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 current policies and procedures regarding the management and disposal of industrial and municipal waste are woefully inadequate. The policies that exist have not been efficiently implemented creating ecological risks and aquatic toxicity. There continue to be unmonitored discharges resulting in an overall deterioration of water quality. As a signatory to several multinational conventions that set standards on acceptable levels of industrial, commercial and residential pollution, Kuwait is obliged to sustain the nation’s marine, land and air environments.

Goal

The Environmental Management Program assesses the environmental impact of Kuwait’s various industrial and commercial sectors. The Program is focused on improving waste management in Kuwait, understanding and managing emerging pollutants, and evaluating the effectiveness of current efforts to manage both terrestrial and marine oil and non-oil pollution.

Program Thrusts

Monitoring Environmental Processes — Developing tools and techniques to better monitor environmental processes across marine, terrestrial and atmospheric domains. This includes the development of remote sensing techniques environmental hazard assessment, and identification of bio-indicators to assess short and long-term effects of pollutants.
Prevention Strategies — Developing prevention strategies to manage pollution most relevant to Kuwait, with focus on oil and non-oil pollutants, municipal and industrial waste, and emerging pollutants such as pharmaceuticals, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and pesticides.
Defining Environmental Policy — Providing consultation to the Kuwait Environmental Public Authority (EPA) and international agencies in order to define policies to mitigate pollution impacts and rehabilitate the environment in compliance with international treaties and standards.

Accomplishments

  • Established a baseline survey for current radionuclides in the marine environment with the IAEA, targeting polonium 10-- the most significant radionuclide polluting the aquatic environment. The baseline will be used for future radioactive impact assessments.
  • Introduced remote sensing techniques to examine dust storms and movement. The techniques are also used for the prediction of harmful Algal blooms, and the assessment of eutrophication, oil spills and sediment transport.
  • Studied the impact of sewage outfall and discharge accidents on the quality of water in the Arabian Gulf.
  • Completed multi-million KD projects on environmental impact assessments, which recommended wastewater disposal and several treatment measures. Projects include Mina Al-Zour desalination plant and the Boubyan Island.