Archive for May, 2010

Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi – About Us

May 23, 2010

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) is a governmental agency that was established in 1996. We are committed to protecting and managing biodiversity, providing a clean environment and promoting Sustainable Development in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

We are also committed to giving environmental protection, regulation and natural resources conservation a high priority on the national agenda. We provide a direction for Government, business and the community to build environmental considerations into the way they plan and live without compromising Abu Dhabi development. In 2008, EAD was awarded ISO 9001 for Quality; ISO 14001 for Environment and ISO 18001 for Health and Safety.

This piece is taken from the website of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi.

See on-line at: http://www.ead.ae/en/en-us/about.us.aspx

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Eco Campaigns: Birds of Prey

May 18, 2010

Illegal hunting and selling of migratory birds as pets is practiced in Kuwait especially during the winter and spring seasons. Most of the birds that are hunted are migratory birds of prey that fly as far as Russia to Kuwait and other countries in the region. Hunting guns and traps are used to shoot and hunt the birds. Most of the birds are shot for fun and rarely live. The ones trapped are mainly sold illegally at the Birds Market.

At ECO Environmental Consultants Firm we started a protection project with specific objectives. The first objective was to make decision-makers aware of the problem and urge them to take actions. The second objective was to fully understand the methods of hunting and trapping in order to prevent the selling of them. The third objective was to urge hunters not to hunt the birds. Finally the last objective was temporary to buy the birds from the Birds Market and to free them.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/compaigns-bird.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Eco Campaigns: Reef Rescue

May 18, 2010

Kuwait’s southern islands (Kubar, Qaruh and Um Al-Maradem) and their coral reefs ecosystems are facing significant environmental problems. Coastal erosion, metal debris from decommissioning piers, illegal fishing practices and unsustainable diving practices are major problems around these islands. At Eco Environmental Consultants Firm we initiated a campaign to remove all types of metal debris from the southern marine areas of Kuwait. With the full support of NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) representative in the Middle East Mr. Ala Eldein A. Ali two small campaigns were started in 1998 to remove debris from the bottom of Al-Khiran Resort Marina and Donkey Reef.

In June and August 1999 a massive campaign was organized to remove metal debris from Um Al-Maradem and Qaruh islands. Under the title of “Reef Rescue Campaign” an organizing committee was formulated. The committee members were:

Mr. Ala Eldein Ali representing both NAUI and Al-Boom Marine Company.
Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet representing Eco Environmental Consultants Firm.
Mr. Waleed Al-Fadel representing Kuwait Diving Team.
Mr. Ahmad Al-Hazeem representing Ministry of Health.
Mr. Shaker Al-Hazeem, a coral expert, representing Eco.
Mr. Fahad Al-Sumait representing Equate Petrochemical Company (a joint venture between Union Carbide and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company).
Miss Mintaha Al-Bagdadi representing Equate Petrochemical Company.

Many governmental and private establishments joined the campaigns. These include Kuwait’s Fire Brigade, Gulf Stainless Steel Company, Al-Mojel Travel and Tour Company, Dania Caned Food Company and Americana Food Company. Both Um Al-Maradem and Qaruh islands reef rescue campaigns were very successful. The estimated metal debris removed was 40 ton. The organizing committee is organizing in July-August 2000 the third and last stage of the campaign, that is, to remove the metal debris from Kubar Island.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/compaigns-reef-rescue.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Eco Campaigns: Asbestos Removal from Al Salam Beach

May 18, 2010

In June 1999 while surveying Al-Salam Beach (Translated in Arabic as the Peaceful Beach) located at the southern sandy beaches of Kuwait Bay ECO found massive quantities of Asbestos pipes and fragments on the beach. Families were setting beside them and children were play on them. The pipes were confirmed by ECO as asbestos pipes. And to confirm it a sample was taken and sent to UK for analysis in an accredited lab.

The analysis confirmed the presence of blue asbestos fibers in massive quantities. Kuwait’s EPA was contacted in order to deal with the situation and to remove the pipes. In August 1999 a special task force was formulated by the EPA and included EPA staff headed by Dr. Muhammad Al-Sar’awi the general director and president of the EPA council, Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet the general manager of ECO-Environmental Consultants Firm, Kuwait Diving Team, Ministry of Interior, Kuwait’s Fire Brigade, Ministry of Health and Kuwait Municipality.

A plan was formulated and within 3 days the whole asbestos pipes were removed. In ECO we care for the environment and the people. This is one of our services that we provide free for the community.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/compaigns-Absestos-Removal.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Eco Campaigns: Um Al-Namel Island

May 18, 2010

Concise history of the area

The Portuguese dominated the Arabian Gulf during the sixteenth century. They realized the strategic importance of Kuwait and built a small fort on a small Island in Kuwait Bay. The Island has two names. An old one known as Al-Qurain and a contemporary one, the small Island of Al-Shuwaikh. A near by Island, north west of the Al-Qurain Island, exists and it is known as Umm Al-Namel Island. The early settlers who settled in Kuwait traveled around Kuwait Bay and finally settled around its southern part. The population grew from 10,000 as recorded by the Danish navigator Carsten Nie Buhr in 1765 to 2,142,600 in 1990.

Umm Al-Namel Island, translated in Arabic as the mother of ant Island, is situated within Kuwait Bay. The bay is a semi-closed and relatively shallow body of water located in the northern part of the state of Kuwait. It has a maximum length of 45 km and is 22 km wide at its entrance. The bay is ecologically and commercially important. It contains diverse habitats such as sandy, muddy, rocky and oyster bank reefs. On these habitats a wide range of marine organisms exists such as interidal macrofauna e.g. mollusks, bivalves, crabs and worms. Its sub-tidal areas contain shrimps and fishes. A community of marine birds, migratory and settlers feeds on the intertidal flat’s macrofauna. The bay houses another ex-Island, Al-Qurain Island or the small Island of Al-Shuwaikh. The Island was attached to Shuwaikh port during its extension and does not exist any more. The bay, also, houses two small bays known as Sulaibihkat and Khadma bays. The bay is under continues stress due to pollution such as land reclamation and sewage discharge.

Geomorphology of the area

Kuwait bay can be divided into two geomorphologic areas. The first is the northern area. It is characterized by flat bottom topography and an intertidal flat covered mainly by muddy sediments. This area extends from Ras Al-Subiya to Sulaibikhat. The second is the southern area. It extends from Shuwaikh harbour to Ras Al-Ard in Salmiya. It is characterized by a steep and narrow intertidal zone covered mainly by sandy deposits. Umm Al-Namel Island has mainly two types of coasts, sandy and rocky. The whole cost of the Island is sandy. However, it becomes rocky at the end part of its southern coast and continues till reaching the middle of the Island’s northern part. The Beach rocks are of two types in term of colour. The first are black whilst the second are grey to white in colour. These rocks are mainly layers of sediments lithified by calcareous cement and underlain by unconsolidated sand reef from oyster bank of the bivalve Saccostrea cucculata. The beach rocks discontinue in the middle of the northern part of the Island and become sandy again. The whole southern intertidal flat of the Island is mainly covered by the bivalve S. cucculata. However, other intertidal flats around the Island are mainly muddy and are inhabited by different types of bivalves such as Solen vagina, and a mollusk known as Cerithdea cingulata, mud skippers and crabs. Several “Hadras” exist. These are fish traps licensed by the government and built by fishermen. Also, several chalets were erected on the Island by the fishermen. Domestic animals such as pigeons, chicken, goats and lambs, are brought and raised on the Island by the these fishermen. Several unlicensed chalets, demolished by Kuwait Municipality, can be seen on different parts of the Island.

Why is the campaign?

The campaign is carried-out to clean Umm Al-Namel Island from waste being dumped in the Island from various sources. For example, fishing lines and nets, robes, plastic oil containers, wood boards, barrels, tyres, radio batteries, foods refuse, scraped cars, water tanks and Iraqi left over non-military waste can be seen on the Island’s coast. The origin of such waste is mainly from the following sources:

Waste from the near by fishing village of Al-Doha where thousand of fishermen utilize the area as a harbour and residence. Part of the village waste is thrown to the sea. Water movement tends to transport the waste mainly to the southern part of the Island.

Waste from fishermen who fish in the near by waters. They tend to through their waste into the sea and then it is washed a way to the shores of the Island.

Waste from fishermen who are settled in the Island and tend to through their waste on the shores of the Island.

Waste from irresponsible people towing, for fun, scrap cars into the Island and then leaves them.

The main objective of the campaign is to remove as much waste as possible from the Island. About 200 Kuwaiti and non Kuwaiti volunteers are needed to achieve the objective of the campaign.

The plan of work

Umm Al-Namel Island can be crossed through walking or by cars, at low tide, from Ras Usahrij coast at Al-Doha area. The intertidal flat environment, the area between the low and high tide levels, is dominant in the bivalve Saccostrea cucculata. The area will be crossed through a predetermined path to prevent any damages to the habitat and the marine organisms living on these habitats. The Island will be divided into 5 parts. Northern, southern eastern and western and central sections. Each section will be assigned to remove the light waste that extensively can be found such as empty plastic cans and bottles, robes, nets and wood panels. If heavy machinery will be available, heavy waste like scraped cars and water tanks will be removed. Each group will be headed by a volunteer who knows the area. He will carry a mobile phone to have a contact with other groups. Waste will be collected and deposited in refuse bags and will be carried to a collection site.

Who organized this campaign

The first campaign was organized in November 1998 jointly between Ali Muhammad Khuraibet, Mr. Ala Eldein Al. Ali NAUI representative in the Middle East. The second campaign was organized in April 2000 by NAUI Middle East for the protection of the Marine Environment. The members of this committee are:
Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet, Eco.
Mr. Ala Eldein A. Ali, NAUI and Al-Boom Marine Company.
Mr. Shaker Al-Hazzem, Eco.
Mr. Ahmad Al-Hazzem, Ministry of Health.
Mr. Fahad Al-Sumait and Miss Muntaha Al-Bagdadi, Equate Petrochemical Company.

The campaign was fully supported by Al-Wataniya Telecommunication Company and about 250 participants participated in the second campaign.

Who can join and requirements

Any adult male or female Kuwaiti or non Kuwait over 16 years old is welcomed to join the campaign under the condition that all will be committed to clean the Island. Please bring the following:
Heavy duty boot that will stand moving on sand and the bivalve S. Cucculatta because it has sharp edges.
Heavy duty gloves to prevent any hand injury while removing waste.
Heavy duty waste bags. The organizers have a limited supply.
Your own food and water.

The advantages in joining the campaign

Participants will receive an authentic certificate of appreciation from the organizing committee and from the National Association of Under water Instructors (NAUI) signed by their middle east representative.

Caring for the environment. The environment around the world should be every concerned citizen case, in order to sustain natural resources and their use for present and future generations.

Having the chance to see the Island and know its habitat and the marine organisms that live on its intertidal flat.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/compaigns-um-al-namel.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Founder

May 18, 2010

Before founding Eco Environmental Consultants we were, as individuals, heavily involved in community services and strong believers in peace, ethics and good conduct. The beginning started during university days and fully developed during the Iraqi regime invasion of Kuwait on the 2nd of August 1990. During our stay in occupied Kuwait we were part of an independent voluntary group who provided items of need to the people, worked in food factories to produce caned food and distributed money to the people who did not have any. Directly, after Kuwait’s liberation we with other environmental colleagues, formed the Kuwait Environmental Action Team (KEAT). The team members worked day and night inside Kuwait’s oil fields to assess the situation and to give a feed back to the people, government and government establishments. We met H.H. the Amir of Kuwait and H.H. the Crown Prince of Kuwait in order to advocate the need to protect the people’s health from pollution and to protect our devastated environment. The oil wells fire was a unique catastrophe that was never experienced before and never recorded in human beings history.

Later on when we decided to form an environmental consultation company the first things that came to our minds is that community services should be continued and to be part of our work. This is why our motto read “Environment and Community Onward”. We believe that we can not establish a sustainable society without having ethics and harmony between ourselves and the environment. We in Eco are against any type of unethical conduct in any form. We, also, decided that the issue of credibility would continue as before and forever as there is no compromise in this issue. At the same time we decided that our clients should receive the same attention we are giving to the community. Therefore, we are offering them top quality of work engulfed in confidentiality. We are providing our clients a solid 15 years of experience in environmental aspects based on educational background, research and involvement in projects.

This is why Eco Environmental Consultants became, and it will continue to be a very well respected firm in the community. We publish our highly acclaimed reports including the half annually Kuwait Environment Status Report in the prestigious Al-Qabas Daily Newspaper. We were requested by the Kuwait’s National Assembly, Foreign Affairs Committee, to give a presentation in their International Conference on Kuwait-Iraq Future Relationship with regard to the impacts of Iraq’s Third River on Kuwait’s marine environment.

Eco Environmental Consultants is a private company with a different attitude. For example, we donate 2.5% from our net profit to good humanitarian and environmental causes whether in Kuwait or in the world. We donated to refugees and initiated environmental campaigns i.e. asbestos removal, Kestrels and Reef Rescue.

These words are in fact express my personal thoughts and at the same time reflects Eco personality. I hope that you will enjoy surfing the site and I am very much interested to have your feed back.

Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet

In February 1999 Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet, a keen environmentalist, founded Eco. It is the first environmental consultant firm in the State of Kuwait. The vision of the founder was to formulate a firm that takes care of the environment and the people, be very credible and to provide top quality environmental services.

The following is the CV of the founder:

Educational background
Employment and official appointments
Official missions
Seminars, conferences, workshops and research work
Publications
Research Interest
Voluntary work, special training and Awards
Organization of conferences
Member and affiliated
Environmental Campaigns
General aspects

Educational Background

1983: B.Sc. Faculty of Science, Kuwait University. Major: Zoology. – Minor: Political Science.

1987: M.Sc. University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Thesis title:- “Environmental Impact Assessment in Kuwait: The potential Role of Base Line Data in Minimizing Adverse impacts of development on Kuwait Bay”. ·

1990: Ph.D. University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Thesis title: “Towards Achieving Sustainable Development in Kuwait: The Potential Role of Environmental Impact Assessment at the Project and Policy levels”. ·

1997: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Worked on seven research papers related:
– Indoor noise Assessment in Kuwait.
– Waste management and EIA.
– Sustainable development in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
– Contaminated soil assessment in Kuwait.
– Environmental Impact Assessment.
– A comparative sustainable study: Kuwait, Japan and Nigeria.
– A survey of food additives in Kuwait.

Employment and official appointments

February 1984-September, 1991: Assistant Researcher at Environmental and Earth Sciences Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. ·
August 1989: Listed in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Directory of Environmental Experts as an Environmental Expert in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment.

October 1991-Present: Associate Professor at the Environmental Health Department, College of Health Sciences. Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). Teaching Environmental Science, Marine Environment, Oceanography, Occupational Health and Hotel Services courses.

September 1992: Appointed by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Ameri Diwan, Department of Research to participate in the Kuwaiti Ph.D. holders Committees. Participated actively in the Environment Protection Committee.

September 1992-1995: Head of the Environmental Health Department, College of Health Sciences (PAAET).

August 1992-June 1993-: Head of Kuwait’s POWs, still detained in Iraq, Tracing Committee at the National Committee for Missing and POW’s Affairs (NCMPA). Also, acting Manager of the NCMPA.

November 1993: Selected by Kuwait Environment Protection Society to review and comment on a draft book on “Biodiversity”.

December 1994-March 1995: Adviser to His Excellency Shaikh Salem Al-Sabah president of the NCMPA. Resigned from NCMPA on March 1995.

July 1994: Appointed by the President of the NCMPA to work with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Kuwait to reply on Iraq’s remarks on Kuwait POW’s tracing Requests.

1995: Selected by Kuwait’s Protection Council (EPC), replaced now by EPA, to be the president of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee. The committee, with other committees, was formulated by the Environment Protection Council in order to formulate Kuwait’s Bio-diversity Strategy.

January 6-7-1997: Selected by Kuwait’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to participate in the National Workshop for Kuwait’s Biodiversity Strategy, held in the College of Health Sciences, Kuwait.

1997: Selected by Kuwait Municipality to deal with problems associated with the operation of a compost plant at Um Ghara area, Kuwait.

1998-present: Member of Kuwait’s Municipality committee that was formulated by its Environmental Affairs Department to establish a waste management strategy for Kuwait.

June 1998-May 1999: Selected by Kuwait’s Environment Public Authority (EPA) to be the president of the Environmental Impact Assessment Committee. The committee was formulated to be responsible in revising the old 9/90 law and to establish a new Environmental Impact Assessment law and procedures for the State of Kuwait. The members of the committee were representing the EPA, Kuwait’s private sector, Kuwait University and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

May 1999: Invited by Kuwait’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to give a joint lecture with the Director General and President of the EPA Council in celebration of the International Earth Day.

Official missions

From 6-24 January, 1984: Member of a scientific team that visited the Environmental Science and Engineering company at Gainsville, Florida, USA -to train in statistical analysis of bio-data.

October 23-30, 1988: Attended the ” Advanced Policy Workshop on Environmental Management and Impact Assessment: Implementation Requirements”, held in Crete, Greece.

From 13-17 March 1989 & 1996: Visited Sultanate of Oman, Ministry of the Environment to study their environmental organization, solid and waste water management policies and Oman’s environmental law. ·

May 1993: A delegate member of Kuwait government mission to attend the United Nations conference on Human rights, held in Thailand.

MAY 1993: A delegate member of Kuwait government mission to the NGOs Human Rights Conference, held in Cairo, Egypt.

June 1993: A delegate member of Kuwait government mission to the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Held in Geneva, Switzerland.

June 1993: A delegate member of Kuwait government mission to the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Held in Austria.

February 1994: Official mission to Amnesty International, London, UK, representing the NCMPA.

11 March 1994: Official mission to Human Rights Watch Organization, New York, USA, representing the NCMPA.

March 1994: Official mission to Amnesty International, London, UK, representing the NCMPA.

April 1994: Official visit with His Excellency Shaikh Salim Al-Sabah to Senegal to meet his Excellency Abdu-Duof the president of Senegal.

April 1994: Official visit with His Excellency Shaikh Salim Al-Sabah to His Eminent the Archbishop of Canterbury London, UK.

13 May 1994: Official mission to the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, Montreal, Canada, representing the NCMPA.

24-26 April 1998: A member of a delegate of a Non Governmental Organization of POW’s families that visited His Highness the Amir of the State of Qatar in relation to Kuwait POW’s
issue.

August 1999: Visited and conducted a detailed environmental survey at The Saudi Environmental Projects Company (SEPCO) facility for infectious waste treatment by using microwave technology.

February 2000: Visited and conducted an environmental survey at SANITEC INC. assembly plant in New Jersey, USA. And also two hospitals that uses microwave technology to disinfect infectious waste. Also, participated in negotiations with SANITEC in behalf of the First Kuwaiti Environmental Projects Company (FKEPCO) in issues related to bio-hazardous medical waste treatment unit and its efficiency in treating such waste.

Seminars, conferences, workshops and research work

April 1983-1985: One of the associate authors in a massive research carried out at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research for Kuwait’s Environment protection Authority (EPA). The research title: “Environmental Assessment of the Intertidal Zones of Kuwait”. The study was conducted in two years and a survey was conducted for all Kuwait’s coastal areas. The tasks worked in include water and sediments sampling, macrofauna sampling and classification and cursing a hovercraft and a 22 f boat.

July 1984: Presented a paper at the 6th international seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment and Management, held at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Paper title: “The Potential Role of EIA in the Assessment of Intertidal Zones of Kuwait”.

July 1989: Presented a paper at the 10th international seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment and Management, held at Aberdeen University, Scotland. Paper title: “Decision Making, Policy Formation and EIA”.

August 1991: Presented a paper at Harvard University conference on Kuwait Oil Well Fires, Boston, USA. Paper title: -“The Potential Role of EIA in Minimizing the Health and Sociol- economic Impacts Associated with the torched wells”.

November 1991: Project leader of a research at Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait. The research title: -“Rabid Environmental Impact Assessment for Impacts Associated with Kuwait’s oil wells fire”.

November 1991: Presented a paper at the Ministry of Health conference on the Environmental Impacts Associated with the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, Held in Kuwait. Paper title: “The Impacts of the Iraqi left over ammunitions and mines in Kuwait”.

December 1991: Represented State of Kuwait at the United Nations Environmental Programme meeting on Environmental Education, held at the state of Bahrain. Presented a paper entiltled: “Environmental Education in the State of Kuwait”.

July 1992: Presented a paper at the 13 International Seminar on Environmental Impact Assessment and Management, held at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Paper title: “The Environmental and Socio-economic Impacts Associated with the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait”. ·

June 1993: Presented a paper at Kuwait University conference on Environment and Development. Paper title: “Environment and Development”.

June 1993: Presented a paper at the Social Development Office conference on the Psychological Impacts Associated with the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait, the Ameri Diwan, Kuwait. Paper title: -“The psychological impacts of POW’s families as a result of the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait”.

August 1992: Principal author of the following research: “Preliminary Assessment of Crude oil and Soil Nutrients on Kuwait Oil Fields”.

July 1995: Presented a paper at the annual extensive training course on Environmental Impact Assessment and Management, held at University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Paper title: “Development and Sustainable Development, Concepts and Implications”.

September 18-19, 1995: Completed a short course on “Incineration of Municipal Waste with Energy Recovery”, held by The Environment Centtttre, Department of Fuel and Energy, University of Leeds, UK.

May 1995: Presented five lectures in Environmental Management and Environmental Impact Assessment training course for the staff of Kuwait Municipality.

April 1996: Presented a paper at Kuwait Environmental Protection Society on the Rehabilitation of the Environment. Paper Title: “Environmental Rehabilitation Strategies for Kuwait Bay”.

May 1996: Presented a paper at Kuwait Science Club conference of The Importance of Conservation Areas. Paper title: “Environmental Impact Assessment: Its role in the selection of conservation areas”.

November 17-19, 1997: Participated in the International Conference on the Long Term Effects of the Gulf War and presented a paper entitled: ” Health Impacts of Wars: a comparative study between Vietnam and the Gulf”. The conference was organized by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait.

April 1998: Presented a paper at the International Research Conference on Sustainable development, Leeds University, UK. Paper title: “A vision towards sustainable development: third word country’s experience”.

December 1998: Attended a 5 day course on: “Communication Skills” The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait organized this Course.

February 1998: Attended a workshop on: “The Role of Risk Assessment in Environmental Decision-Making” The workshop was organized by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Kuwait.

April 1998: Attended a 5 day course on: “Leadership Skills” The course organized by the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait.

July 1998: Wrote a preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment statement for a private company that is going to construct a “Sea Life Centre” at Al-Salmiya area, Kuwait. ·

November 1998: Attended a workshop on: “Oil Pollution in the Marine Environment”. The workshop was organized by the Environment Protection Authority, the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment, the Gulf Cooperation Council and the European Union. The workshop was held in the state of Kuwait.

December 1998: Attended the joint Japan-Gulf Cooperation Council Symposium on: “The application of new technologies in desert greenery and soil reclamation”. The symposium was organized by Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Petroleum Energy Centre of Japan.

November 18, 1998: Selected by Kuwait’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to participate in the first phase discussion of Kuwait’s Biodiversity Strategy.

March 1999: Presented a paper at the International Research Conference on Sustainable development, Leeds University, UK. Paper title: “Obstacles in achieving sustainable development: Nigeria as a case study”.

March 1999: Presented a paper at the Impact of Pollution on Development in the Gulf Region Conference. The conference was organized by the Environmental Public Authority, Kuwait. Paper title “Environmental methods for achieving sustainable development, EIA application at the project, policy and strategic levels”.

April 1999: Participated at a workshop entitled “Petrochemicals technology and future outlook”. The workshop was organized by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences and the Arab School on Science and Technology.

May 1999: Presenter of two papers at the Eco-Tourism seminar. The papers were: – “EIA and Eco-Tourism”. – “Environment, Economy and Development”. The seminar was funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement, Environmental Public Authority and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.

May 1999, 1987 and 1987: Requested by the Arab Planning Institute Administration to present 7 lectures on their two week environmental training course on “Environmental Policies”. The lectures were related to Environmental Impact Assessment, waste management, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), environmental economy, environmental planning, Environmental Impact Analysis and policy analysis.

May 1999: Wrote a report on the unsustainable hunting of migratory birds of prey, Kestrels, migrating to Kuwait during the spring season.

May 1999: Principal investigator for conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment study for a proposed construction waste recycling project in Kuwait.

June 1999: Principal investigator for conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment study for a medical waste treatment facility that uses microwave technology to disinfect bio- hazardous waste in Kuwait.

June 1999: Conducted a survey on asbestos dumping on selected beaches in the southern zone of Kuwait Bay, Al-Salam Beach.

July 1999-present: Preparing two books on the natural history of Um Al-Namel Island and Um Al-Maradem Island at the state of Kuwait.

July 1999: Prepared a proposal of a recycling programme for a glass manufacturing company in Kuwait.

August 1999: Main principal investigator in writing a preliminary base line study for a proposed reverse osmosis facility in Kuwait.

August 1999: Principal investigator for a study entitled ” A preliminary indoor air quality assessment for labs in Shuaiba Industrial Area”.

September-October 1999: Appointed by Kuwait’s EPA to be a member of the Fish Kill Committee and also selected as a member of the team to meet His Excellency the first deputy and the cabinet ministers regarding the Fish Kill and Red Tide phenomena that occurred in Kuwait in September 1999.

November 1999: Attended a workshop on “Ground water pollution” at the state of Qatar. The workshop was organized by the University of Qatar and the Arab School for Science and Technology.

January 2000: Selected by the Kuwait’s EPA to assess and provide comments for an EIA study related to the construction of oil pier and associated topside facilities by Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The EIA study was conducted by Mouchel TEP JV Company for the KNPC.

March 2000: Attended the First International Symposium on Harmful Algae Bloom, held in Kuwait between 6-8/3/2000. The symposium was organized by Kuwait’s EPA, the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) and UNEP.

March 2000: Appointed by the United Nations Environmental Programme office in State of Bahrain to evaluate papers presented by researchers from Bahrain Scientific and Research Centre and Bahrain’s Directorate of Fisheries Resources related to Artificial reefs Construction. Also Presented a paper entitled: ” Artificial reefs: Friend or Foe” The workshop was organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Bahrain and Bahrain’s Environment Protection Department.

March 2000: presented a paper titled : “Threats to biodiversity in Kuwait: three case studies” The Paper presented at the International Conference on the Conservation of Biodiversity in the Arid regions, organized by the Environment Public Authority, UNEP, Kuwait University and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.

April 2000: Participated at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, held at the University of Leeds from 13-14 April 2000, UK. Paper title: “EIA as a tool to achieve sustainable development: technology assessment as a case study”.

April 2000: Selected by The Arab Planning Institute (Formed by an Agreement between Kuwait and the Arab League) to present 5 lectures in their “Environmental Policies Program” in the period 23-24/4/2000. The lectures were related to Environment and Sustainable Development, Obstacles in Achieving Sustainable Development in the Third World Countries, Policy Analysis, International Environmental Problems and Methods of Environmental Protection.

May 2000: Selected by The Arab Planning Institute (Formed by an Agreement between Kuwait and the Arab League) to present 2 lectures in their “Environmental Assessment Program” in the period 6 and 9/5/2000. The lectures were related to General Concepts used in Environmental Assessment and General Concepts in evaluating Environmental Pollution and its Impacts.

May 2000: Selected by both the Foreign Affairs Committee at Kuwait’s National Assembly and Kuwait’s University Center for Futuristic and Strategic Studies to participate and present a paper in their International Conference on “The Future Vision of Relationship Between Iraq and Kuwait”. The title of the paper was: “The Environmental Impacts associated with the Drainage of Iraq’s Marshlands on Kuwait Northern Marine Environment”.

Publications

Khuraibet, A. (1991) Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment of Kuwait’s Oil wells fires. Research project no. EES 1, Environmental and Earth Sciences Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.

Al-Bakri D., Behbahani M. and Khuraibet A. (1996) Quantitative Assessment of the intertidal environment of Kuwait: Integrated Environmental Classification. Published in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Al-Bakri D., Khuraibet A. and Behbahani M. (1996). Quantitative Assessment of the intertidal environment of Kuwait II: Controlling Factors. Published in the Journal of Environmental Management.

Khuraibet A. (1996) Environmental Impact Assessment and Policy Analysis. Paper published in the proceedings of the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, ERP Environment, Leeds University, UK.

Khuraibet A. and Al-Attar F. (1997) Sustainable Development in the Arabian Gulf States: coercion and solutions. Published in the International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, Vol. 4, pp. 66-178. Parthenon Publication Company.

Khuraibet, A. (1997) The potential role of policy impact Assessment in formulating sound solid waste management policy for Kuwait. To be published in the proceedings of the Arab School on Science & Technology Workshop on Solid Waste Management, held in Kuwait 15-19 November 1997, Kuwait. – Khuraibet A. (1997) Obstacles in achieving sustainable development: Nigeria and Kuwait as case studies.

Khuraibet A., Fatin Al-Attar and Dawad A. (1999). Preliminary Assessment of the effect of oil spillage on some chemical properties of soils in Kuwait. In Assessment and remediation of oil contaminated soils. Ed. Kostecki P. and Behbehani M. (1999) pp. 75-90.

Khuraibet, A. (1998) “A vision towards sustainable development: third word country’s experience”. Paper published in the proceedings of the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, ERP Environment, Leeds University, UK.

Khuraibet, A. (1999) “Obstacles in achieving sustainable development: Nigeria as a case study”. Paper published in the proceedings of the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, ERP Environment, Leeds University, UK.

Khuraibet A. (2000) Nine Years after the invasion of Kuwait. Paper published in The Environmentalist Journal.

Khuraibet A. and Al-Attar F. (2000) Assessment of indoor noise pollution in Kuwait. To be published in The Environmentalist Journal.

Research Interest

Environmental Impact Assessment for development projects, activities and environmental technology assessment.
Environmental Policy Analysis.
Waste management.
Marine environment both coastal and offshore.
Marine macrofauna classification.
Sustainable Development.
Electromagnetic fields.
Land-use planning.
Biodiversity.

Voluntary work, special training and Awards

March 1991: Joined and worked with Kuwait Society to Defend War Victims, directly after Kuwait Liberation.

April 1991: Received a “Letter of Appreciation” from the National Canned Food Production and Trading Company in Kuwait for voluntary working in the company on the production line and distributing food to people in need during the Iraqi Invasion of Kuwait.

March-November 1991: Head of the Media and International Communication Committee at Kuwait Environmental Action team. The team made of Kuwaiti environmental experts who worked voluntary at all torched oil fields areas in Kuwait.

December 1991-December 1992: President of Kuwait Environmental Action Team. Worked with more than 12 Kuwaiti Scientific researchers in the oil fields and also with green peace mission to Kuwait.

April 1992: Presented with Kuwait University Award for distinguished environmental work after Kuwait Liberation.

August 1992: Special 3 days training course with the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation in Kuwait in relation with debriefing ex-POWs.

September 1998: Awarded the “Certificate of Highest Assessment for Teaching Performance” at the Environmental Health Department, College of Health Sciences, PAAET. The assessment was conducted by the Centre for Measurement and Assessment of Occupational Development at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET).

November 19, 1998: Received a “Letter of Appreciation” from the Gulf Bank, Kuwait for associating them with Um Al-Namil Island clean up campaign.

1998: Presented with certificates of appreciation for voluntary work by the Head of the Environment Public Authority, Al-Khiran Management Resort and NAUI middle east representative in relation to carrying out environmental protection and conservation work in Kuwait.

September 1999: Awarded the “Certificate of Highest Assessment for Teaching Performance” at the Environmental Health Department, College of Health Sciences, PAAET. The assessment was conducted by the Centre for Measurement and Assessment of Occupational Development at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET).

1999: Presented with certificates of appreciation from Her Excellency Shaikha Amthal
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for voluntary work, organization and participation in “Reef Rescue Campaign” to remove heavy debris from Um Al-Maradem and Qaruh Islands.

1999: Presented with certificates of appreciation from Equate Petrochemical Company (a joint venture between Union Carbide and Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Company) for voluntary work, organization and participation in “Reef Rescue Campaign” to remove heavy debris from Um Al-Maradem and Qaruh Islands.

Organization of conferences

Dr. Ali M. Khuraibet was in charge of organizing three regional seminars in the State of Kuwait. He was the head of the organizing committees of the following seminars:

1995: The 1st regional seminar of Environmental Impact Assessment and Management. The Seminar was funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement, Environmental Public Authority and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training with the cooperation of the Center for Environmental Management and Planning, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

1996: The 2nd regional seminar of Environmental Impact Assessment and Management. The Seminar was funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement, Environmental Public Authority and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training with the cooperation of the Center for Environmental Management and Planning, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

1999: The 1st regional seminar on Eco-Tourism. The Seminar was funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement, Environmental Public Authority and the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.

Member and affiliated to the following organizations

Kuwait Graduates Society.
Certified Diver by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). Open
Water Certification.
Certified Diver by the National Association for Underwater Instructors (NAUI). Open Water, Advance Diver and Master Diver Certification. And currently doing the Dive Master Certification.
Certified Diver by the CMAS (International Confederation of Underwater Divers). Two Stars Diver Certification.

Environmental Campaigns

November 1998: Organized an environmental campaign to clean Um Al-Namel Island with the Environment Protection Authority, Kuwait Red Crescent Society, Kuwait Municipality, Abdul Hameed Salim Cleaning Company and the middle east representative of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI).

November 1998: Organized an environmental campaign for divers to remove solid waste dumped in Al-Khiran Marina in association with the Environment Protection Authority, the middle east representative of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and Kuwait Touristic Projects Company.

June 1999: Organized an environmental campaign with the middle east representative of the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) to clean Donkey Reef, Kuwait, from waste dumped around the reefs.

August 1999: Member of the team contributed in cleaning Al-Salam beach from Asbestos construction waste.

August-September 1999: Organised and participated with other companies to organise ” Reef Rescue Campaign”. Also, a member of diving teams for removing underwater waste from Qarouh and Um Al-Maradem Islands.

April 2000: Organised, through, NAUI-Middle East the “2nd National Environmental Campaign to Clean Um Al-Namel Island”.

General aspects

Write regularly at Al-Qabas, a leading daily newspaper in Kuwait, on environmental and social issues.
Interviewed by CNN and BBC and C-Span.
Reading, Archery, Shotokan Karate, currently conducting a Master Diver course with NAUI, Kuwait.

Languages: Arabic, English and learning French.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/founder.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – Services

May 18, 2010

What ECO-Environmental Consultants can do for you?

Eco has solutions to your environmental concerns and problems. You can consult Eco on the following issues:

Environmental Impact Assessment and Management for development projects and environmental policies including air, noise, electromagnetic fields, water, soil, health and socio-economic impact assessment.

Environmental Auditing and ISO 14001.

Base Line Studies and ecological surveys including desert, intertidal and subtidal ecological surveys.

Sample collection, analysis, interpretation, quality control and statistical analysis.

Biodiversity studies and management of protected areas, marine, coastal and desert zones.

Studies related to natural and environmental catastrophic events.

Sick Buildings Syndrome (SBS) and environmental health studies.

Environmental awareness and media.

Waste management including municipal, infectious and hazardous waste.

Soil treatment and decontamination.

Environmental planning and management including land-use planning, GIS and remote sensing.

Sustainable development strategies and policies.

Environmental policy analysis.

Soil assessment, ground water management and analysis and pesticides management.

Environmental training for employees including tailor made courses.

ECO Community services works

ECO deeply believes that public participation and awareness can initiate and lead to positive environment changes. The Firm initiates, participate and support environment campaigns. The following are major events that were initiated and supported by ECO:

The removal of asbestos pipes from Al-Salam Beach west of Kuwait City.

Birds of prey, kestrels, protection awareness program and the release of such birds from captivity.

Reef Rescue campaign to remove metal rods and pipes weighting more than 100 ton from Um Al-Mardim and Qaruh Islands, underwater activity, south of Kuwait. **

Reef Rescue campaign to remove metal rods and pipes, underwater activity, weighting over 20 ton from Kubar Island.***

Establishing guidelines for the Al-Wataniya Telecommunication Company to construct a microwave tower on Kubar Island.***

The National Campaign to declare Um-Namil Island as a protected Area.**

Carrying-out three national environmental campaigns to remove waste dumped on Um-Namil Island.***

Lecturing at schools such as Al-Bayan School on environmental issues and taking students to sensitive environmental areas to appreciate the beauty of the nature.

Supported Kuwait Turtle group to establish their protection programme to protect Kuwait’s Marine Turtles.

Carried out sampling and analysis for “Kohl” which is a traditional Eye-liner for its lead contents, and its toxicity. Carried out initial environmental and health assessment for two cities in Iraq after its Liberation.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/services2.htm

Eco-Environmental Consultants – About Eco

May 18, 2010

Eco-Environmental Consultants Firm
Environment & Community Onward

“We donate 2.5% of our profit to humanitarian & environmental causes ”

The Founder & General Manager of Eco is Dr. Ali Muhammad Khuraibet.

Our logo represents a deep concept with a philosophical touch. It represents the unity, differences and harmony of the earth components and the universe.

Our logo design is based on the concept of harmony with and in nature. To achieve harmony between human activities and nature, ethics and good conduct are needed to prevent adverse impacts associated with human activities on the environment and the need to use the earth’s capital resources in a sustainable way.

Eco is derived from the Greek word OIKOS, which simply means the things that surrounds a house. It became a term that describes the environment and its components.

Eco Environmental Consultants is not only an environmental firm with a philosophical touch but, also, with a social responsibility. Every year the firm will donate a specific percentage of its profits to worthy environmental and social causes. This is why our motto, also, reads ECO: Environment & Community Onwards.

This piece is taken from the website of Eco-Environmental Consultants.

See on-line at: http://www.ecoconsultants.biz/about.htm

Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project – About The Project

May 18, 2010

Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project:

Towards Research and Conservation

Kuwait hosts two species of nesting turtles on its offshore islands Qaru and Umm Al-Maradim. Green turtles and hawksbill turtles nest on one and the other respectively in different times of the year and their offspring emerge from the nests to reach the Gulf Waters and ensure the circle of life of a very important animal is ensured. Possible presence of the loggerhead and leatherback turtle is being researched. Environmental laws in Kuwait, as in many other countries, prohibit any sort of disturbance of these animals or their hatchlings.

But why is it important to protect sea turtles? Why are nations worldwide creating strict texts of conventions and legislations in a common effort beyond borders to ensure their survival? The answers are not difficult. Many decades of scientific research and constant monitoring have proven that:

Sea turtles are necessary for the survival of coral reefs worldwide. Without coral reefs, the degradation of all sorts of life in the oceans would be imminent and all forms of life in the ocean would become threatened or extinct. Fisheries worldwide would be gravely affected.
Sea turtles are responsible for the migrations of several hundred species of organisms, which attach themselves on the animal and “hitch a ride”. Without this means of transport, propagation and ecological processes of these organisms would stop, and this would have an impact on the ocean’s health and prosperity.
Sea turtles have existed for over a hundred million years, are an animal species that has survived all dramatic changes on earth and has an important role to fulfill, like all major species on the planet. Sea turtles have seen and lived with the dinosaurs. They have been great survivors of what eliminated the dinosaurs. Why have them vanish now, when preserving them seems to be a doable task? It would be a great blow to biodiversity on earth.
As with every animal species, protecting it during its whole cycle of life is essential. For turtles, feeding, mating and nesting grounds should be protected from degradation and elimination, and migratory routes should be studied in order to achieve some level of protection there as well.
Information and education on the importance of sea turtles and their marine environment have excellent short and long-term results for the conservation of the species.
The Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project, launched in June 2008, is a common 3-year effort of TOTAL Foundation, TOTAL Kuwait, The Voluntary Work Center Kuwait and The Scientific Center Kuwait. Its main goals are enhancing awareness and knowledge regarding endangered sea turtles in the country, studying their populations on the offshore islands Kubbar, Qaru and Umm Al-Maradim, studying the state of the marine and coastal areas they are in, conducting environmental information and education, targeting groups of stakeholders and considering possible contribution to the legislative and institutional framework of sea turtles conservation in the country.

TOTAL FOUNDATION:

‘LEARNING FROM THE OTHERS, TEACHING OTHERS’’

The Total Foundation is committed to philanthropic endeavours in three areas of activity:

– Community support, through two complementary programmes: partnering the Pasteur Institute to prevent pandemics in countries where the Group operates and fighting social exclusion, particularly from school, in France;

– Culture, through a major partnership with the Fondation du Patrimoine and support for institutions that promote French culture and intercultural dialogue;

– Environment, especially the protection of marine biodiversity, through research, programmes to safeguard threatened species and ecosystems.

The Total Foundation emphasizes long-term partnerships in every area of its activity. In addition to providing financial support, the Foundation seeks to combine and strengthen the work of experts to expand human knowledge.

The Total Foundation encourages Group employees to contribute to its activities and influence, notably by supporting their involvement in community support initiatives.

Voluntary Work Center Kuwait

The Voluntary Work Centre was established in 2004 and its objectives are:

Supporting values of the society via individual participation
Developing personal, professional and scientific skills and abilities in youths.
Developing the value of being a volunteer in Kuwait society
Opening new horizons for young people via volunteering
Providing opportunities for young people to participate at decision making and priority setting in the society they live in.
Generalizing volunteering for the local population of Kuwait
Contributing in laws and regulations concerning voluntary work
Developing skills in young people
The Scientific Center Kuwait:

The first facility of its kind in the Middle East

•Opened in 2000.

•The facility has six attractions: a 3-D IMAX theatre, a Discovery Place (a children’s hands-on science museum), an Aquarium (displaying desert and marine animals), a Gift Shop and a number of restaurants.

•The Aquarium is a mature biological unit and normal routines operate.

•Development of a good aquarist exchange program with other aquariums (Lisbon, Cape Town).

•Focus on education and interaction with as many established Aquariums

TSCK is a cultural achievement and educational facility enriched with knowledge, which portrays fascinating architectural design that reflects Islamic art and culture. The walls contain ceramic depictions of stories that tell of Kuwait’s history. It fortifies the message of scientific awareness in the State of Kuwait, while strengthening its cultural heritage. Its activities are dedicated to spreading awareness and knowledge related to the environment. TSCK encourages people’s care and commitment in preserving the desert, marine life, and ecosystems of the Arabian Gulf region.

This piece is taken from the website of the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project.

See on-line at: http://kuwaitturtles.com/enwp/?page_id=2

Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project – Participants

May 18, 2010

Participants
Project Management
Nancy Papathanasopoulou
Nancy Papathanasopoulou is Greek.
She has been working on sea turtle conservation and environment for twenty years, in several capacities (volunteer, student, lawyer, consultant, team member, project coordinator) and in several countries. She is an environmental law and management expert, but has learnt how to do field work as well.

She is mainly working on turtles, birds, their habitats and conservation needs in the Gulf Area since 2003 as a project coordinator, lucky to work with international teams of experts. Before that, she has worked in France and in Greece, in law offices, International organizations and the Ministry of Environment in Greece. Apart from scientific research, her work involves cooperating with local and national authorities on institutions, legislation, management plans based on sustainable development, environmental education and environmental information centers.

Through conservation projects, such as the ones carried out by TOTAL in Masirah Island, Oman and three offshoreatolls in Kuwait, the authorities as well as the public are informed about the status and protection needs of sea turtles and their habitats at national, regional and international level. Nancy is glad to be part of these efforts and hopes to be part of as many as she can. She believes the marine environment is an issue that has no borders and all nations should team up and participate at its conservation, which is becoming an emergency.

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Project Coordination
Husain Al-Qallaf

Hussain Al-Qallaf is Kuwaiti. He’s main aim is to increase the general public awareness towards a better understanding of the Voluntary Work values as well as the conservation of Kuwait natural resources. He is a keen and enthusiastic conservationist.

He is the general manager of the Voluntary Work Center Kuwait and the general organizer of Siniar, the main National Environmental Project inaugurated by his highness the Amir of Kuwait. Under Siniar he is the local coordinator of the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project.
He has participated at a number of conservation efforts in Kuwait, such as removing an approximate of 10 tons of gillnets trapped in coral reef community grounds. He has also initiated some of the natural reserves such as Jaber Marine Protected Area- Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural reserve and Sulaibikhat Bay Protected Area.
In 2006 he has participated at organizing the first Enviromental GCC conference for youths and took part in the turtle conservation workshop in Yemen. In 2002 he attended DEMA, the international Diving meeting in the United States of America and approved teaching of the new Kuwait Dive team license.
He also works on teaching volunteers photography and videography skills as well as certifying other volunteers with open water and advanced diving certification. In his spare time, Hussain enjoys photography, diving, reading and spending time with his family.

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Scientific Researcher, Marine Biology
Dareen Almojil

Dareen is a Kuwaiti Marine Biologist, who has recently graduated from James Cook University with a master’s degree studying the genetic structure of the Galapagos shark Carcharhinus galapagensis at the Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve and the Lord Howe Island Marine Park. The main aim of the study was to assist in understanding the potential for C.galapagensis from highly protected sanctuary zone (Middleton Reef) to move into fishing areas (Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island) and vice-versa, therefore identify conservation strategies that are needed to manage these important members of the marine ecosystem in a sustainable way.
Currently she works as a free-lance marine biologist for the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project, which is sponsored by TOTAL Foundation and TOTAL Kuwait. Previously she worked for SAFAGE, conducting a survey study to assess the impact of the Second Gulf War on the fauna of the Kuwaiti waters. Her role there was to enumerate and identify specimens of juvenile shrimp. She has also spent 3 years volunteering for The Scientific Center of Kuwait while completing her undergraduate degree from Kuwait University, majoring in Zoology and minoring in Marine Biology.
Her main research interest is broadly in any topic that addresses questions related to marine conservation, such as population viability, marine reserves and conservation genetics, which are crucial to formulate conservation plans and strategies for effective implementation of fisheries regulations and law enforcement. She is potentially interested in the conservation and genetic evolution of the K selected marine species, particularly Elasmobranch species.

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Environmental Information and Education
Sassa Georgopoulou
Sassa Georgopoulou is Greek. She has studied French Litterature at the University of Athens and has a Master’s in Didactology of Languages and Cultures from Paris La Sorbonne. After a long time of studying languages, music and philosophy, she became involved in volunteering for turtle projects and with environmental education at the high school where she teaches French. Her experience of sea turtle encounters in her native land, Greece, as well as in Oman and Kuwait has produced several educational packages for school children of all ages as well as adults and the general public. Sassa is currently the environmental education expert for the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project and enjoys working on the field with turtles very much.

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Satellite Telemetry Expert
ALan F. Rees
ALan is British and graduated from the University of London with a Zoology degree and a few years later started working with sea turtles as a volunteer for ARCHELON in Greece (www.archelon.gr). After an initial period as a volunteer he became a field leader and then Scientific Officer for the group.

During his time as Scientific Officer ALan developed ARCHELON scope of activities. He started several new projects and investigations, such as carrying out the first telemetry work undertaken by the society and initiating an in-water study of an important population of loggerheads living in a large enclosed bay. Most significantly, he undertook pioneering studies in Syria which documented for the first time a regionally important green turtle population (www.seaturtlesinsyria.org).

Since 2006, ALan has worked as a free-lance sea turtles biologist, Mainly for TOTAL in Oman, which has involved nesting beach surveys and telemetry projects on three separate species of sea turtle nesting on Masirah Island. He is a member of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group – Mediterranean region and has recently joined the Editorial Board of the Marine Turtle Newsletter.

ALan’s current focus is on analysing and writing up the valuable data he has accrued, within the context of completing a Doctorate under the supervision of Dr BJ Godley at the University of Exeter.

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Scientific Expert in Marine Biology
David Robinson
David is a British Marine Biologist who graduated from The University of Liverpool with an honours degree in Marine Biology and later from The University of Leeds with a Master’s degree in Conservation and Biodiversity specializing in Marine Biology.

David grew up on a farm in North Yorkshire, England. His passion for aquatic life started with fishing and playing in the waterways around his home. By the age of 12 David was breeding different species of tropical freshwater fish and small mammals on a small scale to supply local pet shops.

David had always wanted to be a Marine Biologist and therefore chose the University of Liverpool to complete his studies as this was home to the oldest Marine Biology Lab in the world which is based on the Isle of Man. After completing University, David worked in Tanzania as a Research Assistant studying the biodiversity of coral reefs in South Tanzania. The work collected by the project eventually resulted in the formation of Tanzania’s second Marine National Park.

David then worked for the Vancouver Aquarium in British Colombia teaching local marine ecology to students before returning home to the UK. After several years working for large financial Investment Banks in the City of London, David then started his Master’s Degree. He travelled back to Africa and also to Costa Rica where he studied the factors affecting the hatching success of Leatherback turtle hatchlings on the Caribbean coast for his Master’s thesis.

David moved to Dubai in 2006 to start his position as Assistant Operations Manager at the Burj Al Arab Hotel. His role includes the day to day running of the Aquarium, marine turtle rehabilitation and many different conservation and fish breeding projects. David is starting his Ph.D. this year investigating the ecology of turtles in the Emirate of Dubai.

David has helped with the KTCP missions since the start of the project in July 2008. As a qualified Dive Master he helps with the underwater biodiversity surveying of the islands where he also gets to utilize his new found passion for underwater photography.

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IT Expert
Abdullah Matoq
Abdullah is Kuwaiti. He has studied in Kuwait but his passion is the sea. He is a leading member of the Siniar Team of the Voluntary Work Center Kuwait as well as an accomplished divemaster and a commercial diver. He is also an IT expert and the webmaster/web designer for KTCP.

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Field Work and Organization

Ali Alhafez
Ali Alhafez is Kuwaiti. A recent recruit of the Voluntary Work Center Kuwait, he is a diver, a photographer and a member of the Senyar team, as well as a passionate defendant of the marine and coastal environment. He aspires to seeing endangered species fully protected in his country as well as to helping towards garbage-and-pollution-free seas and beaches. Ali has participated in most KTCP field work missions in the past year, he is an active IT expert for the project and is looking forward to more participation towards sea turtle conservation in Kuwait.

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Database and Field Assistance
Louisa Akerina
Louisa is Dutch. She is an environmental engineer, relatively new to turtling and a big fan of turtles, as well as all aquatic life and sports. She is a keen diver and an amateur underwater photographer. She has a particular interest in combining (structural) development with environmental protection and believes in sustainable development. She enjoys thinking about solutions which concern maintaining water resources clean and in pristine condition. Louisa is a keen turtler and a dedicated shift worker (even for those hard night shifts). For the Kuwait project she participates in biodiversity checkups and sets up the database.
She feels it is a true privilege to work so closely with her many Kuwaiti colleagues and other members of the team. Louisa finds each person to be very dedicated and that belonging to this team provides a good opportunity to learn.

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Underwater Photography and Field Assistance
Simone Caprodossi
Simone is Italian and moved from Europe to Dubai two years and a half ago working as a market research manager for a large multinational in Dubai.Stepping out of the office he has been dedicating most of his holidays and spare time to travel photography and diving for more than 10 years. Since the move to Dubai he has specialized in underwater photography using every opportunity to go out and capture the beauty of the marine environment around the Arabian Gulf, Oman, India… He was thrilled with the opportunity to join the KTCP and help surveying the reefs around the islands. His underwater photography is used for fish classification and to document environmental damage caused by lack of protection of the area. He also had for the first time the opportunity to monitor turtle nesting activity at night, after the diving day, and is loving every second of the beach fieldwork , keeping unforgettable memories of his first turtle encounters on land.

Photography And Field Assistance
Bader Al-Attar
Bader works in Education and is a member of the Siniar Team of the Voluntary Work Center, as well as of the Photography Team. He is a diver and a power boat driver. He has been of great help to the KTCP field missions and a keen turtler.

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Photography And Field Assistance
Mohammad Al-Saleh

Mohammad is a member of the Photography Team of the Voluntary Work Center and has contributed field assistance and exquisite underwater photography to the project. His collection of photos from the reef of Qaru has helped a lot with the KTCP biodiversity checklist of the environment where the turtles are active.

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Photography And Field Assistance
Abdullah Al-Derbas
Abdullah is a member of the Siniar Team and of the Photography Team of the Voluntary Work Center. He has shot the first photos of nesting turtles in Qaru island as well as the first group photos of the KTCP team working on the field. Abdullah is a diver as well and has joined KTCP team members a number of times on land and at underwater field work expeditions.

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Photography and Field Assistance
Mohammed Hamza
Mohammed works in IT and is an active member of the Photography Team of the Voluntary Work Center Kuwait. His collection of books about natural history and photography have been of great assistance to KTCP team members, as Mohammed has contributed decisively to the constitution of a “KTCP electronic library”. Like the work of some of his colleagues, his photography has been used for communication purposes by KTCP and it is hoped that his assistance to the project will continue.

This piece is taken from the website of the Kuwait Turtle Conservation Project.

See on-line at: http://kuwaitturtles.com/enwp/?page_id=23