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Qatar launches network to enhance research

NGO is part of commitment to environment, dissemination of science-based information

  • By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 14:04 October 25, 2012
  • Gulf News

Manama: A network to enhance the culture of research, science, and sustainability through active public engagement has been launched in Qatar.

The Qatar Sustainability Network (QSN) aims to inspire, inform, empower, and educate to improve the quality of life for future generations in Qatar and aims to become an active platform for the advancement of the science-based sustainability agenda in Qatar and beyond.

Officials said that the NGO, as part of Qatar’s investment and commitment to the environment, would also promote collaboration among the research and academic community.

“This new initiative highlights the importance of conservation and sustainability in Qatar,” Rabi Mohtar, Director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, said. “It also encourages collaborations and increased awareness about the crucial role of outreach among the community through the dissemination of science-based information.”

QSN will foster science-based knowledge to develop better policymaking, increase awareness through education programmes, publish white papers and engage in community-based programmes, officials said in a statement emailed to Gulf News.

The interim management board consists of representatives from Doha Oasis, ECO-Q, the Ministry of Environment, Qatar National Food Security Programme, QScience, Qeeri, and Sustainable Qatar.

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