Qatargas presented its marine biodiversity projects to a wide range of stakeholders during a workshop co-hosted by Qatar University and the Ras Kitchen Aquarium Research Center on February 23, 2023.
The forum provided a unique opportunity to exchange experiences in the field of biodiversity and best practices presented by environmental and marine scientists, researchers and practitioners from the Ministry of Municipality, Qatar Energy, Qatar Gas, Qatar University, Aquatic Research Center, and other major companies in the field of energy including ExxonMobil, Total Energies, North Oil Company, Shell, and Ras Laffan Olefins Company.
During the opening session of the workshop, Qatargas showcased its legacy of environmental initiatives dedicated to preserving Qatar’s marine biodiversity, including a range of projects that focus on the essential role of coral reefs in protecting the country’s endangered coasts, while also providing a sustainable habitat for marine biodiversity. Vibrant fish, sea urchins, algae, flora and fauna. As the leading LNG company, Qatargas has an environmental commitment that goes beyond regulatory requirements and serves the goal of environmental sustainability with a focus on protecting the country’s rich marine biodiversity. This is an important component of the company’s long-term environmental strategy and a key enabler of the environmental development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the Qatar National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025.
Since 2007, Qatargas has transferred more than 12,000 live corals from nearshore pipelines to marine protected areas, including the deployment of more than 1,200 artificial coral reef units to enrich the local marine environment. It is worth noting that these coral reef units have been manufactured locally, and use a low-acid concrete mix that is suitable for the environment. These units were installed in the targeted locations after undergoing comprehensive assessments of the marine environment. The Qatargas Coral Reef Management Program also includes a long-term post-transfer monitoring process, with all transfer areas handed over to regulatory authorities for incorporation into nature reserves in the State of Qatar.
The workshop also focused on the collaborative partnership between Qatargas and Qatar University in an incubator for coral reefs, the first of its kind, to be opened in 2021 at the Aquarium Research Center in Ras Kitchen.
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