The Marine Protection Department at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change organized an awareness program for the members of the Qatari Youth Hostels Association at the Ministry of Sports and Youth. The program included an introductory workshop and a sea trip, during which the importance of preserving the marine environment was highlighted, along with raising awareness about the types of pollution affecting that environment and the dangers it poses to Qatar’s living organisms.
The workshop aimed to introduce the youth to the aquatic ecosystems present in Qatar and ways to conserve them. This was achieved using Virtual Reality (VR) technology for presentation. The workshop also highlighted the most significant risks facing these ecosystems, as well as the efforts of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in protecting them and the strategies the Ministry employs to address these risks.
The workshop also acquainted the youth with one of the most significant aquatic ecosystems in Qatar, which is the whale shark. Qatar’s territorial waters host the world’s largest congregation of these fish. Additionally, the workshop provided an overview of the environmental studies conducted by the ministry to preserve aquatic life, as well as methods for their proliferation and development.
The program also included a sea trip to Al Safliya Island, organized by the Marine Protection Department. During this trip, the youth from the Qatari Youth Hostels Association were introduced to the local plant species that grow on the island. They were also educated about the importance of conserving both the terrestrial and marine wildlife in Qatar. This contributes to enriching the local natural life and has a positive impact on the local ecosystem’s food chain.
The tour, conducted in collaboration with the Ministry’s Public Relations and Communications Department, provided important information to the participants about the different types of pollution and their effects on marine organisms. In addition, the youth took part in a cleanup campaign on the beaches of Al Safliya Island, which was part of the trip’s activities.
Part of the program was attended by officials from the Fish Resources Department at the Ministry of Municipality, as well as the Planning, Quality, and Innovation Department at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.