|A model of the
artificial reef ball installed off the Mesaieed
doha • Qatar Fertilizer Company (Qafco) has successfully
completed the installation of its Artificial Reef Ball Project, off
the Mesaieed shoreline.
QFC, with the co-operation of Environmental Studies Centre, Qatar
University, installed a total of 150 reef-balls at two locations.
Announcing the successful completion of the project yesterday,
Khalifa Abdulla Al Sowaidi, Managing Director, Qafco said: "Qafco's
various efforts and programmes to protect the environment are in
line to the State of Qatar's proclaimed stand to protect the
country's fragile eco system. Qafco has identified the protection of
environment as one of its prime strategic goals.", he said.
Qafco is aware of the fact that its commitment to check pollution
should be handled in a structural and effective manner. Hence, the
company has integrated the concerns of environment protection into
its policies, plans and daily business. In fact, Qafco's operations
have been based on a sound Environmental Management System since
1995. He recalled that QFC had won the prestigious 1GCC award for
its best environment-friendly practices in 1998.
|Khalifa Al Sowaidi
announcing the installation of the Artificial Reef Ball
Qafco's Artificial Reef Ball Project is yet another project that
attests to its commitment to environment protection and it is
another milestone in the company's endeavour to be part of the
Government's revived environment protection campaign.
Al Sowaidi said that Qafco's environmental activities are not
limited to any possible adverse impacts of its operations, but
extended to the creation of opportunities for a proactive role in
the preservation of environment and bio-diversity.
Dr Mohsin Abdullah Al Ansir, Director, Environment Study Centre,
made a presentation on Artificial Reef.
Dr Al Ansir said a Reef Ball is a designed artificial reef used
to restore ailing coral reefs. Reef Balls are made of a special,
marine friendly, concrete and are designed to mimic natural reef
They are used around the world to create habitats for fish and
other marine species. Long-lasting artificial reefs are useful tools
for restoring reef systems to a natural and productive balance, he
The function, held at Al Banush Club, was attended by a large
number of senior officials from various government agencies
including the Supreme Council for Environment and Natural Reserves
(SCENR), Qatar University and employees and members of the Mesaieed