(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Geneva: Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) took part in the meetings of technical committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that convened in Geneva from June 5 to 9.
Representing the MoECC in these meetings, Director of the Protection and Wildlife Department at MoECC Talib bin Khalid Al Shahwani confirmed that such technical meetings consider the requests submitted by states to incorporate species into the convention's appendices, whether it is a new incorporation or transferring endangered species from the first appendix to the second or third ones.
He noted that those meetings precede the meeting of the permanent committee of CITES, pointing out that the attendance of the State of Qatar, represented by MoECC, in these meetings underscores its adherence to all international conventions and charters relevant to environment and conservation of wildlife and its biodiversity.
He pointed to the major efforts undertaken by Qatar in this aspect, whether through issuing legislations or laws that safeguard wild fauna and flora.
All MoECC's departments are exerting efforts to conserve and develop biodiversity in the State of Qatar, maintain the breeding of these species and provide the conducive environment, Al Shahwani outlined, emphasising that biodiversity is the core and living tissue that supports all forms of life on earth and water.
He pointed to MoECC's contributions in the breeding of numerous endangered species, including hawksbill sea turtle and houbara bustard, adding that thousands of them were released for breeding in wildlife, along with multiple local fishes whose juveniles are released for breeding in maritime development centres in the State of Qatar.
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