Posted on February 22, 2017

Ford Motor Company today handed over US$15,000 grant towards a green mangroves project in Qatar as part of the 2016 Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants initiative.

The recipient from Qatar, Lina Al Tarawneh for her project entitled “Green Mangroves,” was handed her grant by Ford’s regional sales manager Ramzy Hadi and Ian Partridge - General Manager, Almana Motors together with Dr. Aurora M. de Castilla, the initiative’s juror in Qatar and Principal Investigator, Acting Research Director, Environmental & Chemical Sciences Group for Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute.

Apart from Qatar, the latest recipients of Ford’s Conservation and Environmental Grants were successful applicants from Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia with a total of $120,000 made available. “Green Mangroves” will use the grant for hands-on learning through free weekly kayak trips to Purple Island, where expeditions catering to schoolchildren and individuals, will help raise awareness, and inevitably save the mangroves in the Alkhor region.

Now running for 16 years, Ford Grants has become one of the largest corporate initiatives of its kind in the region, created to empower individuals and non-profit groups that are donating their time and efforts to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities. The initiative has received support and recognition from various governmental and non-governmental environmental authorities from around the Middle East, including the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Emirates Wildlife Society, the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) and UNESCO Doha.