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MoE holds workshop on marine environment.

MOHAMED KHOULAIDI DOHA THE Ministry of Environment, represented by the environmental assessment department, organised a workshop on Wednesday. The workshop's main objective was to highlight the integrated solutions to preserve coastal and marine environment.

A large number of experts took part in the workshop which was held in cooperation with DHI International Foundation.

DHI is an independent, global consulting and research organisation.

It is specialised in advancing technological development and competence in the fields of water, environment and health.

The workshop focused on integrated solutions for coastal and marine projects, in collaboration with DHI, represented by Dr Muawieh Radaideh, managing director of DHI Middle East. Experts from the foundation's branches in Denmark and Singapore -- Dr Ida Broker, Matthew Jury, Karen Town and Andersensen took part in the event.

Andersensen is the current president of the organisation concerned with the development of techniques of advanced software in the areas of water in all environments -- land, sea, surface water, groundwater, drinking water and waste water. The foundation possesses branches in more than 30 countries. It was founded in 1964.

The workshop was launched by Ahmed Mohammed al Sada, director of environmental assessment department at the ministry of environment.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed al Sada said, "The marine environment is continuously exposed to pressures resulting from the accelerated growth in the industrial development projects or growth associated with the infrastructure which sometimes affects the coastline." "The ministry of environment believes in the importance of contributing to the economic growth of the state while preserving the marine resources so as to achieve a sustainable development in line with the Qatar 2030 vision," he added.

Regarding the workshop, Ahmed al Sada said, "The ministry organised this workshop for integrated solutions on the coastal areas and discuss the tools used to protect the marine environment. This is part of the ministry's plan to promote the standard of technical researchers in the environment sector in order to enable them to acquire experience and skills needed in the management of coastal and sustainable development of the seaside. This aspect was fulfilled through lectures and scientific discussions with experts. The event also enabled them to know more about the models of monitoring systems of the marine environment and to reduce the impacts of development projects on the environment." The main topics on which the experts and officials deliberated include integrated management of coastal and marine projects, taking benefit from expertise from Singapore and Denmark in the domain of monitoring the marine environment and precautionary measures to preserve the marine environment.

The workshop's activities were attended by a number of specialists from ministry of environment departments such as the environmental assessment department, the environmental monitoring department, the environmental protection department, and the project and the expert unit from the Minister of Environment's office.

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Date:Apr 6, 2012
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