Doha, March 06 (QNA) - Hamad Bin Khalifa Universitys (HBKU) College of Law collaborated with the University of Jordan and the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in Middle East and North African Universities (ASSELLMU) to jointly host the 4th MENA Environmental Law and Policy Scholars Conference.
Organized under the theme "Law on Biodiversity, Nature Conservation and the Protection of Cultural Heritage in the Middle East and North Africa Region," the conference brought together educators and researchers from the environmental sector to exchange knowledge on how to strengthen biodiversity law practice, education, and implementation across the region.
Through workshops and seminars, the participants highlighted national, regional, and international aspects of biodiversity law, including the status of teaching and practice of biodiversity and environmental law in MENA countries, as well as domestic and regional approaches to the regulation of biodiversity.
Commenting on hosting the conference, Dean Susan Karamanian of HBKU Law said: "Biodiversity law is a powerful tool that protects our cultural heritage as much as our natural environment. Through our partnership with ASSELLMU, the University of Jordan and the financial support of UNEP, we hope to strengthen both the framework of environmental law in the region and strengthen the pedagogy of educational programs in this field. Together, we are eager to continue contributing toward the realization of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals and Qatars National Vision 2030."
"This years conference has greatly highlighted the important roles of environmental education and research in accelerating the preservation of nature and cultural heritage, especially in light of the urgent threats posed by climate change. The UNESCO Chair on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at HBKU will continue to work closely with ASSELLMU and other regional and international knowledge partners to unearth innovative programs that would strengthen biodiversity law practice, education, and implementation across the region." said Dr. Damilola Olawuyi, Professor of Law and UNESCO Chair on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at HBKU and Chair of ASSELLMU.
HBKUs College of Law continues to work closely with top-tier local and international partners to help build expertise and research capacity in Qatar and beyond. Carefully designed auxiliary programs reflect the Colleges relevance to government and corporate leaders, locally and globally. (QNA)