Past Winners

2013 Ford Conservation And Environmental Grants Middle East Winners

Jordan

Project:
"Integrating Falconry Display in a Unique Safari Program in Eastern Jordan at Shaumari Wildlife Reserve"
Participant:
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN)
Grant:
US$7,000
Project Summary:
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) received a US$7,000 grant to help enrich the safari program in Eastern Jordan at the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve which adds a falconry display. The display allows visitors to have a closer look at birds of prey especially falcons. Part of this project is to raise the awareness and respect toward these birds where the chance of their conservation will be enhanced.
Project:
“Learning Tree”
Participant:
Raed Abu Hayyaneh
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
Project Learning Tree by Raed Abu Hayyaneh was awarded US$5,000 to raise awareness among students on how to conserve energy, water as well as recycling.
Project:
JO-Green Competition
Participant:
Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD)
Grant:
US$6,000
Project Summary:
The JO-Green Competition capacity-building tool project which targets students of various engineering disciplines was granted US$6,000. Submitted by Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD), the project introduces green building concepts as well as the latest developments and technologies in this field through training workshops.
Project:
Household Guide For Safe Use of Household Chemicals
Participant:
Ahmad Jamil Al Kofahi
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
Ahmad Jamil Al Kofahi received US$5,000 for his project to raise awareness on the risk of household chemicals and recommend healthier and safer alternatives to housewives.
Project:
Club Jordan Green School in Prince Hamzah Bin Al Hussein
Participant:
Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein School
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
The Prince Hamzah bin Al Hussein School received US$5,000 for its Club Jordan Green project aimed at increasing environmental awareness and preservation of the environment. The project actively involves students of the school in finding ways to recycle solid waste and paper.

Lebanon

Project:
“Sodak the Champion”
Participant:
Arcenciel Environment program
Grant:
US$6,000
Project Summary:
The arcenciel’s “Sodak the Champion” educational initiative was granted US$6,000. Seeing the effectiveness of animated movies, arcenciel is producing an animation to spread awareness in preserving the environment. Following the success of a previous animated project, the group is creating “Sodak the Champion” with a theme of sustainable waste management.
Project:
“GLOBE Lebanon”
Participant:
Association for Forests, Development and Conservation
Grant:
US$3,000
Project Summary:
The Association for Forests, Development and Conservation, through its project “GLOBE Lebanon” received a grant of US$3,000. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), is an international programme to promote and support students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system. In Lebanon, the program started in 1998 after the agreement between the US Embassy, the Ministry of Environment and The Association for Forests Development & Conservation (AFDC) assigned as the Country Coordinator for the programme. To date, more than 35 private and public schools in Lebanon are involved in the GLOBE Lebanon. Since its kickoff in Lebanon, several trainings were conducted for school teachers on GLOBE science protocols, organizing GLOBE games (such as mini-football tournament with US Embassy in Lebanon), organizing and participating in regional and international GLOBE conferences.
Project:
“Recycling and Composting of Organic Waste in Bebnine, Akkar”
Participant:
Lebanese Center for Active Citizenship
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
The Lebanese Center for Active Citizenship received a US$10,000 grant for its project entitled Recycling and Composting of Organic Waste in Bebnine, Akkar. In continuation of a project implemented in 2012, the project focuses on the training of 75 housewives on how to sort organic waste from the kitchen. The group will distribute containers to households in order to collect the organic waste and send it for composting in a natural way. The final product will be an organic fertilizer to be given to farmers for use as an effective alternative for chemical fertilizers.
Project:
“Save the River (Sarkhat Nahr)”
Participant:
Al Safadi Foundation
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:

This project comes as part of contributing to the preservation of one of the rivers of Lebanon's ancient Abu Ali river located in Tripoli, Lebanon which symbolizes a vital artery in various fields of environmental, aesthetic and history. The river is prone to abuse due to the fact that it’s located in the heart of the city and waste is wantonly dumped.

The project will work on saving the river through the completion of the project "Environmental Club" and "Environmental Cop" to actively engage the participation of the community. The watchdog groups will raise awareness not only in the environmental importance to save the river but also make the community aware of the dangers to their health of a polluted river. It is also hoped that through this project, the history of the river will be preserved for generations to come.

Project:
“Eco Truck”
Participant:
Lebanese Solar Energy Society (LSES)
Grant:
US$10,000
Project Summary:
The Lebanese Solar Energy Society received US$10,000 for their “EcoTruck” project. The EcoTruck is a renewable energy demonstration truck which introduces students to renewable energy and the transformation of energy from one type to another. It demonstrates different green technologies including solar water heating, PV electricity systems, wind energy systems, biomass thermal heat generation, and other technologies. It also provides educational material such as computers and LCD screens, as well as books and pamphlets adapted to various age levels. This aims at raising awareness among students and helps raise an environmentally aware generation.

Iraq

Project:
“Save the Water”
Participant:
Independent Media in Kurdistan
Grant:
US$2,500
Project Summary:
The Independent Media Center in Kurdistan has been awarded US$2,500 for its “Save the Water” project in Kurdistan. The winning project aims to educate journalists about water issues and sustainability and stimulate them to think about the importance of saving water from a journalists’ perspective.

UAE

Project:
“Virtual Energy”
Participant:
Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
For its smartphone app, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) received USD5,000 which will allow users to conduct simple energy audits at home and compare outcomes with neighbours and users across the globe. By leveraging a competitive element and social media, users can plan for their energy use. Also, while pursuing own financial savings, the app will explain how to reduce their resource consumption patterns. The App would cover primarily energy and is expected to link to utilities (ie. DEWA). The project is highly educational, carries no cost and is both replicable and scalable.
Project:
“Urchins vs Fish: Who will help our reefs under climate change?”
Participant:
Emirates Diving Association
Grant:
US$5,750
Project Summary:
Previous winner, Emirates Diving Association is once again one of the recipients of Ford Grants with USD5,750 for its project, Urchins versus fish: Who will help our reefs under climate change? The results obtained in this project will enable to identify potential changes in herbivore guilds in extreme environments and how these changes may affect the benthic community, locally and worldwide. For this research, tiles covered with algae will be placed on Arabian Gulf reefs, as well as in the Gulf of Oman’s reefs. With the use of video and recruitment tiles, the project intends to understand how different herbivores, under extreme oceanographic conditions, affect the benthic community. The results can help in predicting modifications that are likely to occur in local and worldwide reefs as a consequence of climate change.
Project:
“Enhancing coral reef recovery in the Arabian Gulf”
Participant:
New York University Abu Dhabi
Grant:
US$5,750
Project Summary:
New York University Abu Dhabi received USD5,750 for its coral reef protection in the UAE project where it has been monitoring more than16 reefs since 2009. UAE reefs have been affected by high temperature 'bleaching', algal blooms, cyclones and other factors that resulted in substantial loss of reefs. The university’s monitoring throughout the UAE has shown limited reef recovery in recent years. The project aims to enhance conservation of UAE reefs by identifying factors limiting the re-seeding of reefs by planktonic coral larvae - a process essential for recovery of impacted reefs. The grant will be applied to continue measuring the reproductive output of adult corals (egg counts), the supply of coral larvae to the reefs (settlement tiles) and dispersal patterns of coral larvae between reefs (genetic analyses) on UAE reefs found in both the Arabian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. The project will also develop methods for aquaculture of coral larvae for assisted re-seeding if reefs are unable to recover naturally.
Project:
“Involving Local People and the Community in Desert Species Conservation in the UAE”
Participant:
Biosphere Expeditions
Grant:
US$5,000
Project Summary:
Biosphere Expeditions received a USD5,000 grant for its project involving local people and the community in desert species conservation in the UAE. Together with scientists of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), Biosphere Expedition has established a volunteer project that helps DDCR executives manage desert flagship species such as Arabian oryx, Gordon’s wildcat and Macqueen’s bustard in the reserve. All three species are on the IUCN Red list and this project is an important component of international efforts to secure their survival. However, at the moment volunteers are mainly from outside the UAE with little local involvement. The USD5,000 grant will be used to involve the community in conservation efforts through education, training, capacity-building and direct, hands-on involvement in the field.

Qatar

Project:
“Georgetown Recycles!”
Participant:
Georgetown University - Qatar
Grant:
US$7,500
Project Summary:
Georgetown University’s project entitled Georgetown Recycles received US$7,500 for its recycling and composting programs in school. In 2011, Georgetown University was determined to start a functioning program for the university to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Since then Georgetown University had been recycling paper, metal and plastic and collects batteries for future recycling. The campus also has a simple composting program that uses the coffee grinds from the pantry to amend the soil on the campus.

Saudi Arabia

Project:
“Curriculum Design for Wilderness Leadership Education in Arabia”
Participant:
Aishah Abdallah
Grant:
US$6,500
Project Summary:
The project is a curriculum outline for wilderness leadership programs in the Arabian Peninsula designed to prepare wilderness leaders who are competent to plan and carry out environmentally-sound expeditions, to live and travel in wild lands safely and responsibly with minimal environmental impact. It is tailored to the natural ecosystems of the Arabian Peninsula, the activities and wilderness skills that are suited to them, and the heritage of cultural values, as well as constraints and opportunities of the society.



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