The Environment and Life Sciences Research Center - A pioneer in Addressing the Nation’s Most Pressing Environmental and Life Sciences Challenges, Reducing Environmental Risks, and Improving Public 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.

Key Achievements

Nutrition: Conducted the first national nutrition survey for Kuwait and designed interventions customized for Kuwait’s nutrition security for a healthy and active life.

Protected Agriculture: Introduced and adopted state-of the– art innovations and



Dr. Faiza Al-Yamani 
Executive Director/ELSRC


advanced technology for protected agriculture and the use of eco-friendly material for soilless cultivation.

Silver Pomfret Aquaculture: Pioneered research into breeding zobaidy (white pomfret) under domestic aquaculture conditions.

Sand Stabilization: Developed techniques to promote sand stabilization by identifying plant species, locations, and irrigation systems that reduce the environmental impacts that destabilize and disperse soil.

Future Challenges
  • Maintain the viability of Kuwait’s natural resources and environment in conjunction with strategies for sustainable economic development.

  • Increase the quantity, quality, and competitiveness of the nation’s food supply to improve overall food security.

  • Improve the food safety and nutritional health and wellness of Kuwait’s population.

  • Improve management techniques and technologies of the domestic agriculture and fisheries