Posted on June 05, 2015

The Ministry of Environment is celebrating the World Environment Day, observed every year on June 5, said Gulf Times. This year’s celebration is held under the theme ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’. 

The theme for 2015 is how the well-being of humanity, the environment and economies ultimately depends on the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide. As part of celebrations marking the day, HE the Minister of Environment Ahmed Amer Mohamed al-Humaidi and HE Group Chairman of Al-Faisal Holding Sheikh Faisal bin Qassem al-Thani opened yesterday at City Centre the exhibition ‘Life in Arkiya’ 

HE the Minister and Sheikh Faisal bin Qassem toured the various pavilions of the exhibition which display nearly 120 photographs of rare birds and animals in the Qatari national reserve of Arkiya. Regional Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) Dr Anna Paolini, Chief Commercial Officer at Oryx GTL Mohamed al-Mushiri and a number of ministry officials attended the opening ceremony. HE the Minister of Environment said under the leadership of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the State of Qatar is taking care for environment protection and preservation of natural resources’ storage. 

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He told reporters that Qatar was one of the most important sites for migratory birds, noting that the Ministry of Environment maintains continuous co-operation with international and regional organisations and concluded agreements to this effect with the UN and other organisations in environment protection, stressing that the State of Qatar makes great efforts to maintain environment and bio-diversity in the country. It also focuses on the preservation of natural resource and have many awareness programmes to this effect.

For his part, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassem lauded the Ministry of Environment for its work to preserve Qatar’s natural resources. Such exhibitions reiterate the ministry’s work to spread awareness on Qatar’s rare birds and animals, he said. A number of Qatar’s reserves are included in World Heritage Sites, he said and urged people to preserve the environment as our forefathers did at a time when laws on preserving environment did not exist. 

Celebrations to mark the World Environment Day are scheduled today at the Laguna Mall where the Ministry of Environment, in co-operation with the UN Environment Programme, has organised activities, including signing a pledge by citizens and residents to preserve Qatar’s environment and natural resources.