The State of Qatar
A trainee from Qatar attended a regional training course on the Use of Remote-Sensing Techniques in Coastal Research and Management (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 1996). As part of the Associated Schools scheme, Qatar hosted a secondary school-level workshop on Environmental Awareness in the Gulf Region (March 1997); it was attended by 5 resource persons and 26 students.
In 2001 the Doha Office, the Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency and CSI jointly published a ‘Development Plan for a Coastal/Marine Environmental Database for Bahrain’. The aim is to produce a digital atlas that will become the basis of an environmental management system. During a meeting, at the UNESCO Doha Office in 2002, Directors of the National Commissions for members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) unanimously agreed that this activity should be continued and extended to include ‘Coastal Resources Assessments and Oil Spill Sensitivity Mapping’ of the Gulf.
CSI is involved with the ‘Abu Hammour’ project in Doha. The aim is to improve the socio-environmental conditions in the city. In 2002 a project document was developed and a fund raising campaign was initiated.
A draft proposal on coastal resources assessment has been developed for Qatar’s Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Resources (SCENR) in conjunction with the Universities of Regensburg and Paderborn (Germany), the Universities of Wales at Bangor and Warwick (United Kingdom) and the University of New South Wales (Australia). A delegation from the University of Paderborn visited Doha in January 2003 for discussions with the SCENR and the UNESCO Doha Office.
A ‘Resources Recycling Book’ for Qatar is being developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture. It is aimed at children and teenagers. A cartoon character Rashid the Recycler explains the importance of recycling waste.