City set to host key environment meet

DUBAI — Dubai is all set to host the “International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Tourism” from February 4 to 6, 2006, which would address issues of development and its effects on ecological resources.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 23 Dec 2004, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:33 PM

Dr Mohammed Ahmed bin Fahad, Chairman of the Zayed Prize Higher Committee, announced the details of the events in the midst of Hamad Abdul Rehman Al Midfa, Minister of Health, Chairman of the Federal Environment Agency and Deputy Chair of the Zayed Prize International jury; and Dr Klaus Topfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Chairman of the Zayed Prize International Jury.

The opening ceremony of the conference will be addressed by Dr Topfer and several experts from the World Tourism Organisation are expected to attend the event.

“Several keynote speakers and distinguished personalities from universities, research centres, regional and international organisations, as well as private sector will address the conference on several subjects related to the theme of the conference. Panel discussions and workshops will be organised involving the tourism industry, governments, international organisations and NGOs, to achieve environmentally sustainable tourism especially in the areas of sensitive marine ecosystems and ecologing management,” said Dr Fahad.

A comprehensive commercial exhibition on Environment Technology, Envirotex 2006, will also be organised along with the conference.

Elaborating the details of the Zayed Prize International Jury for the Environment, Dr Topfer, said: “Development is imperative in the world but this should not be at the cost of the environment. The main aim of the prize is to recognise and promote major pioneering contributions in the field of environment in accordance with the development and philosophy of the late president, Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and in support of Agenda 21, Millennium Development Goals and the Johannesburgh Plan of Implementation for Sustainable Development.”

Worth $1 million, the prestigious prize is the largest and most valuable environment prize worldwide. It was established by General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Defence Minister, in appreciation of Shaikh Zayed’s great achievements.

The prize is classified into three categories: Global Leadership in Environment ($500,000); Scientific/ Technological Achievements in Environment ($300,000); and Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society ($200,000). All three categories are open to both individuals and organisations.

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