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    Algerian environmentalists

    ALGIERS, Nov 25 (KUNA) -- Two Algerian environmental activists underlined on Saturday significance of the Euro-Arab 2006 Conference on Environment, slated for Kuwait on November 27-29.

    In statements to KUNA here today, Algerian parliament member Huriya Buherd said the three-day conference and exhibition was a successful initiative to highlight the world's experiences in the protection of the environment.

    Buherd, who is also Chairperson of the Society for the Protection of the Algerian Township, stressed the need to draw out a comprehensive vision to push away dangers facing the mankind in general and the environment in particular.

    She stressed the necessity to secure a well economic growth to preserve the environment and curb the factors directly affecting this natural climate.

    Buherd said the environment was a central and vital issue on the Algerian government's develoment agenda, noting that efforts have been exerted by the education ministry to publicise the environmental behaviour and implant the culture in the individual's daily conduct.

    She said it was an obligation to have the civic society institutions, organizations and active societies engulfed in the environmental action, underlining the significant role women can play in the protection of the environment as a vital and collective issue.

    She anticipated that the three-day conference would adopt a number of recommendations on the merger of the civic society in the environment action, calling on the Arab countries to make use of the modern technology to have a clean enviroment.

    In the meantime, Algerian Minister of Urban Planning and the Environment, Cherif Rahmani, who is the honorary spokesperson for the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, 2006, told KUNA that the conference bore great responsibility in the preservation of the Arab environment, praising the efforts exerted worldwide to protect the environment.

    He also praised Kuwait, host country of the conference, for its efforts in the environmental field and Kuwait's part in the fight against desertification as a grave environmental phenomenon that has begun to sweep the world.

    Rahmani said the conference undoubtedly would urge the participants carry out utmost efforts to preserve environment and desertification, which constituted a great danger to mankind.

    Rahmani called on participants in the conference to draw out a common vision and define a clear view of problems negatively affecting the environment and to apply a scientific strategy against pollution and prevent environmental deterioration.

    He stressed the need for pursuance of a worldwide environmental policy, a matter, he said, which would be tackled during the conference's debates, workshops and open discussions.

    Rahmani said environment was a culture that should be transfused, especially on the maintenance of water pollution and the fight against desertification.

    Algerian environmentalists underline significance of Kuwait-hosted conference

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    ALGIERS, Nov 25 (KUNA) -- The Euro-Arab 2006 Conference on Environment, to be held in Kuwait on November 27 to 29, would be a mirror to reflect the environmental reality in Arab states, said Algerian MP Saida Benhabyles.

    Benhabyles is also the President of the Federation of Associations of Victims of Terrorism and the President of the Algerian Women Movement for Solidarity with Rural Families. She won the UN Vienna Civil Society Award in 2001.

    In a statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), Benhabyles said she would participate in the Kuwait conference as part of an Algerian delegation including environmental experts and officials.

    Benhabyles said she would contribute to the conference through a forum on the Arab women role in limiting pollution. She stressed that environmental issues and the civil society could not be separated, highlighting women's role in spreading environmental awarness.

    Arab societies should be open to other experiences, she said, noting that the conference would create an opportunity for Arab societies to learn from the European experience in environmental issues.

    Euro-Arab 2006 Conference to mirror environmental reality in Arab states

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    Algerian specialists attend Bahrain workshop

    Saturday, December 02, 2006, Manama - - A training workshop on the principles of environmental impact assessment gets underway in Bahrain tomorrow (December 3).

    The US Environmental Protection Agency is holding the five-day event in partnership with the Public Commission for the Protection of Marine Resources, Environment and Wildlife.

    Specialists from Tunisia, Egypt, the UAE and Algeria will take part in the programme, along with representatives from the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme and the Tunis International Centre for Environmental Technologies.

    The workshop, at the Golden Tulip Hotel, complements an earlier course delivered in Bahrain in September.

    It will focus on the use of environmental impact assessment reviews within an institutional setting and cover the general review approach and address specific tools and techniques for conducting objective, unbiased reviews and ensuring widespread participation in the decision-making process.

    The workshop is co-sponsored by the US International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, the US Department of State and the Middle East Partnership Initiative in association with the Bahrain government.

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    CAIRO, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- The Arab League ministers committee for environmental affairs will hold its 18th regular session regarding Arab environment issues on December 19-20 in Algeria.

    Fatima Al-Mallah, an official in the committee, said in a press statement that the meeting would focus on the impact of intra-Arab trade on the environment.

    The ministers would also discuss the establishment of an Arab environmental facility which comes in accordance with the resolutions taken in the late Arab summit held in Khartoum, Sudan.

    Regarding the study about Arab investment in environmental projects, which was done in cooperation with Lebanon, Al-Mallah stated that the study focused on the role of Arab funds in protecting the environment.

    The environmental ministers would also discuss the blueprints to launch the Arab Federation for nature preserves in order to submit the project to the League's economic and social council meeting to be held in February 2007.

    A report about the activities of the Arab environment and development network would be on the agenda of the session, noted the official who added that a project to launch an Arab satellite into orbit to observe the Earth's environmental status would also be discussed.

    Arab ministers for environmental affairs meet in Algeria

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    ALGIERS, Dec 19 (KUNA) -- Environmental issues are among the greatest challenges facing the Arab world, said Algerian Prime Minister Abdulaziz Belkhadem on Tuesday.

    Speaking at the inauguration of the 18th meeting of Arab ministers for environmental affairs, he stressed the importance of inter-Arab coordination, exchanging expertise, and placing developmental strategies that took into consideration the preservation of the environment.

    The meetings are to focus on environmental preservation in the Arab world, looking into the Algerian suggestion for an Arab satellite that would monitor environmental occurrences.

    Ministers will also look into a study analyzing the environmental status in the Arab region, as well as the Arab environmental network, environmental issues that needed to be observed in inter-Arab trade exchange, and desertification.

    Environmental issues are Arabs' greatest challenge - Algerian PM

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    Arab environment ministers vowed to intensify efforts to fight desertification at the conclusion of an Algiers meeting Tuesday (December 19th). The ministers also agreed to ask the UN General Assembly to adopt a charter on world deserts.

    The meeting gave the green light to the establishment of the Arab Union of Natural Resources and the creation of an Arab Fund for Environment. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem said Arab countries would continue to work together to promote international, regional and Arab co-operation and to preserve the environment and natural resources within the context of climatic changes.

    Arab environment ministers vow to continue fighting desertification

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    Desertification and International Policy Bulletin, Vol. 6 No. 1, 22 December 2006:


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