Several leading Qatari stakeholders have committed to establishing a network that collectively enhances the culture of research, science, and sustainability through active public engagement.
As a contribution to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Research Strategy, QSN will promote collaborations among the research and academic community, as well as NGOs to become a leader in sustainable development and research. The network aims to inspire, inform, empower, and educate to improve the quality of life for future generations in Qatar. QSN aims to become an active platform for the advancement of the science-based sustainability agenda in Qatar and beyond.
During COP18, QSN will be the focal point for Arab non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and it will actively lobby and give advice on the global climate change debate.
Dr. Rabi Mohtar, Director of the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) said: “This new initiative highlights the importance of conservation and sustainability in Qatar.It also encourages collaborations and increased awareness about the crucial role of outreach among the community through the dissemination of science-based information.”
H.E. Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya Executive Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme and Chairman of the Organising Sub-Committee for COP18/CMP8 Doha stated: “We are delighted that Qatar is at the forefront of sustainability outreach plans in the region. This new initiative will demonstrate the country’s commitment to leading a sustained quality of life for future generations and advance the culture of research in Qatar with its international partners.”
To reflect the joint efforts from multiple institutions, the interim management board of QSN consists of representatives from Doha Oasis, ECO-Q, the Ministry of Environment, Qatar National Food Security Program, QScience, QEERI, and Sustainable Qatar.
The representatives are Noor Al Thani, Qasim Radaideh, Fatma Al Manai, Andrew Armentano, Arend Küster, Nadia Amar Aboul Hosn, and Dr. Peter Bowman.
To further improve an understanding of environmental and energy-related issues, QSN will foster science-based knowledge to develop better policy-making, increase awareness through education programs, publish white papers and engage in community-based programs.
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