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‘Rashid’ to be Doha’s green mascot

DOHA: Rashid the Recycler, a cartoon character who teaches people the importance of recycling waste, will shortly do rounds of Doha when Unesco launches its Resources Recycling Book.

The book, which features Rashid, has been produced by Unesco in collaboration with Qatar’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy and Industry and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture. It contains detailed information on the importance of recycling waste for preserving the environment and related issues.

It will also contain a CD-ROM with an environment quiz, links to environment and recycling related websites and other information.

The quiz, which is aimed at children and teenagers in the 12-18 bracket, also carries two prizes – one each for male and female contestants. The prizes are a study trip to France and Germany, including the air ticket, visits to recycling and environmental facilities in those countries.

Speaking to The Peninsula, a senior Unesco official who is actively involved with the project – the first of its kind in the region – said the final manuscript of the English language version of the book and the CD-ROM are almost ready. The English text of this book has been authored by an Australian writer, former UAE resident Ronald Abdulla Loughland, while the Arabic version has been penned by Sudanese writer Omeima Osman. The CD-ROM is being developed by Q-Vision with assistance from the Centre of Environment Friends, Hamad Medical Corporation and Qatar News Agency.

The final manuscripts will be handed over by Unesco’s regional office in Doha to the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education will later print a combined 10,000 copies of this book for distribution in schools and other educational institutes by December or early next year.

Unesco will also provide the special print quality recycled paper for the printing of the book to the ministry. The official revealed that Unesco had planned to launch the book in October, but its efforts were hampered since the organisation was unable to procure print-quality recycled paper.

Financial support for the Resources Recycling Book was offered by Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Fertiliser Co, Qatargas, Oxy and Unesco’s Platform on Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands, the official said, adding that this contribution proved vital in advancing the project.

The book will be launched in Qatar first, followed by other GCC countries and finally in all Arabic countries next year.

The countries to be covered include Arab states such as Mauritania, Sudan, Egypt and others. In the fourth phase, the book will be launched worldwide, the official added.

Source: The Pininsula, 21 October 2002
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