As an interactive forum that sees heavy international participation kicks off in Sharjah, the Emirate is also celebrating 20 years of proactive efforts at conservation.
Over 120 experts and specialists from the field of bio-diversity from about 22 countries have congregated at Sharjah to take part in the four-day Sharjah International Conservation Forum for Arabian Biodiversity (SICFAB), which is being held at the Sharjah Desert Park.
The event which started on Monday, is being organised by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA). The lauching ceremony was patronised by Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, in addition to other officials being present.
The EPAA Chairperson, Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, took to the podium on the opening day and proudly chronicled the efforts of the Emirate of Sharjah to protect, sustain and nurture the rich biodiversity that is an integral element of the emirate. She said that it was only possible because of the support of experts, environmental groups and the leadership of the Emirate.
She especially expressed her gratitute to His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for his keen interest in supporting environmental issues.