March Talk: Quranic Botanic Garden–Conservation of the Qatari Flora in action.
We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. This allows time to join us for light refreshments, pay your membership dues, and to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM and mingle with other members.
Speakers: Ahmed E. ElGharib, Assistant Researcher, Qur’anic Botanic Garden
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 4th at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).
Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map
Synopsis of talk
Ever since its inception, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) of Qatar Foundation, has been a forerunner in botanical research, conservation and preservation in Qatar. Of equal importance are QGB’s efforts in the organization of myriad of outreach activities that educate school and the general population on the flora of Qatar and the region. Currently, QGBis leading efforts to restore rawdats through tree plantings.
During his talk, Mr. Ahmed E. ElGharib, will provide an overview of these efforts. He will discuss the legacy of his mentor Dr. Batanouny - author of the seminal book “Ecology and Flora of Qatar” -and his instrumental role on the establishment of the QBG. The unique features of the floral assemblages of Qatar will be covered and volunteering and citizen science opportunities in QBG, including in the seed bank, will be presented.
Ahmed E. ElGharib is a botanist and expert in arid ecology and the wild flora of Sinai, Egypt and the Arabian Gulf. ElGharib received his Master’s in botany, plant ecology and taxonomy in 2016. He has contributed to many studies on the ecology, taxonomy, propagation and traditional medicine of plants in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He has served as an in-situ conservation specialist in developing proper conservational programs for the wild plants in protected areas in Egypt, and has been part of ecological studies on endemic species of Sinai, and on native plants of Qatar.
In mid-2008, ElGharib joined the Qatar Foundation as Assistant Researcher, to assist in establishing the first Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG) in the world.
ElGharibis overseeing the establishmentof the herbarium, the seed unit, and the botanical museum of the QBG. He also leads the student’s educational program based on research and conservation.
ElGharib is a member of the Commission of Ecosystem Management (CEM) of IUCN, and a member of the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI).