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Israel Influence Extended to All Nile Basin Centers

July 9, 2011

Dr. Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation told the People’s Assembly that the Israeli influence had spread to all the Nile Basin countries.
In a statement he made yesterday on the water crisis in the Arab world before the People’s Assembly committee on Arab Affairs, he said that there had already been Israeli influence in all the Nile Basin countries as it extends financial, technical and industrial assistance in the fields of industry, food and sanitary drainage projects. Such influence, however, the minister added, is very weak in the field of Nile water or the construction of dams or water project as Israel is not very effective in that sphere.
The minister said that the Israeli influence weakness in that area might be attributed to the effective cooperation between Egypt and each of the Nile Basin countries.

See on-line at: http://en.islamstory.com/israel-influence-all-nile-basin-centres.html

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Somali Environmental Protection and Anti-Desertification Organization (SEPADO) – Objectives and activities of SEPADO

April 7, 2011

  1. Develop institution based on the community leadership that studies and finds means to combat desertification in Somalia.
  2. Conduct Ecological research expedition in Somalia (Specially area that are severely effected).
  3. Create tree plantation nurseries and implement re-forestation programs (Specially effected areas)
  4. Provide occupational skills training to enable villagers to become self-supporting and give up forest burning for living.
  5. Agricultural schemes to assist farmers to plant trees, provide health seeds, farming equipment and general training.
  6. Organise and manage, already existing elements of the society that possess good level perception of environment issues.
  7. Increase level of environmental understanding among the people.
  8. Organise periodical workshops for all the effected Regions and if possible invite international NGOs for assessing the damages done to Somalia’s environment.

This piece is taken from the website of the Somali Environmental Protection and Anti-Desertification Organization (SEPADO).

See on-line at: http://sepado.tripod.com/sep_obje.html

Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC – About Us

February 28, 2011

The GCC is currently experiencing economic growth never before seen in its history. This growth offers numerous opportunities for the people of the region and for expatriates. Growth requires resources and energy to meet demands of markets. As a result Oman is expanding both horizontally and vertically.
However, growth is also posing serious threats to the country’s natural resources and cultural heritage. Al Majal recognizes these challenges.
Al Majal believes and promotes Corporate Social Responsibility as a way of addressing social and environmental challenges that come with economic growth. The company’s overall strategy and programs are designed to help promote and achieve sustainability in all sectors.
Al Majal joins a growing number of responsible organizations who believe that a key factor in achieving sustainability is by addressing the triple bottom line of society, environment and economy.
Al Majal aims to partner with individuals, companies, concerned groups and the community at large in meeting the challenges brought upon by economic growth through environmental solutions and overall environmental protection. It aims to be a leading company in environmental best practices while partnering with other companies in addressing their sustainability concerns.
Al Majal is an indigenous organization of Oman, for Oman.

This piece is taken from the website of Al Majal Environmental & Technical Services LLC.

See on-line at: http://www.almajalenv.com/about.html

Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP) – Solid Waste Management in El Minyia Governorate

February 13, 2011

The project aims at providing the necessary support to el Minya Governorate to properly manage its Solid Waste. In particular the project is addressing the institutional, information, technical and financial needs for a sound and effective Solid Waste Management system.

The Project will further serve as model to replicate in the other rural governorates in Egypt. In addition, the project will implement a pilot action in El Miniya Governorate. This pilot action would be identified as a priority component of the system.

In particular the project expected results could be summarized as follows :

  • A set of updated data, specific on Solid Waste Management in El Minya Governorate. 
  • An Executive, ready – for- implementation plan for the establishment of a comprehensive, sustainable and integrated SWM scheme for the entire Governorate of El Minya; such a scheme will be conceptualized and designed. 
  • Solid Waste Management Unit ( SWMU) established – and consolidated of SWM within the Governorate, as well as the provision of technical and managerial support to the decentralized authorities.
  • A number of planning, engineering as well as operating staff and workers of El –Minya Governorate trained and experienced on the job, with respect to their competence within the identified SWM cycle ( with particular focus on SWMU staff ). 
  • A Geographical Information System (GIS ) and a database integrated in a Decision Support System ( DSS ), with the objective of advancement of planning and management of collection disposal and treatment options for solid wastes.
  • Both the central, as well as 10 of the peripherals nodes of a ( to be established) data collected network for the feeding of DSS / database, put in operation.
  • A comprehensive document defining clear, reliable and applicable engineering standards for the design, implementation and operation of adequate SWM schemes in Rural Governorates.
  • A demonstrative Pilot Action, aimed at the validation of the methodologies developed within the Project. Such a Pilot will be carried out on a selected geographic and/or thematic restricted scope, to be identified as a result  of Project Task I activities. The definite identification (construction of landfill, rehabilitation of composting plant, improvement of the efficiency of waste collection within a cluster area…) of such a Pilot Action will be adjusted also to the amount of funds available ( to be secured from a new project budget through Debt-for-Development Swap operations, Governorate fund, etc…).
  •  A set of detailed reports, defining ways and methods to enhance sustainability and effectiveness of Project outputs, as well as their updating. Such reports, to be formulated and issued periodically, will build upon the experiences gained and lesson learned during Project implementation.
  • New, and/or enhancement of ongoing, physical infrastructure development project to be established within the SWM reference framework.

The Project is managed and implemented with the full participation of the Governorate and will link with privatization efforts of the Governorate and will follow the national Solid Waste Management Program directives.

This piece is taken from the website of the Egyptian-Italian Environmental Cooperation Program (EIECP).

See on-line at: http://www.eiecop.org/ambiente2/projects_2/swm.htm

Environmental Order Being Fine-tuned

October 26, 2010

THE Ministry of Development is fine-tuning the draft of its Environmental Order to include air, land and toxic waste pollution control and to check on the environmental impact of all proposed government projects.

“The legal framework for the Environmental Order had been prepared by the Attorney General’s Chamber on January 31, 2010,” said Minister of Development Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar on March 20, 2010. Upon completion of the final process, the minister assured that the Environmental Order would be enforced as soon as possible.

The minister gave this response to Dato Paduka Hj Idris Hj Ali, appointed council member, who asked when the order would be gazetted and implemented.

The need for Brunei’s own Environmental Order was brought up in the Sixth Legislative Council Meeting on March 20, 2010 by the appointed council member who raised the issue with the Minister of Development.

Dato Paduka Hj Idris stressed on the need to care for and monitor the environment against any threats through mechanisms such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) before granting permission for any project to start. An EIA is an assessment of the possible impact positive or negative that a proposed project may have on the environment, consisting of the natural, social and economic aspects. “It is clear that we need a legal framework on the environment. The Environmental Order plays an important role in helping environmental issues,” he said.

The minister reassured the council members that “when all this is completed, the Environmental Order will be enforced as soon as possible”. At the same time, efforts have been done for Brunei to have a unified quality control for land development works under the Town and Country Planning agency and to evaluate building requirements especially with regards to water drainage and (probability of ) landslide.

Issues of littering were also brought up particularly the enforcement of the Public Littering Act. The Act which was introduced in 2006 was recently enforced in a bid to reduce pollution and safeguard the environment as well as to keep the country clean.

Sixty-three individuals and companies have been fined under (the anti-littering law) as of the beginning of 2010 until March 9 totalling $13,300, said Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof in response to a question from Hj Sulaiman Hj Ahai, an appointed council member.

“We have done numerous campaigns throughout the country but it didn’t work. We have no choice but to enforce the law. Depending on the offence, the compound ranges between $200 to $1,000 and offenders can also be charged in court,” the minister said.

This piece is taken from the Brunei Times.

See on-line at: http://news.brunei.fm/2010/03/21/environmental-order-being-fine-tuned/

Islamic Perspective On Environment Viz-a-viz Mindanao Natural Resources

October 25, 2010

“BISMILLAH HIRAKHMAN HIRAKHIM”
(In the name of Allah, The Sustainer, The Merciful)

“ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE ON ENVIRONMENT VIZ-A-VIZ MINDANAO NATURAL RESOURCES”
By: Zulfikhar S. Abdullah, Ernesto T. Santa Cruz- October 2009

Muslim- Chief of Staff of ( RLA-ARMM) Assemblyman Datu Suharto S. Midtimbang Cotabato City –

Christian Catholic- Chairman- Department of Environment and Ecology of the United Bangsamoro Sultanates and Royalties of the Philippines (NGO) Cotabato City –

INTRODUCTION

Several decades ago, many environmentalist groups/institutions and even individuals from different sectors of society emerged and strived hard to advocate awareness on the destruction and devastation of our environment both in the local and global domain. Apparently, such advocacies were not able to reach the target level of participation from our local and international communities. Statistically, this can perhaps be traced to the worsening environmental problems of every well developed and developing countries of the world with the exception of few countries.

During those decades, perhaps some advanced technocrat countries perceived that by preserving and protecting their own environment domains they would be exempted to the upheaval of their environment. What they set aside are the realities that our mother earth is one oblate spheroid chattel where the seas and the oceans are not separated from each other though our lands and soils are polarized geographically through the formation of different continents.

It also has to be noted that most of the religions in the world, being a spiritual source of mankind had less contribution in the advocacy of environment protection and conservation. For some reason, they have depended upon their respective governments and put down their full trust on the matter of environment as the prime responsibility of the government. Every government, therefore, have institutionalized a separate department on environment matters. In some other way, this can be associated to the doctrine of separation of politics and religion or say the division between the moral and legal vernacular or due to the partition of the man made laws and the holy the scriptures.

A NEW BEGINNING

Fortunately, the emergence of this “Mindanao Interfaith Stewardship Dialogue 2009” through “Interfaith Dialogue on the Integrity of Creation” initiated by Xavier University, SEA for Mindanao and KAFI Foundation, heralds to create a common stance and possibly serve as a nucleus to open up a avenue for our religious sectors to participate and impart their moral and spiritual perception on environmental matters and to be able to achieve a meeting of minds in our midst. And also to intensify multi-sectoral cooperation to advocate a common ground to our roles and responsibilities on the notion of stewardship over the integrity of Mindanao’s God-given natural resources.

ISLAMIC CONCEPT OF ENVIRONMENT

We know that the environment is one of today’s most serious problems both in the local and global domain. It is a problem that perils not only us but the whole world, our future generations and their right to live in a healthy environment. It is causing many countries including the Philippines to move toward an era in a state of apprehension and fear. This compels us to understand the environmental problems and to help in solving them in our simple yet concerted best level ways.

Precisely, we have to consider the environment from a broad perspective. Foremost, we should not forget that the Creator and Owner of all environments is at the same time our Creator.

Environment is formed by our house, garden, and car, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the town in which we live, and the people we live with. So too, it is formed by the seas, lakes, rivers, roads, mountains, and forests, which are shared by all the members of society and so to speak the entire universe itself is our environment.

Apparently, when we say “environment,” we have to understand all our surroundings in which we and all living creatures live. While by “environmental pollution,” we mean the dirtying and spoiling of these natural surroundings. The air is polluted, the seas are polluted, the ozone layer is diminishing, different animal species becoming extinct or endangered and the devastation of our forest lands. We can also include the pollution of our social environment, worldwide poverty and famine, deprivation of human rights, homelessness, migration problems, racism, abandoned children, wars, drug abuse, alcohol addiction and violence to mention a few.

On the other hand, since this particular interfaith dialogue focuses on the God-given natural resources of Mindanao, then I should focus my presentation on the Islamic perception on natural resources (environment) and the concept of stewardship being emphasized as gamut of our interfaith dialogue. Luckily, we must be grateful, despite hectic schedules of our spiritual vocations in our respective religions, we were be able to appreciate that religion has an important role to play in overcoming these environmental problems and to be able to develop a comprehensive and integral environmental consciousness. And to strengthen our stance as unified force to preserve, protect and conserve our natural resources (environment).

Basically, as far as my research is concerned, according to Islamic point of view, everything in the universe is created by God. It is God who adorns the skies with the sun, the moon and the stars, and the face of the earth with flowers, trees, gardens, orchards, and the various animal species. It is again God who causes the rivers and streams to flow on the earth, Who upholds the skies , causes the rain to fall, and places the boundary between night and day. The universe together with all its richness and vitality is the work and art of God, that is, of the Creator. It is again God who created all plants and animals in pairs, in this way causing their procreation and preservation. God created man subsequently to all these – to entrust these environment.

Islam believes that men are God’s vicegerents on earth, to steward all the created things both the living and the non-living things. We were given an intellect (reason) before He put the trust to manage all created things accordingly, with its due measures and proportions. Just as we are not the lords of nature and the world, so the world is not our property which we can dispose of as we wish or as we are able. Nature was created by God and it belongs to God. Everything in nature is a sign of God’s existence; that is, a token or missive. The Holy Qur’an expresses this truth as follows:

“Behold, thy lord said to the angels: I will create a vicegerent on earth.” (Holy Qur’an, Surah (chapter) II, Verse 30)… “It is He (Lord) who hath created for you all things that are on earth; Moreover His (lord) design comprehended the heavens, for He (Lord) gave order and perfection to the seven firmaments; and of all things He (lord) hath perfect knowledge.” (Holy Qur’an, Sarah. chapter II, Verse 29).

“Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth; in the alternation of the night and the day; in the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; in the rain which God sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; in the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; in the change of the winds, and the clouds subjugated between the sky and earth — [here] indeed are signs for a people that are wise.” (Holy Qur’an, Surah. chapter II, Verse 164)

The Beloved Prophet of Islam, Mohammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) both in his practices and “Hadiths” (sayings of the Holy Prophet), attached a great importance to planting trees, protecting existent ones, planting forests, as well as to conserving existent ones. His practices and conduct related to conservation of the environment should therefore be considered from the Qur’anic standpoint. For us his actions are sources of inspiration constituting his works and deeds/practices, which the Muslims are obliged to follow. To put it another way, as in all matters, the exemplar of Islamic conduct related to the environment and the person who displayed it in most perfect fashion was God’s Messenger (PBUH). His commands concerning it, are learnt, the Muslims weighty responsibilities become clear.

†On migrating to Medina from Mecca, God’s Messenger (PBUH) organized the planting of trees and of date groves. He made the forests and green spaces conservation areas, where every sort of living creature lived. These were called sanctuaries (hima). For example, a strip of land approximately twelve miles wide around Medina was proclaimed a sanctuary and made a conservation area. We know that He proclaimed other areas, similar to this, sanctuaries. All these show the paramount importance —as a religion— Islam gives to nature conservancy and protection of all nature’s living creatures.

SOME HADITHS OF THE PROPHET CONNECTED WITH PLANTING TREES AND PROTECTING THEM

“If you have a sapling, if you have the time, be certain to plant it, even if Doomsday starts to break forth.” (al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, iii, 30)

“Whoever plants trees, God will give him reward to the extent of their fruit.” (Musnad, v, 415)

“Whoever reclaims and cultivates dry, barren land will be rewarded by God for the act. So long as men and animals benefit from it He will record it for him as almsgiving.”(al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, vi, 39; Haythami, Majmau al-Zawaaid, iv, 67-8)

“Whoever plants a tree, reward will be recorded for him so long as it produces fruit.”(Majma’ al-Zawaid, v, 480)

“If a Muslim plants a tree, that part of its produce consumed by men will be as almsgiving for him. Any fruit stolen from the tree will also be as almsgiving for him. That which the birds eat will also be as almsgiving for him. Any of its produce which people may eat thus diminishing it, will be as almsgiving for the Muslims who planted it”.(Bukhari, Tajrid al-Sahih, vii, 122; Muslim, Musaqat, 2 No. 2)

“The reward accruing from seven things continue to reach the person concerned even if he is in his grave: knowledge he has taught, water he has provided for the public benefit, any well he has dug, any tree he has planted, a mosque he has built, recitations of the Qur’an bequeathed to him, and children who pray for him after his death.”(al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, iv, 87)

Following these commands of the Qur’an and the exemplary practices of God’s Messenger (PBUH), throughout history, Muslims have given importance to planting trees and protecting existing one’s. The holy Prophet (PBUH), when sending an expedition for a battle to Muta, gave some instructions and underlines that: “Do not cut down trees and do not kill animals except for food (in the enemy territory).”

Green is the color of Islamic civilization, so too the dome of Prophet’s tomb is green. These are not mere coincidence; they should be seen as reflecting the importance Islam gives to greenery, nature, and trees.

Another important thing related to the environment is the good treatment of the animals, and the protection of them; or more correctly, extending our kindness and compassion to them. However, today many animal species are becoming extinct and endangered. Other animals stray abandoned and hungry in the streets. Taken as a whole, therefore, it cannot be said that we treat animals well and carry out our duties towards them. For Islam regulates not only relations between and among individuals and between individuals and society and the state, it also regulates relations between God, man and nature (environment). A natural consequence of this is that man is answerable to God for his attitude and actions towards nature (environment) and animals. This may be seen in the one Hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH):

“If without good reason anyone kills a sparrow, or a creature lesser than that even, the living creature will put his plaint to God on the Day of Judgment, saying: ‘So-and-so killed me for no purpose.”(al-Munawi, Fayd al-Qadir, iv, 87)

AUTONOMOUS REGION IN MUSLIM MINDANAO ( RLA-ARMM)

These are only few Qur’anic injunctions and Hadiths of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), regarding forest related matters that inspires yours truly through the office of former Speaker Pro-Tempore of the Regional Legislative Assembly, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao ( RLA-ARMM) Assemblyman Datu Suharto S. Midtimbang to craft a bill that would serve as a legacy to our generations, principally to protect and conserve the remaining natural forests and to rehabilitate our denuded forestlands specifically in the area of the Autonomous region, encouraged by Sultan Mohammad H. Adil, the Sultan of Kutawato. Auspiciously, the “Regional Sustainable Forest Management Act, (RSFMA) of 2004” surfaced.

This law was basically crafted in line with the existing laws of the Philippine Republic, the “Adat” (refers to customs and traditions practiced by any of the tribes in the area of the ARMM), the “Taritib ago Igma” (refers to the unwritten customary “Adat” laws of the tribes in the area of the ARMM) and in the framework of the Shari’ah Law (refers to the totality of God’s commandments to man, it is oftentimes translated as Islamic law). Thus, the concept of “Kilafah” (vicegerent or steward of God) and “Amanah”) constructive use and development of the earth is a trust from God) were given extensive emphasis and contemplation.

Since the area of the ARMM is comprised of five (5) component provinces, with its diversified major tribes such as Maguindanawons of Maguindanao, Tausogs of Sulu, Maranaos of Lanao, Yakans of Basilan and Sama of Tawi-Tawi and some other indigenous tribes in Mindanao i.e the Kalagan of Davao Oriental, the Tirurays, with the participation of some non-Muslim religious group, such as, Roman Catholics, Seventh Day Adventists and other sectors currently residing in the area of the Autonomous region, it must also be noted that the said “RSFMA” bill was conceptualized based on the basic principles of popular consultation among the stakeholders of the Autonomous government in harmony and with high regards to the customary traditions between and among the inhabitants of the ARMM.

In addition, this Forest Management Act as a form of “Kilafah” (Stewardship) and “Amanah” (Trust) – the conservation, protection, constructive utilization, management and development of forestlands and their resources shall be considered as a divine trust and the people involved in those duties and obligations shall be considered as stewards or trustees who are not only responsible to the state and the people but are also accountable to the Almighty God.

CONCLUSION

Islam through its Holy Book the Holy Qur’an and Hadiths (sayings and deeds) of the last Prophet of God, the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) clearly emphasized that environment and its natural resources were created by God for the benefit of the entire mankind, being the source of life and other things that benefits man itself in due proportions and measures, i.e food, shelter, potable water, fruits, vegetation, etc, God also created man to be his vicegerent (kilafah/stewardship) on earth and amanah (trust) based on the reasons He bestowed upon man purposely, to protect, conserve and preserve the natural resources for its sustainability to man’s needs accordingly.

In an attempt to synthesize the problem of forest destruction and denudation in the area of the autonomous region, the Regional Sustainable Forest Management Act of 2004 was thus crafted in harmonization to Islamic perspectives on environment, in line with the existing laws of the Republic of the Philippines and the Adat (customary traditions of different tribes). The RSFMA aims to salvage the destructed and denuded forestlands in the area of ARMM.

The said law also aspires to create an avenue to rehabilitate the forestlands of the autonomous region to pave the way for alternative ways to uplift the living condition of the inhabitants by developing income generating livelihood programs out of the constructive utilization of natural resources of our environment. Such livelihood programs will eventually lead to the betterment of the people’s lives thereby build an atmosphere of peace that serves as the stimulus of development not only in the area of the autonomous region but possibly in the entire Mindanao and its islands.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I seek refuge to “Allah”, the creator and the master of universe, to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and His guidance, I would like to express gratitude to the people behind this paper who patiently supported and enlightened us. To Johnny Cabreira, for including the Sultanates and ARMM in the list of participants thus enabling them to express their knowledge and wisdom regarding these responsibilities, for keeping us updated and for taking care of our board and lodging; to the secretariat, for patiently updating us; to Bai Dolly Adil, for raising funds for our transportation and other expenses; and lastly, to Sultan Mohammad H Adil , Al Hajj for acknowledging and trusting us to prepare and present this literature representing the Sultanates and its constituents to this worthy forum, “Interfaith Dialogue on the Integrity of Creation”, initiated by Xavier University, SEA for Mindanao and KAFI Foundation. “Alhamduli’lah”

This piece is taken from the website of Kuro-Kuro.

See on-line at: http://kuro-kuro.org/index.php/archives/2001

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