The Qur’anic Botanic Garden recently hosted the 2nd International Forum in collaboration with the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and sponsored by Qatar Petroleum.
The Forum, entitled ‘Islamic Perspectives on Ecosystem Management’, hosted specialists in Islam and other faiths, ecologists, ecosystem managers, scholars from botanic gardens, and other relevant disciplines to exchange ideas and experiences about future programs to serve the objectives of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission on Ecosystem Management.
The sessions organized by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden highlighted Islamic principles, values and ethics that promote the conservation of plants, cultural traditions and ecosystems. The efforts of local and regional authorities to preserve the environment were showcased.
The CEM contribution to the Forum explored broader relationships between faith and spirituality and the natural environment and how this relationship can act as a basis for healing and conservation. Sessions explored how links between traditional knowledge in different cultures and ecosystem management and that knowledge can contribute to conservation of nature’s resources.
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden aims to identify new initiatives that can help and promote its conservation and educational programs.
The Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission are seeking guidance on how to build on the linkages and synergies between knowledge-based traditions and environmental management and to discuss how Islam and other religious teachings might be incorporated into conservation initiatives.