QU marks National Environment Day

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The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences of Qatar University (QU) celebrated Qatar Environment Day.

The program included a series of events and activities, including the distribution of seedlings, with the participation of students and faculty members from QU, as well as students from several secondary schools in Qatar.
The goal was to educate students about ecosystems and motivate the younger generation to be more responsible for their environment and habitats. Prof Ahmed Elzatahry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Khalifa Hazaa, Associate Dean for the Science and Applied Sciences Sector, and Prof. Mohammed Abu-Dieyeh, Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences were present.
Lectures were given by Ahmed ElGharib of the Qatar Quranic Botanical Garden Foundation, and on the initiative to plant a million trees in Qatar by Mohammed Ali al-Khoori, Director of the Department of Public Parks at the Ministry of Municipality .
All QU students were invited to participate in the two environmental competitions, one of which is for the best photo depicting Qatar’s plants and the other for the best environmental article on Qatar’s plants.
Professor Abu-Dieyeh pointed out that Qatar has among its environmental treasures mangroves, three types of seagrass inhabited by more than 600 species of marine animals and about 400 species of plants that live in a harsh environment of drought, salinity and poor soils. , but they resist, live and reproduce.
Planting one million trees in Qatar means a lot for rehabilitating environmental habitats, reducing air pollution from dust and reducing carbon emissions, in addition to limiting soil pollution from toxic hydrocarbons and heavy metals. This is in addition to the positive psychological impact that trees have on human health and life.
Dr. Abu-Dieyeh stressed that the department will continue to cooperate with the Ministry of Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to plan several joint activities and campaigns, as well as the participation of graduate students and members of the faculty in research on biodiversity and the environment. protection and sustainability.

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