Environment forum calls for national vision for sustainable development

Participants thank HM

MUSCAT: Participants at the 1st Oman Environmental Forum have sent a cable of thanks and gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. They expressed their utmost thanks and gratitude for His Majesty’s attention to enhance environmental sustainability, as well as his support to efforts of conserving the environment through providing the most successful means of environmental management in a manner that serves the march of Blessed Renaissance.
The Participants also expressed their great appreciation and gratitude to His Majesty. They valued His Majesty’s constant efforts in the march of modernizing and development that yielded unprecedented development achievements in all domains across the Sultanate, thanks to the wise leadership and planning of His Majesty that met requirements of the present and forecasting avenues of future wisely. They hoped that the discussions and recommendations made by the forum would represent a qualitative addition for plans and strategies of environmental sustainability in the Sultanate. They prayed to Allah the Almighty to protect His Majesty the Sultan and grant him success.

MUSCAT: The 1st Oman Environment Forum themed “Environmental Sustainability in Oman: Challenges and Future Potential” stressed at the end of its meeting today, the importance of developing a comprehensive national vision to implement sustainable development programmes for future generations in line with the Global Agenda 2030.
Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, presided over the concluding session of the forum, which was attended by experts and specialists who presented a set of working papers that included four main themes.
The forum also stressed the importance of conducting a national survey of all national strategies and policies to determine their compatibility with goals of sustainable development. It also underlined the importance of preparing realistic indicators to monitor and evaluate the performance of environmental conservation in order to monitor the implementation of objectives of sustainable development and the response to environmental risks through long-term strategies to achieve the required sustainability, together with all stakeholders.
Further, the forum highlighted the importance of rehabilitating workers in the green tourism sector in order to increase their awareness of the importance of preserving the environment and encouraging the private sector to invest and contribute to the implementation of environmental projects, as well as the importance of encouraging public and private institutions to create decent green jobs for Omanis. The second and last day of the forum included screening a documentary entitled “The Omani Environment” produced by the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation.