There is growing recognition of the role indigenous knowledge can play in sustainability. Recent studies in the Brazilian Amazon have concluded that natural forests managed by indigenous communities are better preserved than those outside their territories. This role of indigenous people in relation to forest conservation is anchored in the reliance that exists between their traditional livelihoods and the services and products that forests provide to sustain them. These observations are also supported by the substantial knowledge indigenous people have developed regarding biodiversity, ecosystems, and the products and services they provide.
Countries in hot and arid environments such as those in the MENA region face unique sustainability challenges. Because of climate change, these countries will become hotter and drier in the future, placing additional pressure on their people, environments, and economies. At the same time, these countries are often major exporters of hydrocarbons, which makes them critical actors in the energy transition necessary to mitigate climate change.
With less than six months to go until Qatar makes history by becoming the first Arab country to host the FIFA World Cup, the Gulf state is increasingly under the spotlight. Its efforts to deliver a World Cup that sets new benchmarks for social, economic, and environmental standards run the risk of being overshadowed by a cacophony of criticism that often relies on standards and frameworks that fail to accurately portray the progress being made.
Concerns about the state of the global environment are widespread. The front pages of newspapers around the world prominently feature articles about global warming, biodiversity loss and pollution. And the extent and severity of these issues have led to a new term being adopted by several United Nations agencies and other international environmental players: “the triple planetary crisis”.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Qatar University's Environmental Science Center, and Qatar Foundation's Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future have signaled their intent to collaborate on a national program to conserve and restore Qatar's coastal ecosystems.
The Qatar Foundation's Earthna Center hosted the Qatar National Dialogue on Climate Change in September 2022. The event brought together leaders from various sectors to discuss Qatar's climate action plans and prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP27). Qatar Shell was the platinum sponsor, with HSBC and the Qatar Free Zones Authority as gold sponsors. Earthna, part of the Qatar Foundation, focuses on sustainability and policy advocacy.
Doha, Qatar, May 10, 2023: As a tribute to Earth Day, the Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future, a member of Qatar Foundation, and the United States Embassy in Qatar, jointly hosted a film screening and discussion at Multaqa (Education City Student Center) on 9 May 2023. The event aimed to highlight the importance of biodiversity, environmental preservation and meeting the challenges of climate change in Qatar and the United States.
As a tribute to Earth Day, the Earthna Center for a Sustainable Future, a member of Qatar Foundation, and the United States Embassy in Qatar, jointly hosted a film screening and discussion at Multaqa (Education City Student Center) on 9 May 2023. The event aimed to highlight the importance of biodiversity, environmental preservation and meeting the challenges of climate change in Qatar and the United States.
Importance of indigenous knowledge being passed on through generations to protect the environment is driven home as event closes
Doha, Qatar, 11 March 2023: A Bedouin environmental activist from Qatar called on every person across the nation to plant one tree as their contribution to protecting their environment, as Qatar Foundation’s Earthna Summit 2023 drew to a close.