Past Winners

2012 Ford Conservation And Environmental Grants Middle East Winners

Project:
Native Tree Planting Campaign
Participant:
Environment Society of Oman
Grant:
US$27,500
Project Summary:
Dhofar is an area in Oman that is rich in biodiversity with over 700 native tree species identified. However, desertification affected the eco-system negatively and the planting of non-native trees which consume limited water resources and reduce the growth of local species add to the growing environmental problem. With this threat, the Environment Society of Oman launched a native tree planting campaign called “Let’s Plant One” running from April 2012 to February 2013 to combat the problem. Over 12,000 trees are expected to be planted. The campaign aims to spread knowledge among the local population on how to take care of the trees and protect the local eco-system which will help in preserving natural resources. The USD27,500 grant received from Ford Motor Company will help fund the project’s logistics and publication of educational materials.
Project:
Gulf Elasmo Project
Participant:
Rima Jabado
Grant:
US$8,000
Project Summary:
Gulf Elasmo Project is the first comprehensive assessment of sharks in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf. The project investigates the shark fishery and status of shark population in the area through the collection of fishery-dependent data at landing sites and fishery independent data through a mark-recapture study. With this project, a definitive shark species list will be developed as well as establish a baseline of shark population providing ample information for government organisations to identify priority areas for shark conservation. The Arabian Gulf has little information on shark and known internationally as an area with dearth in scientific data on the said species. Receiving USD8,000 as grants from Ford Motor Company, Gulf Elasmo Project will be able to fund the fishery independent survey at sea.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eL1eo2cd9ag
Project:
Inventory of Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq
Participant:
Nature Iraq
Grant:
US$10,500
Project Summary:
Nature Iraq (NI) sealed its fate as the first-ever recipient of the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants in Iraq with its project “Inventory of Key Biodiversity Areas of Iraq”. NI works closely with Iraq’s Ministry of Environment to identify sites of key biodiversity that are globally and nationally important for biological diversity and campaign for their protection. Since its inception in 2004, the project has surveyed over 220 sites. The project’s long-term goal is to publish the Inventory of Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) to build the case for the protection of the important sites within Iraq and generate support for conservation under an official Iraqi Protected Areas Network. The grants received from Ford Motor Company amounting to USD10,500 will be used for translation, publication of the KBA Inventory book and its distribution to stakeholders.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Nzy6COWc1TQ
Project:
Rehabilitating the Forest of Berain
Participant:
Al Shajarah Society (The Society for the Protection of Trees
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
In view of saving the degraded 300-year old forest ecosystem in Berain - home to oak trees, the Al Shajarah Society initiated a rehabilitation programme involving local school children. The schoolchildren who hail from the surrounding areas of the forest will help develop rehabilitation work plan to include plantation of 1,000 saplings during winter, forest maintenance in spring, irrigation in summer and forest cleaning in autumn. Each of the Forest Clubs of the local schools will create a forest board displaying photos and tables to illustrate the progress of the project. Al Shajarah Society will use the USD10,000 grants received from Ford Motor Company to finance planting of the oak saplings, setting the irrigation system and covering costs of the related school activities.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=e1o3LCBFaFk
Project:
Spreading Green Building Awareness
Participant:
Jordan Green Building Council
Grant:
US$7,000
Project Summary:
Taking advantage of modern technology, the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) is creating the first-of-its-kind mobile application for smartphones and tablets to educate the citizen on best green practices. With most energy conservation materials in printed form, JGBC saw the need for creating the app which will serve as a portal for environmental education aiming at homeowners and professionals in the construction industry on how to save water and energy through valuable guidelines and tips. The app is seen to achieve an unprecedented level of environmental awareness through green solutions for homes and businesses. The USD7,000 grants received will be used by JGBC to fund the development of the app which will be designed for Apple and Android products.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=s0jsH5t1pe4
Project:
Training and Capacity Building for School Teachers in Rural Areas on environmental education and biodiversity conservation
Participant:
Diana Marroush
Grant:
US$11,000
Project Summary:
With environmental education and awareness on the rise, most efforts are concentrated on students. Diana Marroush’s project differs from the rest as it aims to educate the teachers, who in turn, will transfer the conservation knowledge to students who will communicate to friends and families. The training and capacity building for school teachers will focus on conserving biodiversity and raising awareness on wildlife conservation in Lebanon. Middle school teachers of public schools in rural areas are the main prospects for this project. The training will provide teachers the skills to spread the awareness to the youth. The USD11,000 grants from Ford Motor Company will help provide funding to cooperate with the Ministry of Education in contacting the school participants, training program and logistics support.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3pcmN3SCexU
Project:
Home Recycling Initiative in Bebnine, Akkar
Participant:
Lebanese Center for Active Citizenship
Grant:
US$11,000
Project Summary:
Household and agriculture waste are considered as one the main environmental threats since they affect, on the long term, the quality of human life. The traditional treatment of the waste (incineration or landfilling) is also considered as a threat to the environment; therefore, this initiative helps turning this waste into organic and natural fertilizers that contribute to the protection of the environment from pollution and produce a “clean” agriculture. This initiative will help achieve some economic income needed by the farmers and develop the rural community.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4GJGA1V1udE
Project:
Sodak Sorts Out
Participant:
Arc En Ciel
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
Following the success of its “Bouchons Roulants” project, arcenciel extends the project to sort out not only plastic caps but other recyclable wastes. arcenciel aims to raise the level of Lebanese population’s practices in sustainable waste management and social solidarity via waste sorting at the point of generation and recycling. In this project, the public collects recyclable waste and each ton collected is sold by arcenciel to a recycling plant. Proceeds of the sale are being used for social service or activity. This time, arcenciel hopes to reach out to a larger segment of society to participate in its waste sorting and recycling initiatives. With the USD10,000 grant from Ford Motor Company, arcenciel will partially finance purchase of waste compactor, awareness campaign to restaurants and department stores on sorting recyclable waste and other related activities.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ag8RAMAsijE
Project:
Production of Energy Efficiency Handbook for Buildings
Participant:
Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) is embarking on an aggressive environmental awareness campaign throughout the Middle East North Africa region through the production and distribution of a production of an energy efficiency handbook for buildings in Arabic. The handbook will consist of methodologies to identify, assess and prioritise energy investment opportunities to help lower energy use and carbon footprint. Facilities management companies, building owners or leaseholders are the main audience of the Arabic handbook. AFED will use the USD7,000 received from Ford Motor Company for translation, artwork and printing 2,000 copies of the handbook.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kZmkn9DJCYI



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