Chang­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal be­hav­ior a na­tional duty: Bri­tish Min­is­ter

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

A vis­it­ing se­nior Bri­tish of­fi­cial said that chang­ing peo­ple’s be­hav­ior to­ward the en­vi­ron­ment should be­come a na­tional duty. In an in­ter­view on the side­lines of a visit to the En­vi­ron­ment Pub­lic Au­thor­ity (EPA), the Bri­tish Min­is­ter of Mid­dle East and North African Af­fairs To­bias Ell­wood em­pha­sized yes­ter­day the sig­nif­i­cance of ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on the en­vi­ron­ment.

Ell­wood called for a col­lec­tive ap­proach for the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, not­ing that the UK’s Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food, and Ru­ral Af­fairs, had started in­vest­ing its long ex­pe­ri­ence in Kuwait, namely to help build ca­pa­bil­i­ties to un­der­stand and mon­i­tor the air and the mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment in the coun­try. The Bri­tish min­is­ter ex­pressed ad­mi­ra­tion of Kuwait’s lead­ing ef­forts for the preser­va­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Mean­while, EPA’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Ahmed Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah said that Ell­wood’s visit is part of the ef­forts to boost ties be­tween the au­thor­ity and the Bri­tish Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, which will be pos­i­tively re­flected on a host of projects. Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Ahmed stressed EPA’s keen­ness on ex­chang­ing ex­per­tise for en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of work, and pro­mot­ing the au­thor­ity’s ser­vices.

Dur­ing the of­fi­cial visit, Ell­wood, the Bri­tish am­bas­sador to Kuwait Matthew Lodge and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion met with Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Ahmed and his deputies for tech­ni­cal af­fairs Mo­ham­mad Al-Enzi, and en­vi­ron­ment mon­i­tor­ing Mo­ham­mad Al-Ah­mad. The meet­ing dis­cussed a host of the ex­ist­ing projects be­tween the EPA and the Bri­tish Depart­ment on the pro­tec­tion of mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment. In ad­di­tion, the Bri­tish del­e­ga­tion was ac­quainted with the EPA’s Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem mon­i­tor­ing the pol­lu­tion rates in Kuwait round the clock.

—KUNA

KUWAIT: Bri­tish Min­is­ter of Mid­dle East and North African Af­fairs To­bias Ell­wood meets with EPA’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Sheikh Ab­dul­lah Al-Ahmed AlHu­moud Al-Sabah.

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