July 27, 2008

Gcc Youth Environmental Forum Opens

According to Oman News: The 3rd GCC Youth Environmental Forum was opened at the Directorate General of Heritage and Culture Hall here today under the auspices of Sheikh Salim bin Oufait al Shanfari, Head of Dhofar Municipality. Salim bin Faraj Abdoon, Director General of the Directorate General of Environment and Climate Affairs at Dhofar Governorate, stated that the environmental changes in recent years are posing challenges to the world. The GCC states are sharing these concerns with the world, on the wake of the huge development witnessed by them during the past decades, coupled with exploitation of their natural resources which harmed the environment in the GCC states. The GCC states had made great efforts, in collaboration with regional and international organizations, to protect the environment and preserve its natural resources, he added. Adil Mohammed Al Bastaki, representative of the GCC General Secretariat also gave a speech highlighting the Sultanate's efforts to preserve and develop the environment. This was due to far- sighted environmental vision of its wise leadership. The forum comes in implementation of the GCC leaders' directives aimed to raise awareness level of the community on the environment issues, he added. About 70 students and supervisors from the GCC states, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Sports Affairs are taking part in the Forum. The forum will cover lectures on the environment in the GCC states, the youth role in preserving its natural resources, the marine environment, the meteorology and climate forecasts in the GCC states, the natural, tourism, and environmental sanctuaries in the Sultanate, and growing of the Mangrove trees in Khor Ouqad in Salalah. The Six-day forum will include youth field visits to historical and tourism attractions in Dhofar Governorate. It aims to cement brotherly and friendly relations among the GCC youth, familiarizing participants with the major environmental issues of concern to the GCC states.

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