Experts with Multidisciplinary Backgrounds
Understanding Terrestrial Biodiversity
Supporting the National Aquaculture Industry
Developing Efficient Food Production Techniques
Biodiversity, Conservation, and Ecosystem Management

Challenge

Kuwait’s economic growth and resulting shoreline development have resulted in a compromised marine ecosystem and the degradation of various marine species’ habitats. Marine ecosystem biodiversity has also been affected by the unregulated ex- ploitation of the marine environment by the fishing industry and by the unregulated discharge of the sewage, oil, and desali- nation industries. As  a result of the above, abundance of fishery stocks was overfished that it only meet 10 to 20% of the nation’s demand.

 

Goal

The researchProgram will conduct ecosystem-based research to assess the impact of local industries, as well as climate change, on the marine ecosystem of Kuwait, the Shatt Al-Arab River, and the greater Arabian Gulf. The Program will suggest sound national policies to ensure the sustainable exploitation of these shared national and regional treasures.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Conservation of Marine Resources: Assess the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems, pursue opportunities to coordinate regional fish management planning, and establish marine  protected areas.
  • Environmental Monitoring and Database Development: Identify and characterize the relationship among climate change, the Shaat Al-Arab River’s flow dynamics, and the prevalence of harmful algal blooms, and their impact on marine ecosystem.
  • Fisheries Ecosystem-based Management: Use oceanographic and fisheries data to study and model the interrelationships of various species, their life cycles, and their impacts on food chain dynamics.
  • Efficient Marine Resources Management: Recommend policy to conserve marine biodiversity and promote efficient marine resource management in collaboration with national and regional stakeholders.