Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) recently signed a Protocol of Cooperation with the Agriculture Research Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).
The agreement, which was signed on Tuesday, 1 March 2016, aims to strengthen scientific, agricultural, and environmental research in Qatar through the conservation of national plant resources and modern mechanisms in horticultural preservation and agricultural sustainability. QBG’s partnership with the Agriculture Research Department reflects its commitment to enhancing Qatar’s sustainable development and reinforces the Environmental Pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030).
During the signing ceremony, which was held at the MME, Agricultural Research Department Director, Mr Masoud Jarallah Al Marri, said: “The Agricultural Research Department is the entity that represents Qatar in international conventions and treaties related to environment and agriculture. The department also manages the genetic resources of Qatar. I hope that the Protocol of Cooperation will pave the way for us to benefit from these international treaties, and I hope that it will enable the two parties involved to support Qatar, as well as implement the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
The agreement will also make way for a number of collaborative activities, mutual research benefits, and overall development and education opportunities. This includes publishing co-produced research, plant conservation, documenting traditional knowledge and heritage, laboratory experiments for tissue culture techniques, and DNA identification, as well as organizing technical seminars, workshops, and scientific meetings.
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