Environment & Life Sciences
Reducing Risks, Improving Health
There is exceptional expertise at KISR’s Environment and Life Sciences Research Center, where researchers develop sustainable food production strategies for Kuwait’s agricultural and fish industries, assess and manage the risks of pollution to the environment and population, and address the challenges of restoring the country’s damaged ecosystem while preserving its natural resources. Kuwait’s terrestrial and marine ecosystems are two of the most sensitive and compromised systems in the world. Notable problems include poor air quality, due to dust storms arising from mobile sand movement, and the impacts of oil production and sewage discharge, due to development in the coastal zone. Key issues also relate to excessive water use in agriculture and greenery maintenance, and an inadequate national food control system. In addition, at the food consumption level, poor diets and inactive lifestyles have resulted in a high incidence of nutrition-related diseases, notably, obesity, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.