Muscat: The Sultanate of Oman has celebrated “Oman Environment Day”, which falls on January 8 every year, as part of its commitment to participate in global efforts to preserve environmental resources.
Over the past two years, Sultan Qaboos University, represented by the Center for Environmental Studies and Research, has been able to provide innovative funding projects related to the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Means of the Green Fund for United Nations for the climate.
Professor Yassin bin Abdul Rahman Al Sharabi, Director of the Centre, said: “Sultan Qaboos University has contributed, for more than three decades, to providing innovative knowledge and skills to address the challenges of sustainable development in society and to increase public opinion. raising awareness of the importance of nature conservation and providing a scientific basis for decision-making. Informed to preserve the components of the Omani environment.”
On the most important research projects carried out by the Center in recent years and the role of this research at the university and community levels, Al-Sharabi said: “The Center for Environmental Studies and Research has attracted, during for the 2017-2021 period, numerous consultancies funded by international and national institutions, in particular: The Preparedness Project Climate change funded by the United Nations Green Climate Fund, the Interactive Environmental Atlas and Oman Bird Database project funded by the Diwan of Royal Court , the Urban Development and Comprehensive Transport Plan Project funded by the former Higher Planning Council and the National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategy Project: 2020 – 2040 funded by the Civil Aviation Authority and the Public Institution Research Chair for Industrial Zones – Madayn. »
Professor Al-Sharabi spoke about future plans and projects that have received approval from the Green Climate Fund. The first project concerns the development of a national adaptation plan to counter the negative effects of climate change. This project aims to strengthen the implementation of adaptation components in the National Strategy for Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change 2020-2040. By mainstreaming adaptation into Oman’s development planning, creating low-carbon and climate-resilient priorities, projects and transition pathways, the National Adaptation Plan will also establish a national system project development program that will help Oman mobilize domestic funds (public and private). climate financing from international funds; To set up flexible and climate-resilient pathways.
He said the second project is to prepare a strategy for the development of sustainable and low-carbon transport in the Sultanate of Oman. The complex characteristics and interrelationships of the transport sectors in the Sultanate with the rest of the economic sectors require a paradigm shift and an innovative strategy to achieve higher results and impacts for sustainable and low-carbon transport.
The goal of the Sultanate of Oman through the implementation of this project is to develop a national strategy that defines the structure and action plans with practical policies to ensure a smooth transition to sustainable and carbon-free transport. , and the sustainable and low-carbon transport strategy to be developed with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and financed by the Green Climate Fund is a key element of the government’s efforts to address energy efficiency and its conservation, as defined in the Sultanate’s national program with the Green Climate Fund and Oman 2040 Vision