Kuwait City, Kuwait, June 5, 2015 – The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), in partnership with The en.v Initiative (en.v) and implementing partner, the Kuwait Society for Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’S PATH), announced the conclusion of this year’s activities of the annual Dow Marine Conservation Program (DMCP). For its final conservation and education efforts this year, the DMCP hosted an educational workshop for local educators and wrapped up its inter-school competition with a showcase at the Scientific Center Kuwait.
Since commencing its annual program this past November, the DMCP has carried out a total of five clean-ups, managing to collect more than 3,226 kilograms of marine waste from beaches in Sulaibikhat and Failaka Island. These clean-ups engaged the efforts of hundreds of volunteers from across a variety of schools, youth groups and local organizations – including the United States Embassy in Kuwait, Honeywell Kuwait, the Kuwait Red Crescent, Universal American School (UAS), AUKause, R.U.G.B.I.I. Kuwait, Kuwait English School (KES) and Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS).
The program also wrapped up the “Al Yaal Agents of Change Challenge” with an exhibition and showcase held at the Scientific Center Kuwait (TSCK) on April 23rd and 24th, during the DMCP’s Earth Day celebration. The five teams who participated in the research and creativity-driven environmental competition launched last February were selected to present their work to a panel of judges comprised of leading environmental experts, artists and activists. Over 300 members of the public also voted for their favorite project over the course of the two days, and the winners were selected based on a combination of public votes and judges’ scores. The American School of Kuwait (ASK) won first place in the competition, with a project promoting plastic-free school lunches to reduce waste generation and littering in Kuwait. The Earth Day celebrations also featured a number of interactive activities engaging children and adults alike, and showcased the work of other volunteer groups and educational institutions promoting environmental sustainability in Kuwait.
Zahed Sultan, Managing Director at The en.v Initiative, said: “We are very proud of our accomplishments with the DMCP year on year. This year has been a successful one that has yielded impressive results. We continue to work diligently to promote marine environmental awareness across Kuwait, by actively engaging the local community in our efforts to affect real change and drive the local marine conservation movement.”
As part of its education and awareness efforts, the DMCP also hosted a workshop for high school teachers and university professors, which took place on April 30th at Sadu House. The “Al Yaal Youth Engagement and Conservation Workshop” was designed specifically to equip local educators with the scientific data and the practical skills to enable them to engage their students in the classroom, and support the development of environmental projects that promote marine conservation in Kuwait. A total of 22 educators from 12 institutions attended the workshop which included presentations by a number of leading local environmental experts, including Dr. Manaf Behbahani from Kuwait University, Eissa Ramadan from the Kuwait Meteorological Center, Dr. Sarah Al Ateeqi from the Public Authority of Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. Ameera Hasan from UN HABITAT, Fatima Al Sabah from K’S PATH and Aimee Cleary from ASK.
Ahmed Dualeh, Managing Director at Dow Kuwait, stated: “At Dow, we take our role to better the communities we operate in very seriously, and we believe that education plays a vital role in this. By engaging youth as well as educators in activities such as the Agents of Change Challenge and Youth Engagement and Conservation Workshop, we are helping empower those who can have the most impact on the future of Kuwait’s environment, and thus promote sustainability in the long-term. We are very pleased with what has been achieved in this year’s edition of the DMCP, and are looking forward to continuing our efforts”.
Introduced in 2011, the DMCP has been spearheading the national marine conservation movement in Kuwait and advocating the protection of fragile marine habitats in the country, such as Sulaibikhat beach, or the Mangrove Beach as it has been nicknamed by volunteers. The program carries out its work through sustained beach clean-ups, educational outreach activities and volunteer engagements. Now in its third year, the DMCP has managed to collect 17 and a half tonnes of waste over the course of more than 60 clean-ups. The program is carried out under the umbrella of Al Yaal, in partnership with en.v and K’S PATH, as a sustained marine conservation initiative which aims to encourage community advocacy in its efforts to preserve Kuwait’s coastal environment.
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About K’S PATH
Founded in 2005 by Ayeshah Al-Humaidhi, the Kuwait Society for the Protection of Animals and Their Habitat (K’S PATH) is a non-profit animal welfare organization committed to improving the lives of animals in Kuwait and promoting environmental consciousness through habitat conservation and education programs. Its sustained marine conservation program alone has mobilized more than 900 volunteers, 30 schools and 20 organizations since its launch in 2011. Its purpose is to restore ecologically rich nesting grounds that are home to mangroves, flamingoes, mudskippers and hundreds of migratory bird species through weekly beach clean-ups and educational sessions. Additionally, K’S PATH has partnered with the Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to assist in transforming the Abdaliya Nature Reserve from a reclaimed wasteland to a rich habitat thriving with indigenous and migratory species at all levels of the ecosystem. Meanwhile, K’S PATH’s work in animal welfare includes Kuwait’s first humane animal control program, covering an impressive 73% of Kuwait, to address stray dog and cat overpopulation using modern, humane methods. K’S PATH also runs the first and only open door shelter in Kuwait, accepting all species of animals into its care and providing them with food, shelter and medical care. Its goal is to subsequently adopt out and re-home companion animals whenever possible. The shelter facility also provides sanctuary or rehabilitation for native wildlife, farm animals, equine, and illegal exotic animals.
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