmes as well as to promote cooperation towards sustainable growth.
The programme wraps up on December 7, Khalid Yahya Abid, senior water quality specialist at Kahramaa, Qatar s water and electricity authority, will tell the audience how climate change may pose significant challenges to ensuring clean drinking water in Qatar, and how those challenges provide Qatar with an incentive to actively assist in global emissions reductions strategies. (QNA)