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15.01.2018 - UNESCO Office in Doha

UNESCO presents QNRF’s Roundtable on Biodiversity in Qatar


Anna Paolini, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the GCC and Yemen, presented UNESCO's initiatives in the field of Natural Sciences during Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)’s Research Outcome Seminar (ROS) and Roundtable on Biodiversity held on 14 January 2018 at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) in Doha.

QNRF, a member of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, held the roundtable under the theme "Impact of Biodiversity Research in Qatar Ecosystem”. 

In her keynote speech, UNESCO Representative to the GCC and Yemen, Anna Paolini highlighted the Al Reem Man and Biosphere Reserve as an example of natural heritage protection and preservation and presented its integrated management and zoning plan. She also introduced UNESCO's main programs for the safeguarding of natural heritage including the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), an Intergovernmental Scientific Programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for the improvement of relationships between people and their environments. 

The seminar highlighted topics in the following areas: coral reefs, Sahara dust, genetic diversity of plants, desert truffles, marine biodiversity and ecological threat, mobile dunes, ecosystem metabolism, toxin production in arid mangroves, and potential native plants for urban landscapes.

During the roundtable discussion on biodiversity, specialists including Dr. Radhouane Ben-Hamadou from Qatar University, Dr. Christopher Warren from ExxonMobil Research Qatar and Dr. Talaat Abdel-Fattah Ahmed from Qatar University discussed people's present knowledge on the biodiversity in Qatar, what can be done, the role of the private and industry sectors in environment and biodiversity conservation.

Over the last ten years QNRF has been supporting research projects in the field of biodiversity. This seminar gathered the local community dealing with such challenges in Qatar and highlighted the outcomes of some of the projects and their integrated role in developing strategies to protect the environment and conserve the natural ecosystem in Qatar. 

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