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Posted On: 13 January 2015 07:28 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:14 pm

New law ready to protect wildlife and environment

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The Ministry of Environment has drafted a new law to protect wildlife and end the growing violations threatening Qatar’s environment, said the Minister H E Ahmed Amer Mohamed Al Humaidi.

The proposed law is ready and will be tabled before the Cabinet soon for approval. The Minister said the proposed law aims to protect the environment and maintain the necessary balance.

He was speaking on the sideline of a national clean-up campaign launched by the ministry in Rawdat Al Majid, Al Shamal.

The ministry set up a legal committee to amend the existing environment law.

The panel comprises representatives from the Ministry of Justice, public prosecution, wildlife and legal affairs departments of the Ministry of Environment, private engineering office and the Ministry of Interior.

The new law stipulates harsh punishments for destroying wildlife and green land and dumping solid west in unauthorised open spaces, Al Arab reports.

Meanwhile, the ministry cancelled the licences of 10 winter camps on moral ground, Al Sharq reports.

The violators have been blacklisted and will not get licence next year for camping, the Minister said.

More than 2,000 winter camps have been set up this year compared to 1,850 last year and 1,580 in 2013.

The ministry, in collaboration with Lakhwiya Police, launched inspection campaigns to ensure campers are complying with rules and regulations.

The ministry has added new terms and conditions this year, allowing inspectors to enter camps if needed. If campers object, their licences will be cancelled.