March 5, 2013

QF Setting Up Climate Change Research Institute

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Qatar Foundation, in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is setting up a pioneering Climate Change Research Institute and a Global Climate Change Forum. It will be based in Qatar.

The Institute, the first of its kind in the region, will seek to fill critical gaps in research on mitigation, adaptation and climate resiliency for key regions such as tropics, sub-tropics and dry lands.

Faisal M Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation, explained that the partnership would allow the country to develop a blueprint for progress and to evolve into a hub for advanced research and technologies.

“Qatar Foundation is very proud to collaborate with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research to establish the Climate Change Research Institute in Qatar. By fostering collaborations and sharing knowledge, we are certain that we can build the capacity and technology required to address the challenges at hand, to adapt and to mitigate environmental risks,” said Alsuwaidi.

Some of the important research topics that will be tackled by the new institute will include extreme events, water systems, ecosystems, food production, public health, and sustainable urban development. An important aspect of the forum’s mandate is to identify knowledge gaps and initiate joint research activities that will be beneficial for all involved.