Building Capacities in Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystems

09 April 2014 | Article

Qatar University hosted an International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem on the 24th of March 2014. This workshop is organized by IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), West Asia Region and the college of Arts and Sciences in Qatar University. 

The Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) is one of IUCN’s six scientific Commissions. CEM is a network of volunteer experts, numbering approximately 800, from around the world working on ecosystem management related issues, for example climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, Red List of Ecosystems, fisheries and ecosystem restoration and services. The Commission works closely with other IUCN Commissions, regional offices and global thematic programs.3

The Commission on Ecosystem Management, West Asian region is planning to undertake the following four International training and capacity building workshops for regional countries during 2014, and the first workshop was held in March 2014 in Qatar University:
1). Wetland Conservation and Management
2). Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem
3). Management of Protected Areas
4). Mangrove Biodiversity and Ecosystems

One of the major aims of the training and capacity building initiatives is to strengthen the planning, monitoring and conservation evaluation skills of project and program managers at regional level.
The International Training Workshop on Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem aimed at focusing the current knowledge and skills about wetlands, biodiversity conservation, management planning and other relevant topics.

IUCN ROWA participated in the four day workshop in order to share their experience in water management and climate change adaptation. The Water and Climate Change Programme manager highlighted the main activities of the programme and talked about the climate change, its impact and the concept of resilience.
He focused on the SEARCH project, which aims at increasing social and ecological resilience in watershed ecosystems of the Mediterranean Region in the face of climate and other drivers of change.
During the workshop, the participants applied the methodology of SEARCH on two case studies from their choice. The first one was Ras Al Shajaer Reserve in Oman and the second was Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation in Qatar. The participants also visited a mangroves area in AL Khawar city in Qatar to see how they manage this area in a sustainable way.