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Ford Enviromental Grants Past Winners - Ford Middle East

SAUDI ARABIA

Abdulaziz Alagaili, Zoology Department, King Saud University: Can you help me find a place to hide? Alternative roosting sites for insectivorous bats in Saudi Arabia is a project that helps find a suitable nesting area for bats in the Kingdom. With the degradation and disappearance of clay houses, the bats have no place to live and propagate. Abdulaziz Alagaili, the lead of this project intends to use the Grants received to fund costs for volunteer work, materials and equipment rental. Award: US$10,000

Ghada Al Bakr: Part 1: Ammar in the deep sea / Part 2 Wild Animals in KSA – Learn and Colour / Part 3: Play with the environment is a mobile application for children where they can play interactive games and learn about the importance and protection of the environment at a young age. With the Ford Grants available, the money will go towards the further development of the apps. Award: US$5,000

OMAN

Biosphere Expeditions: Capacity building in civil society in marine conservation in the Sultanate of Oman is a repeat winner for Ford Grants. Biosphere has been conducting educational programmes and training activities for local Omanis to learn more about protecting reefs in Oman. The programme has also reached out to over 20,000 Omani school children about reefs, their importance and conservation. With the additional funding from Ford, Biosphere will train four local Omanis who are marine biology students, divers from the Ministry of Environment and other committed adults as certified reef check eco-divers. Award: US$7,000

LEBANON

Green Hand Organisation (GHO): Green Hand Botanical Garden (GHBG) – Iris Sofarana Conservation Garden is the first botanic garden in Lebanon involved in conserving floral diversity both in its natural habitat and species transplanted into another suitable environment to proliferate and propagate. In particular, the project aims to conserve endangered floral bulb species including Iris sofarana – an endemic plant found only in Lebanon. GHO intends to raise awareness through interactive workshops among students, environmental NGOs, private sector and municipalities. With the grants received, GHO will use the funds to cover costs of identification and collection of species, equipment and tools and training. Award: US$7,500

Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA): My Environment, My Home aims to educate the public on the importance of waste sorting at source. The project is being implemented at Ein Zaarour summer camp in Jezzine wherein waste bins, plastic shredders, waste compactor and compost bins will be provided. DPNA will use the Ford Grants to help purchase sorting waste bins, compost bins, hydraulic baler press, plastic shredder and protective umbrella. Award: US$5,000

JORDAN

The Children’s Museum Jordan: Development of a new biodiversity exhibition at the Children’s Museum is a project that aims to upgrade the exhibition that has been in use since 2008. The growing demands of the need to educate more people about Jordan’s biodiversity made the upgrade even more compelling. The project will utilise the expertise of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and together, both aim to deliver interactive, novel and creative techniques to educate children about Jordan’s biodiversity, protected areas and conservation initiatives. With the help from Ford Grants, the project will have support to fund interactive designs and promotional materials. Award: US$10,000

Hikaya Center for Civil Society Development: Radio Al Najah – Generation for the environment is a radio show project looking into developing content and training 30 young adults for environmental awareness and conservation. The participants will create 12 episodes hosting various environmental topics. The Ford Grants will help fund the training of the youth as well as in development of educational materials. Award: US$5,000

Hanan Qundil: Payback – Rad Al Jameel is designed to help in conserving the environment and to enable low-income women in the south of Jordan produce recycled household waste for sale. There are 100 direct beneficiaries and 350 indirect beneficiaries as a result of this project. The Ford Grants will help in funding various aspects of training and recycling. Award: US$10,000

SAUDI ARABIA

Abdulaziz Alagaili, Zoology Department, King Saud University: Can you help me find a place to hide? Alternative roosting sites for insectivorous bats in Saudi Arabia is a project that helps find a suitable nesting area for bats in the Kingdom. With the degradation and disappearance of clay houses, the bats have no place to live and propagate. Abdulaziz Alagaili, the lead of this project intends to use the Grants received to fund costs for volunteer work, materials and equipment rental. Award: US$10,000

Ghada Al Bakr: Part 1: Ammar in the deep sea / Part 2 Wild Animals in KSA – Learn and Colour / Part 3: Play with the environment is a mobile application for children where they can play interactive games and learn about the importance and protection of the environment at a young age. With the Ford Grants available, the money will go towards the further development of the apps. Award: US$5,000

OMAN

Biosphere Expeditions: Capacity building in civil society in marine conservation in the Sultanate of Oman is a repeat winner for Ford Grants. Biosphere has been conducting educational programmes and training activities for local Omanis to learn more about protecting reefs in Oman. The programme has also reached out to over 20,000 Omani school children about reefs, their importance and conservation. With the additional funding from Ford, Biosphere will train four local Omanis who are marine biology students, divers from the Ministry of Environment and other committed adults as certified reef check eco-divers. Award: US$7,000

LEBANON

Green Hand Organisation (GHO): Green Hand Botanical Garden (GHBG) – Iris Sofarana Conservation Garden is the first botanic garden in Lebanon involved in conserving floral diversity both in its natural habitat and species transplanted into another suitable environment to proliferate and propagate. In particular, the project aims to conserve endangered floral bulb species including Iris sofarana – an endemic plant found only in Lebanon. GHO intends to raise awareness through interactive workshops among students, environmental NGOs, private sector and municipalities. With the grants received, GHO will use the funds to cover costs of identification and collection of species, equipment and tools and training. Award: US$7,500

Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA): My Environment, My Home aims to educate the public on the importance of waste sorting at source. The project is being implemented at Ein Zaarour summer camp in Jezzine wherein waste bins, plastic shredders, waste compactor and compost bins will be provided. DPNA will use the Ford Grants to help purchase sorting waste bins, compost bins, hydraulic baler press, plastic shredder and protective umbrella. Award: US$5,000

JORDAN

The Children’s Museum Jordan: Development of a new biodiversity exhibition at the Children’s Museum is a project that aims to upgrade the exhibition that has been in use since 2008. The growing demands of the need to educate more people about Jordan’s biodiversity made the upgrade even more compelling. The project will utilise the expertise of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) and together, both aim to deliver interactive, novel and creative techniques to educate children about Jordan’s biodiversity, protected areas and conservation initiatives. With the help from Ford Grants, the project will have support to fund interactive designs and promotional materials. Award: US$10,000

Hikaya Center for Civil Society Development: Radio Al Najah – Generation for the environment is a radio show project looking into developing content and training 30 young adults for environmental awareness and conservation. The participants will create 12 episodes hosting various environmental topics. The Ford Grants will help fund the training of the youth as well as in development of educational materials. Award: US$5,000

Hanan Qundil: Payback – Rad Al Jameel is designed to help in conserving the environment and to enable low-income women in the south of Jordan produce recycled household waste for sale. There are 100 direct beneficiaries and 350 indirect beneficiaries as a result of this project. The Ford Grants will help in funding various aspects of training and recycling. Award: US$10,000