KUWAITI OFFICIAL CALLS FOR BOOSTING AWARENESS ON ENVIRONMENT, BIODIVERSITY

KUWAIT, May 2 (NNN-KUNA) – Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil, Sheikh Talal Al-Athbi Al-Sabah, has stressed the necessity of disseminating environmental awareness and educating decision-makers, on the importance of biodiversity.

Kuwait is going through a huge process of environment treatment of biodiversity, Sheikh Talal told a workshop, organised by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), on behalf of the Minister of Oil, and Minister of Electricity and Water, Essam Al-Marzouq.

The event is themed “biodiversity of animal organisms in Kuwait’s tidal areas.” He explained that, biodiversity is connected to climate change, and it is exposed to tremendous pressures in Kuwait. Part of this biodiversity is dying out.

Sheikh Talal stressed the dire need for a swift and effective action through scientific research and planning, as well as, strict laws and policies to remedy the situation.

Since 2013, KISR has been carrying out the project on biodiversity and the distribution of animal organisms in Kuwait’s tidal areas, Executive Director of KISR’s Environment and Life Sciences Research Centre, Dr. Faiza Al-Yamani told the workshop.

The workshop aims to review the outcome and the recommendations of the project, Al-Yamani told the event, on behalf of KISR’s Director General, Dr. Samira Omar.

Kuwait’s coast, extending over 500 kilometres from north to south, is home to rich and unique biodiversity which plays an important role for environmental integration and balance, in this distinct sea environment, she said.

The project data sheds light on the hard efforts exerted by Kuwaiti researchers, experts, and technicians, as well as, international consultants, which will be of great benefit to government bodies, when drawing up national plans for the preservation of natural resources in Kuwait, Al-Yamani, noted.

Since the Regional Organisation for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) was established, it has been keen on organising and supporting such projects in the region, especially in Kuwait, ROPME Executive Secretary, Abdulrahman Al-Awadhi said.– NNN-KUNA

Source: NAM News Network