Event draws national and international experts to deliberate critical issues at HBKU
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), recently hosted the third World Scientific Panel on Food-Water-Energy Nexus (SUNEX) and stakeholders’ meeting. The project, helmed by Belmont Forum, brought together experts from Doha, Berlin, Bristol, and Vienna to discuss best practices and the food-water-energy (FWE) nexus in each of the cities.
Dr. Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, assistant undersecretary and director at the Environmental and Municipal Studies Institute at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, and Dr. Abdulkarem Amhamed, senior scientist at QEERI, represented Qatar in the meeting. The Qatar National Research Fund supported the Qatari delegation.
Attendees examined case studies conducted in the four cities, and considered how Doha can benefit from the experience of other cities to manage socio-economic and environmental challenges within the FWE-nexus. The meeting also served to establish how Qatar could potentially become a role model for countries in the region.
During his opening address, Dr. Richard O’Kennedy, vice president for research at HBKU, and vice president at Qatar Foundation Research, Development and Innovation, said: “The FWE nexus project is crucial for us to assess the impact of extreme climatic events, coastal vulnerability, water security and global urbanization. Together, representatives from the four cities were able to share information, data and scientific studies in order to accelerate progress, and to develop efficient and economic solutions to these challenges.
Dr. Al Kuwari, said: “Concerns in the FWE nexus exist across the world, and it is imperative that we work together with our stakeholders – nationally and globally. This meeting provided a platform to share ideas and listen to different perspectives and to intensify our combined efforts in developing tangible solutions that positively impact our respective countries.”
Sharing his thoughts on the event, Dr. Marc Vermeersch, executive director at QEERI, explained: “We are delighted to host this event as QEERI’s mission is to assist Qatar to tackle the grand challenges related to energy, water, environment and sustainability. This SUNEX project helps us strengthen our global partnerships, and enhances collaboration within the various entities in Qatar such as the ministries, research institutes, and oil and gas companies to reach our shared goals.”
QEERI’s mandate focuses on research, development, and innovation aimed at addressing Qatar’s challenges and priorities. The institute is at the vanguard of national and regional advancement through its energy, water, environment and sustainability, and computational materials and processes centers.