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Qatar - Overview

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Main References

National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Other Information about National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plans

Fifth National Report



National Website


Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

Qatar is a peninsula located on the west bank of the Arabian Gulf, and is connected by land to Saudi Arabia (Arabian peninsula) on it's southern border. It has an arid climate, hot between June and August and pleasant between November and February, the average maximum and minimum temperatures being 31ºC and 22ºC respectively... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

Qatar has established 5 terrestrial protected areas accounting for about 18% of the total land area, and 3 marine protected areas, nearly all habitat types being represented in the protected areas (PA) network. Two new sites are being proposed for designation as PAs.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

Qatar’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan was finalized in October 2004. Based on an assessment of the status of biodiversity in the country, Qatar’s NBSAP identified a total of 11 strategic goals under the following titles: protected areas, ecotourism sites and facilities, marine and coastal resources, rangelands and desertification, agrobiodiversity and desertification, environmental legislation, scientific research, education and public awareness, invasive alien species and biosafety standards, environmental monitoring and environmental impact assessments, and multilateral environmental agreements... More »

Implementation of the Convention

Measures Taken to Achieve the 2010 Target

The country is firmly committed to achieving the 2010 Target, by implementing the provisions of the CBD and other biodiversity treaties such as CITES and CCD to which Qatar is a Party.

Legislation has been enacted to deal with with habitat protection and species conservation, addressing issues like overgrazing, hunting, wildlife trade, etc ... More »

Initiatives in Protected Areas

Qatar has achieved a substantial increase in the coverage of the protected area (PA) system by the designation of new areas for protection. Capacity improvement for the effective management of the PAs is regularly being undertaken and the legal regime for protection is also being strengthened.

Several protected areas serve as sites for the restoration of endangered wildlife species through reintroductions... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Mr. Ghanim Abdulla Mohammad
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Mr. Ghanim Abdulla Mohammad
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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