Tie-up with Switzerland in environmental awareness explored

MUSCAT: A scoping mission by two Swiss consultants in the field of environmental protection took place in Oman from December 20-22. The two Swiss experts made a feasibility assessment in view of a possible follow-up consultancy on environmental awareness in the Sultanate.
To synergise efforts and environmental coordination between government authorities and non-government organisations in promoting the concept of environmental awareness, several government institutions such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Muscat Municipality were involved in the consultation meetings. Civil society institutions such as Oman Environmental Services Holding Company ‘be’ah’, and Environment Society of Oman were also involved in those meetings.
This action aims at building a national clear vision on which targeted programmes are based, and advantage on targeted groups is measured, and assessment of its contribution to the reduction of environmental challenges encountered by the Sultanate in present or at future.
Najeeb al Rawas, Under-Secretary, said that this cooperation is a result of the role assigned to the ministry with regard to environmental education and awareness which is one area of the environmental work that receives great attention from the ministry.
On this basis, the ministry
works to develop the awareness based on recent scientific developments, so the ministry decides to cooperate with Switzerland to learn from
their successful experiences in this regard.
“My thanks go to the Omani authorities, and in particular to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, for their strong support, as well as to the Swiss Business Hub Middle East and the Swiss company Metall Zug AG for making this important mission possible,” Stefano Lazzarotto, Ambassador of Switzerland to Oman said.
“We understand that raising environmental awareness is high on MECA’s agenda and several activities and actions are carried out in this regard. The interviews also suggest that the MECA is keen to further improve its environmental awareness efforts,” Swiss expert Harald Meier said.
It clearly emanates from the feedback of our interlocutors that technical advice, including advice towards developing an environmental awareness strategy, could be beneficial to enhance relevance, effectiveness and impact of MECA’s efforts.
The MECA signals commitment
to define and engage in reform measures.