Doha 05th July 2013: Qatari delegation recently held a 10-day trip to Germany for strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries in the field of biosphere reserves, nature conservation and botanical gardens.
The team visited Bonn, Hamburg and Berlin and four Unesco biosphere reserves in Germany during the trip, which was held on an initiative of the German Embassy in Doha and the Unesco Doha Office. The trip aimed to promote harmonious relationship among the countries and support Qatar National Vision 2030.
The team also held several political meetings, including with the German Unesco Commission in Bonn, high-level representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office and representatives of the Qatari Embassy in Berlin.
The trip was financially supported by Unesco and it was funded by the Visitor’s Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The German Ambassador in Doha, Angelika Storz-Chakarji said: “We are pleased that we could invite this group of 12 Qatari stakeholders from various environment-related sectors to Germany. Germany has a world-renowned profile in environmental management and boasts 38 Unesco World Heritage Sites.”
“I am happy the Qatari delegation could gain first-hand impressions of many of them during their trip. I hope this will further strengthen German-Qatari ties in that sector in a year during which we also celebrate 40 years of German-Qatari diplomatic relations. The embassy is working hard to offer similar tailor-made trips for Qatari stakeholders from other disciplines in the near future,” she added.
“At Unesco we are extremely happy about this important element aiming at international friendship and inspirations into environmental best practices. A majority of female candidates participated. This is a significant support promoting women’s capacity in science-based environmental management,” said Dr Benno Boer, Unesco‘s Ecological Sciences Advisor of the Arab Region.
The Qatari delegation included senior officials from Qatar University (QU), Qatar Foundation (QF), Shell-Qatar, Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute, QF Quranic Botanic Garden Project, Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) and other institutions.