The State of Qatar, represented by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), marked the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD), which is celebrated every year on May, 22nd.
The significance of this year's celebration is that it coincides the celebration of the 26th anniversary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which was signed in 1992.
The celebration of the IDBD aims to increase knowledge and raise awareness of the importance of healthy, diet and ecological ecosystems, while contributing to the achievement of sustainable development goals, including reduction and adaptation to climate change, restoration of ecosystems, access to clean water, elimination of hunger and other related issues.
The MME stressed in a statement today, that the State of Qatar attaches great importance to the preservation of Biological Diversity, being an important natural asset that supports economic growth, and as it contributes to the preservation of the natural vital system in terms of the availability of water, food and energy.
The Ministry indicated that it is working on the implementation of the requirements of the Convention on Biological Diversity, through operational procedures to be applied on a daily basis, pointing to development of the first national strategy for biological diversity in 2004, which have been updated in the second national strategy to contribute to the balance between the country's large sustainable development components and to reduce significant pressures on the components of biodiversity, including ecosystems, animals, plants and fungi.
The State of Qatar has also adopted legislations to enhance the protection of biodiversity, including the ban on grazing, the protection of endangered sea turtles and the amendment of the law on damage to the plant environment, in order to ensure that such legislation is in line with the management of environmental developments.
Moreover, Qatar has signed and ratified 19 different international, regional and bilateral agreements, conventions and protocols within the framework of biological diversity and the fight against desertification.
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