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30 Nov


11am-12pm – Title: Ocean Commotion

Organiser: Doha Dreamers (Students from 3yrs old to 8yrs old will be performing a musical play: A trusting young Bottlenose Dolphin goes off to play with her human friends, despite warnings about fishing nets from cautious Porpoises. Meanwhile the aggressive Great White Shark is trying to find a good school for his brainless godson Hammerhead, who'll never learn to avoid the dreaded hook. Swimming along in the deep blue sea they encounter many colourful creatures, including Barnacles, Herrings and Tuna Fish. When Bottlenose is captured and taken to a dolphinarium, the sea creatures rush to her rescue. Great White threatens to attack the humans but Orca, a clever Killer Whale, enlists the help of the illusive Blue Whale, who counsels that force will lead nowhere, despite his might; communication with the humans who hold Bottlenose is the way to go.)

12:30pm-4:00pm – Title: Qatar Green Building Council Interest Groups'

Organiser: Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) (To raise awareness about cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly building practices via presentations from our members in Qatar from across the industry.)

7pm-8pm – Title: Our eating choice is our most powerful voice

Organiser: Loving Hut International (A discussion on our most powerful tool to change the global food system, reduce deforestation and pollution, and radically transform our planet into a more ethical and compassionate place to live.)
28 Nov


5:30-6:30 – Title: Radical Natural Climate Solutions

Organiser: Loving Hut International (A discussion on our most powerful tool to change the global food system, reduce deforestation and pollution, and radically transform our planet into a more ethical and compassionate place to live.)

7pm-8pm – Title: Understanding and Responding to Climate Change

Organiser: NASA/UNDP/QEERI (To utilize COP18/CMP8 as a platform for QEERI, NASA, and UNDP to highlight climate change related challenges and opportunities in the Arab region from human development, science, and policy perspectives.)
29 Nov


11am-1pm: Title: Environment and Climate Change

Organiser: Qatar National Research Fund
Speakers/Subjects:

Dr. Hazim Qiblawey, Qatar University: An assessment of present and future environmental impacts of major desalination plants in under changing climate.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, Texas A&M University –Qatar: Examples of QNRF funded projects towards sustainable Environment.
Dr. Nader Meskin, Qatar University: Cooperative Control and Fault Diagnosis of a Team of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles and Robots for Oil and Gas Pipeline Inspection, Spill Containment, Recovery and Remote Operation.
Dr. Reza Sadr, Texas A&M University –Qatar: Atmospheric surface layer study in the coastal region of Qatar.
Dr. Anuj Gupta, Texas A&M University –Qatar: Feasibility of CO2 Sequestration Combined with Enhanced Gas Recovery from Depleted Gas Reservoirs.
Dr. Saud Ghani, Qatar University: Integration of passive ventilation and novel cooling systems for reducing air conditioning loads in buildings.
Dr. Michel Louge, Weil Cornel Medical College-Qatar: Understanding the link between moisture dynamics and microbial activity in mobile dunes.


2pm-3pm - Title: Qatar Steel's approach to sustainable steel production

Organiser: Qatar Steel (Highlighting aspects of Qatar Steel's strategy for sustainable steel production, their recycling program, their contribution to green building programs and support of regional LEED certified construction projects, their sustainability reporting methodology and data verification and collaboration with local manufacturing industries to recycle waste/earn carbon credit.)

3:30pm-4:30pm – Title: Hima, Agdal and other community-based systems for sustainable natural resource use in the Arab World and their contributions to climate change adaptation

Organisers: Qatar Sustainability Network (Arab communities practising pastoralism and other resource management for livelihoods have created and maintained for centuries a variety of practices and systems for coping with climate variability and resource scarcity, such as Hima in West Asia and Agdal in North Africa. They maintain and enhance the capacity of soils and vegetation to store carbon and are key adaptation strategies to climate variability and resource scarcity. This event will discuss examples of such practices and options to strengthen and improve them.)

5:00pm-6:00pm – Title: Can lizards deal with global warming?

Organiser: Qatar Sustainability Network (Speaker: Aurora Castilla - This is a presentation directed to students and the general public interested in wildlife and animal responses to Global Warming. Some examples of how lizards can survive when facing scarcity of food due to desertification will be shown. Nice photographs of animals and habitats of the interesting Qatar desert will be also shown.)


7pm-8:30pm – Title: Healthy Minds, Healthy Planet

Organiser: Brahma Kumaris Environmental Initiative (An interactive panel interview session with three members of the Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative (BKEI) delegation to the UN COP18/CMP8 event. The panel discussion will investigate the notion that real change in any social or environmental systems must begin – and be sustained – in the minds and hearts of human beings, and that expanding the climate change conversation to include the inner personal dimensions will help to advance the agenda and improve action amongst stakeholders in external dimensions.)
27 Nov


11am-3pm – Title: Right to Environment

Organiser: National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) (To show people their right to live in a good, clean, and healthy environment)

1 Dec


11am-1pm – Title: Renewable Energy and Water Management

Organiser: Qatar National Research Fund
Speakers/Subjects:

Dr. Nesrin Ozalp, Texas A&M University-Qatar- Smart solar reactor for clean production of fuels and commodities
Dr. Kilian Bartholome, Fraunhofer - Photovoltaic and Thermoelectric Hybrid System for Highly Efficient Solar to Electrical Power Conversion
Dr. Dragomir Bukur, Texas A&M University-Qatar - Production of clean transportation fuels from natural gas
Dr. Yasser Hussein, Qatar University - Solar energy conversion processes in plants and bacteria studied using nanosecond time-resolved visible and infrared spectroscopy
Dr. Andrea Masini, HEC Paris - Designing, Managing, and Assessing Incentive Structures for Sustainable Energy Solutions
Dr. Mohamed Hamoda, Kuwait University - Artificial recharge of treated wastewater effluent into the groundwater lens to enable sustainable groundwater management
Dr. Patrick Linke, Texas A&M University –Qatar - A systems approach to the development of sustainable water strategies for Qatar


2pm-7pm – Title: Amazonian Day: Full Life Territories or Indigenous Rights?

Organiser: COICA (The event aims to highlight the importance of the Amazonia in the climate change process)
2 Dec


11am – 2pm – Title: Insights for Strategic Climate Change Communication in China, India and the US


Organiser: Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (Researchers from China, India and the United States will discuss the results of national surveys on public climate change knowledge, policy support, and behavior. The results will include segmentation analyses to support targeted, in-country, audience-specific education and communication campaigns. Speakers: Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and Senior Research Scientist, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA; Ms. Wang Binbin, Oxfam Communications Manager, Oxfam Hong Kong, China; Professor Zheng Baowei, Director of CRC and Professor, School of Journalism, Renmin University, Beijing, China; Dr. Jagadish Thaker, National University of Singapore.)

6pm-7pm – Title: How much are you paying?

Organiser: Qatar Sustainability Network (Discussion with Research Associate Basel Daher from Qatar Energy and Environment Research Institute about the real resource and environmental costs required to produce the products we daily consume. Focus on existent interlinks between water, energy, and food in the context of managing these resources while facing current global challenges.)
3 Dec


12:00pm-1:00pm - Title: Can lizards deal with global warming?

Organiser: Qatar Sustainability Network (Speaker: Aurora Castilla - This is a presentation directed to students and the general public interested in wildlife and animal responses to Global Warming. Some examples of how lizards can survive when facing scarcity of food due to desertification will be shown. Nice photographs of animals and habitats of the interesting Qatar desert will be also shown.)

1:30pm-3:00pm – Title: Climate Change and the International Court of Justice

Organiser: Yale Law School (Representatives from the Ambassadors for Responsibility on Climate Change (ARC) will discuss state responsibility for the harmful consequences of anthropogenic climate change and the merits of a clear direction from the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

4pm-6pm – Title: SMARTer2020: The Role of ICT in Driving a Sustainable Future

Organiser: Global e-Sustainability Initiative (Climate change is one of the most significant challenges, if not the most important, challenge facing our world today. Rising sea levels, extreme temperatures, species extinction and other by-products of climate change threaten the well-being and safety of the planet. As stakeholders gather for the eighteenth round of the global climate change negotiations at COP18 in Qatar, the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is organising an event to launch its latest report affirming the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enable the transition to a low-carbon economy. GeSI's SMARTer2020 report shows that ICT-enabled solutions offer a carbon abatement potential across key sectors of the economy that is over 7 times of the ICT sector's own emissions. The event will have a special focus on the findings of the SMARTer2020 report as well as feature high-level speakers sharing their perspective on how ICT can enable a sustainable and low-carbon future.
Format: Keynote speeches followed by Q&A with the participants.
Speakers: Luis Neves, Chairman, GeSI; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Secretariat;)
4 Dec


3pm-4:30pm – Title: Coastal Carbon: Importance of Natural Coasts for Climate Change Mitigation

Organisers: Conservation International/QEERI /Qatar University (Ensconced in the brilliant waters of the Arabian Gulf, Qatar possesses remarkable marine ecosystems, including sea grass meadows, mangroves and salt marshes. In addition to the productive fisheries, coastal protection and tourism potential these ecosystems provide, they also contain vast stores of carbon. But, coastal ecosystems are the fastest disappearing ecosystems on Earth, and their degradation can release this carbon into the atmosphere. Recent scientific research underscores the urgency of protecting these ecosystems in Qatar and across the globe. In this event, a panel of international experts will discuss the importance of coastal ecosystems for carbon storage, with a focus on Qatar's mangroves and sea grasses and their potential for climate mitigation.)

5pm-6pm – Title: Cleantech: the now and the future

Organisers: Deloitte and Touche (Presentation by David Pearson, Global Renewable Energy and Cleantech Leader)
5 Dec


1:00pm-2:00pm – Title: Family fun and healthy living

Organiser: Loving Hut International (A discussion on our most powerful tool to change the global food system, reduce deforestation and pollution, and radically transform our planet into a more ethical and compassionate place to live.)



2:30pm-5:00pm – Title: Qatar Green Building Council Interest Groups' Presentation

Organiser: Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) (To raise awareness about cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly building practices via presentations from our members in Qatar from across the industry.)

6:30pm – 8:00pm – Title: DohaTweetups' Greenup

Organiser: DohaTweetups (The Greenup will host locally based speakers who will share practical and useful information for the broad DohaTweetups community.

Speakers: Khalid Al-Mohannadi co-founded Doha Oasis with Ms. Al-Thani in January 2011, with the goal of creating synergy and balance between Qatar's ecological system and national development. Tim Bouts works as the Director in Qatar in Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, a breeding and conservation centre for endangered wildlife, and is actively involved in the reintroduction of Spix's Macaws in the wild.)
6 Dec


1:30pm-2:30pm – Title: Mowasalat Simulation Presentation

Organiser: Presentation and explanation about simulators and how helpful they are to study driver safety, behavior on road and impact on our environment

4:30pm-5:30pm – Title: Eoxolit's photocatalytic solutions for indoor and outdoor air pollution

Organiser: Eoxolit Sprl (We live in a world that is constantly evolving. In Increasing industry and traffic are essential in order to continue advancing. But this evolution comes at a high price. The air quality throughout the world is deteriorating. This is causing health issues for humans and animals. Our company wants to contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future. The Eoxolit photocatalytic products remove up to 70% of most pollutants present in the air we breathe, indoors as well as outdoors.)

5:30pm-6:30pm – Title - Launch of joint GSDP and UNDP publication: Qatar Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations: Progress, Challenges and Responses for Sustainable Development

Organiser: General Secretariat for Development Planning (GSDP) (Speakers: HE Dr Saleh Al-Nabil, Secretary General, GSDP and Ms Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

7 Dec


11am-1pm – Title: Amuwo Odofin Climate Change Unit Documentaries

Organiser: United Nations of Youth Network (Various works and activities regarding environment, climate change and related issues will be articulated in short documentaries and materials will be made available free of charge to participants)

2pm-3pm – Title: Youth Climate Report Form

Organiser: United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) (Screening of a 45 minute film by Youth Reporters from around the world)