The second session of the Scientific Salon series, organised by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), was held this week at the university, with a special focus on climate change under the theme “Climate Change Policies: Sailing in Different Situations”.
Held under the patronage of AGU President Dr Khalid Abdulrahman Al Ohaly, the session hosted the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) CEO Dr Mohammed Bin Dayna, Shura Council Member and Municipal Expert Dr Mohammed Ali Hassan, and Environment and Natural Resources Professor at AGU Dr Mohammed Abido.
In the session, which was moderated by Dr Lulwa Budalama, Dr Bin Dayna asserted that the government's work programme comes in harmony with international agreements aimed at preserving the environment. At the same time, the CEO stressed on the importance of preparing to confront any potential negative impacts of climate change in a way that reduces its political, economic and social repercussions, by taking adaptive measures to confront potential risks and integrating adaptation measures into the core of national policies and plans. Dr Bin Dayna also called for strengthening and building national institutional capacities to deal with climate change and disaster response issues.
For his part, Dr Hassan noted to the role of parliaments in reducing risks and mitigating the effects of climate change in general, and the role of the Bahraini Legislative Authority in particular in protecting the environment. The legislator underlined the important role of parliaments in environmental legislation and monitoring the implementation of these legislations, recommending that such legislations shall be periodically revised to ensure its compatibility with international laws and legislations.
As for Dr Abido, he highlighted the role of AGU in the preparation of national climate reports in several GCC states, adding that the university strives to spread awareness on the importance of preserving the environment and addressing strategic GCC issues, including climate change, and proposing measures, plans and policies to ensure preserving the environment and reduce any possible damages to it.