Monthly Talks


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  Iftar at 6:30 followed by talk at 7:30

NOTE: As this month’s talk is during the month of Ramadan we will be offering Iftar to the attendees. Sunset is at 6:22 so the Iftar will be available at that time along with tea and water. As we have to order food it would be appreciated if you could send an rsvp to: to tell us if you plan on attending the meeting so we get an idea of numbers attending. To accommodate those who will break the fast at home we are starting our meeting at 7:30 this month.
We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. There will be time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:30 PM and mingle with other members. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open at 7:00.

Talk Title: CORAL REEFS: Wonders at risk in the Qatar marine environment
Speaker: Radhouane Ben-Hamadou, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Science, Qatar University
Talk Synopsis:
We will dive into the beautiful world of coral reefs in Qatar. We will explore the biodiversity, productivity and the challenges faced by natural and artificial coral reefs in Qatar and understand how we can act to preserve and restore these key ecosystems that provide tremendous goods and services.
Speaker Biography:
Dr. Radhouan Ben-Hamadou, Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences and Head of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Qatar University, is an ecohydrologist and oceanographer with an Aquaculture Engineer and an MSc and  PhD degrees from the Sorbonne Universities (UPMC-Paris 6) in Biological Oceanography. Prior to joining Qatar University, from 2006-2013 he was Researcher Associate Professor at the Centre of Marine Sciences and Assistant Professor at the University of Algarve. He also acted as Deputy Director of the UNESCO International Centre for Coastal Ecohydrology (UNESCO-ICCE) and is co-founder of the International Society of Ecohydrology (IS-ECOHYD). He participated in the launching of the EU-ERASMUS-MUNDUS Master on Ecohydrology, a shared MSc diploma between 5 universities in Europe and South America. He served also as consultant to several aquaculture companies. At Qatar University, Dr. Ben-Hamadou, was successful in securing funding for 4 NPRP projects since 2013 mainly about coral reef ecology and restoraton and several other industry and community grants. He was appointed to the task force to develop QU strategy in 2014 and 2016. Dr. Ben-Hamadou acted up to 2016 as President of the Arabian Gulf Branch of the SETAC society. He was awarded in 2016 the CAS Excellence Research Award. He co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and books and has supervised 13 M.Sc. and 5 Ph.D. students.
Chairwoman’s Message for June to October
Thank you’s:
I would like to say THANK YOU to the QNHG Committee Members for their tireless efforts to put together a memorable “year”. Our team works well together in supporting each other and working to keep QNHG at the high standards that were set long before any of us were in Qatar. In saying that, I think we can set the bar even higher with more volunteers. We could use members to create additional social media opportunities (Twitter; Instagram) for reaching out to more of the Qatari and expat populations. Our Rambles leader, Richard Angwin, is leaving Qatar and, though it pains us, we have no choice but to replace him since he will not be here. (The obvious being stated to emphasize our needs.) Interested in collaborating to put together an international trip for our members? It’s been a few years since there was a trip offered and we’d like to explore that area for next year.
A massive THANK YOU to the members who made all our efforts worthwhile by attending our talks and rambles. We would not have a group without you.
Lastly, THANK YOU to our speakers who gave us so much in their talks and rambles. We are grateful for the time you gave to us and the sharing of your knowledge and amazing expertise.
Now let’s keep it simple and start with June:
Join us for our last talk of the season for one more chance to learn something new and to break the fast together with an Iftar offered to all who attend. With the heat of the summer pushing the mercury higher we will not have any more outdoor rambles, but will have a group tour at Sheikh Faisal’s Museum the end of June. It’s a great way to leave the apartment and a good event for children, too. Details to register will be sent separately.
July through September: You can continue exploring Qatar without us—just do it safely and travel with more than one vehicle and ALWAYS have lots of water and something to provide shade if you get stuck or break down. If you travel to another country, find a way to use the knowledge you have learned here and apply it there. Check on local natural history groups wherever you may go. The next 5 months are hot here and you can help birds and other animals (domesticated or not) by placing water outside your home, on a window ledge or in a take away container in a dry area.
We will be announcing our first meeting via email, our website and facebook, but jot down Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30. A general way to remember when we have our meetings is “The First Wednesday of the month”.
Please contact me at: with any questions or areas where you are interested in serving.
Safe travels, safe summer and enjoy the “backyard” of wherever you may be.
Sheri Kenly
From Our Librarian:
Please remember to return any books that you borrowed from the library. Also, remember to collect your deposit.


May Talk

Date: Wednesday, May 2sd 2018, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)


Talk Venue / Location: Doha English Speaking School - Map 


Title: LIONS: Winners who lost everything


Speaker:  Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Qatar University


Talk Synopsis:

Throughout their evolutionary history in the last 2 million years, lions nearly conquered the world. Then, in the last 10,000 years, they suddenly lost everything. In the last 200 years they have become increasingly threatened. Effective conservation is needed to help this charismatic species to continue surviving. The talk will also refer to the distribution of one phylogeographic group of the modern lion that is overlapping with that of the Islamic cultural area. Finally, the talk will cover several other big cats, including leopards, which still occur in the Arabian Peninsula. 


Speaker Biography:
I studied endocrinology using Japanese quails for my MSc at the Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Then, I studied behaviour and ecology of feral American mink for my DPhil at the Oxford University, Oxford, UK. I have been working on cats, especially lions, tigers, and wildcats, for the last 20 years.

Chairwoman’s note:
Two QNHG talks left and then we are “closed” until October. If you find yourself wondering where the time went and why you did miss so many talks this season, you can still be there for the last two. We have had a slew of non-stop interesting and talented speakers, don’t miss the final ones! 


Dr. Nobby Yamaguchi is great supporter of our group, and his research on the distribution and mating habits of the Egyptian hedgehog in Qatar is ground breaking. This Wednesday, he will cover another research topic very close to his heart: the big cats.

It’s also a countdown for the last few rambles, so make sure you sign up and pack your lunch for fun and informative events.


WE NEED VOLUNTEERS- This month it’s a simple plea. Drop me an email and/or talk to me at the May 2 meeting. I will be there by 6:30 carrying the basket of tea and biscuits. See you then!

Please contact me at:

Sheri Kenly
Chairwoman QNHG


From our librarian:

For those interested to learn more on subjects relevant to this month's talk, stop by our library and check out some of the titles below:

  • Heritage without Borders, 3rd Joint GCC Archaeology Exhibition, Doha - Qatar

  • Origins of Arabia (prehistory and geology)

  • Lost Worlds

  • Sea of Pearls: Seven Thousand Years of the Industry that Shaped the Gulf

  • Pages of Qatar's Pre-History

  • Excavations carried out at Al Zubara - Not to be lent out- Reference Only

  • Qatar and the Sea   


April Talk


Date: Wednesday, April 18th 2018, 7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM )

Title: Between Sea and Desert: Murwab; 9th century Qatari village from the Early Abbasid period
Speaker: Dr. Alexandrine Guérin, Curator of Archaeological galleries of National Museum.
Talk Venue / Location: Doha English Speaking School - Map 
We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we offer tea and biscuits and time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open shortly after 6:30. 
Chairwoman’s note:

As our “season” winds down we find ourselves at the last 3 months of our talks and rambles. We haven’t stopped planning and have quite a few rambles going all the way into late June. There is still time to join us as new members and enjoy many opportunities to explore and enjoy Qatar. Individuals are now QR 40 and Families are now QR 80 as our membership year is beyond halfway. The next time to join will be at the above meeting.
If you have read the title of our talk and noted our speaker, then you know this is not the time to schedule your hair appointment. We are delighted to have such a noted and distinguished speaker come and share with us her extensive knowledge on this historical site in Qatar. Her experience with this site goes back to 1981 and I expect that the majority of us will be taking mental notes of this rarely publicized archaeological site.
Special note:

We, on the QNHG Committee, are all volunteers and, but one, are all expats which means that our time in Qatar is not forever. Consider what QNHG has offered you and perhaps you will want to offer that to others by volunteering on our Committee. Please contact me at: It helps if you are an active member of our group and understand what we do and why we do it, but we can help you move into any position that will be available. A separate email will come out with requests, but if you are truly interested in volunteering, contact me. Even if you’ve mentioned helping before, and then haven’t been around, drop me a note or come and chat on the 18th.
Sheri Kenly
Chairwoman QNHG
From our librarian:

For those interested to learn more on subjects relevant to this month's talk, stop by our library and check out some of the titles below:
Heritage without Borders, 3rd Joint GCC Archaeology Exhibition, Doha - Qatar
Origins of Arabia (prehistory and geology)
Lost Worlds
Sea of Pearls: Seven Thousand Years of the Industry that Shaped the Gulf
Pages of Qatar's Pre-History
Excavations carried out at Al Zubara - Not to be lent out- Reference Only
Qatar and the Sea

Talk Summary:
Our speaker will explain human occupation in Qatar during the early Abbasid period (9th century) through archaeological excavations, surveys and historical sources. Their economy was based on a mixed economy between desert and sea. The archaeological investigations now make it possible to present the village of Murwab with its 44 houses, its 2 mosques and its fortress. The spatial organization of the site shows phases of sedentarization of nomads. Material culture shows intense trade from the Near East to China.

Speaker Bio:
It was during my first stay in Qatar, in 1981, on the Murwab excavation that I decided to orient my future research on vernacular architectures in desert environments (nomadic population), but at the edge of fertile zones (sedentary population). I continued my research by mixing studies of history, archaeology, architecture, Arabic language and civilization. This led me to work and study mostly in Arab countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Syria). I returned to Qatar in 2000, after a successful stay at the Oriental Institute of Chicago, and for 10 years on Abbasid sites and working on trade routes with Asia (Cambodia - Angkor/Burma).


March 28th

of the documentary “Toxic Puzzle.The Hunt for the Hidden Killer” and Q&A” 

Richer Environments Consulting in collaboration with the Qatar Natural History Group, are proud to host the screening of Bo Landin’s documentary “Toxic Puzzle. The Hunt for the Hidden Killer” narrated by Harrison Ford, at DESS on Wednesday the 28th of March at 6:30pm.

Toxic Puzzle is a medical and environmental detective story where filmmaker Bo Landin follows ethnobotanist Dr. Paul Alan Cox and over 50 collaborating scientists around the world, including Qatar, on their quest to learn more about how environmental toxins produced by cyanobacteria trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Ecologist Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou and Neurologist Dr. Basim Uthman of Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar, who spearhead cyanobacterial toxin research in Qatar in collaboration with Dr. Renee Richer and the Brain and Chemistry Labs in the USA.

Donations to support our current and future research projects on these environmental toxins will be accepted on the night of the screening, and/or through e-banking remittances.

For more information please contact
Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou at
tel: 5516 5426 or

Register by filling this form

Event Location and Map
Doha English Speaking School

Documentary Official Web Site 



March Talk

Date: Wednesday, March  7th, 2018
Title: Our Warming World: What is means for Qatar and the rest of the world
Talk Venue / Location: Doha English Speaking School - Map 
We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we offer tea and biscuits and time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open shortly after 6:30. 
Chairwoman’s note:

The March talk is given by our own QNHG committee member, Richard Angwin, who serves as Al Jazeera’s weather forecaster. Who better to speak about climate change?! He will break down this complicated phenomenon and explain the pieces of the puzzle. He will also talk about how climate change affects the world over and Qatar in particular. He will conclude his talk with mitigation strategies and actions that governments are taking as well as easy solutions and actions that we can take to adopt our life-styles and help slow-down climate change.
From our librarian:
If you would like to delve deeper into this month's topic, check out the Report on Global Warming completed by Saudi Aramco in 2014.  For the upcoming rambles, there are numerous books on birds in the library that can prepare you for spotting the various species, as well as provide you with comprehensive birding knowledge, e.g.
  1. An Interim Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia -
  2. Common Birds of Qatar
  3. Falconry and Birds of Prey
  4. Qatar Nature Explorer: Birds of Qatar 

Be sure to check out our library for titles on many topics related to Qatar (and other) Natural History.  Don't forget to bring cash for deposit

Talk Summary:
From Richard: Some people deny its existence, other choose not to think about it at all. But climate change is real, its happening now, and it is going to impact all our lives.

In this talk Al Jazeera weather forecaster Richard Angwin will explain why climate change is such a difficult concept to grasp; why it threatens our very future; and what we can do to face the challenges it poses both to Qatar and the wider world. Because by acting now we can all enjoy a better future with a cleaner, healthier environment.

Speaker Bio:
Richard Angwin began his career with the UK Met Office in 1979.  He became a weather forecaster in 1990 and spent almost a decade providing weather services for a range of clients before working with the BBC as a weather presenter in Bristol. He joined Al Jazeera in 2011 and provides weather forecasts for a global TV audience.


 February Talk

    Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
    Talk Venue / Location: Doha English Speaking School - Map
    FEBRUARY’S TALK: THE MARVELOUS JOURNEY-A road trip from Qatar to Europe and Back in 2001

    We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we offer tea and biscuits and time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open shortly after 6:30.
    Chairwoman’s note: Our talk this month is given by treasured QNHG member Marcello Terzano. He and his family have been in Qatar since 1981. Not only have they seen Qatar change, they have been a part of that change. Their passion for the country has not waned in those many years. I have heard tales of their amazing road trip and I look forward to hearing and seeing more about a journey that in our lifetimes is not likely to ever be a possibility of replicating again. This will be a true tale of adventure and exploration that no one should miss. See you on February 7th! 
    Talk Summary:
    From Marcello: The talk is about a land trip, mainly off-road that I took with my family in the summer of 2001 journeying from Qatar to mid-Europe and back. We visited 5 seas (Arabian, Red, Dead, Mediterranean and Black), and 15 Countries, some of them no longer are open to tourism. During the talk, I will share photos, memories and impressions regarding the cultural and ecological marvels we discovered. 
    Speaker Bio:
    During his early professional days, Marcello had a strong connection with the Italian Red Cross, which still influences his practical daily life, and the WWF. Marcello practiced marine design and construction for part of his career and industrial design for the majority of his career, following in the steps of his inventor father. He has been in Qatar since 1981 with the same sponsor, whom he considers his extended family. He is a passionate proponent of sustainable development and has been a member of the Qatar Natural History Group since 1997.


    January Talk

    Date: Wednesday, 10th , 2018 at 7:00 p.m  -
    We hope you will join us for our first talk of 2018. We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors open at 6:30 PM and we offer tea and biscuits and time to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Our Rambles and Membership tables will also be open shortly after 6:30. 
    Title of Presentation: Education City Golf Club, our sustainability mission 
    Golf and natural history? Absolutely! Most people would not expect a golf course to have a goal of being sustainable, (which at QNHG makes us happy), but this one is and it is on track to win an award for its efforts. Come and join us for this talk as we have the special opportunity to have the General Manager and the Superintendent of the new Education City Golf Club share with us how they turned urban desert into a green and nature friendly space. This new green and multi-lake course has attracted a multitude of animals and birds of which we will have the chance to see at our first ramble of 2018. 

    Speakers: Michael Braidwood and Darren Smith

    • Darren Smith – Golf Course Superintendent, Education City Golf Club

    • Michael Braidwood – General Manager, Education City Golf Club

    Talk Venue / LocationDoha English Speaking School - Map

    Synopsis of talk: 

    Darren and Michael will provide a detailed presentation on the practices that have taken place during the construction of the Education City Golf Club that are ensuring that the club is on track for the Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Sustainability award, along with what practices they will continue to apply to ensure they stay at the forefront of sustainable golf courses in the region. They will also touch upon initiatives surrounding the clubs other core values: Research and Development, Community and Education.

    Short biography: 
    MichealMichael Braidwood is Education City Golf Club’s General Manager. Michael has spent his entire career in the golf / club business starting as a Golf professional (he still maintains his PGA membership) and then moved into club management in 1998. He has worked at a number of prestigious venues such as The Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, Royal Golf Club in Bahrain and Skolkovo Golf Club, Moscow, Russia. Prior to joining Education City Golf Club Michael was the Director of Education for the Club Managers Association of Europe and was responsible for the roll out of their Management development programme and the administering of their two qualifications, the Club Management Diploma and the Certified Club Manager designation.
    Michael is one of just 45 Club Managers in Europe and the Middle East with the Certified Club Manager designation and he is also an Advanced Fellow of the PGA. 
    Darren Smith an Australian Citizen originally from New Zealand moved to Australia in the late 1980’s where he gained his Golf Course Management Qualifications and from there has honed his skills on both pre and post opening of golf courses in Australia. Having moved to the Middle East in 2001 his experience now spans nearly 15 years in the region.
    Darren spent 11 years with EMAAR PROPERTIES PJSC, Arabian Ranches Golf & Polo Club Dubai, where he was working as the Emaar Area Golf Course Manager overseeing the construction component for their international and local properties throughout the UAE, KSA and Egypt. He was also tasked with the responsibility of the Landscaping Division for Emaar Address Hotels during his time with Emaar.
    Darren joined Education City Golf Club in 2013 during the early stages of the project and during the construction period will be responsible for overseeing the golf course construction and ensuring the protection of the owners’ asset, before taking over the maintenance, operation and management of the golf course once operational.]


    December Talk

    Date: Wednesday, 6th , 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

    Title of Presentation: Wastewater: The Untapped resource

    Speaker: Dr. Stefan Uhlenbrook

    Title and Current Work Affiliation: Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme of UNESCO / Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment

    Talk Venue / LocationDoha English Speaking School - Map

    Synopsis of talk: 

    The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource”, demonstrates how improved wastewater management generates social, environmental and economic benefits essential for sustainable development and to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report’s title reflects the critical role that wastewater is poised to play in the context of a circular economy, whereby economic development is balanced with the protection of natural resources and environmental sustainability, and where a cleaner and more sustainable economy has a positive effect on the water quality. The presentation will particularly focus on the use of natural systems for wastewater management in situations of water scarcity countries like the Arab-region. 

    Short biography: 
    Professor Stefan Uhlenbrook is since November 2015 the Coordinator of the UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP, UNESCO programme) and the Director of the Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy. Before that he worked at UNESCO-IHE as Professor of Hydrology (2005- 2015), Deputy Director (Vice -Rector) for Academic and Student Affairs (2000 -2014) and Director a.i. (acting Rector; 2014-2015). He did his PhD (1999) and habilitation (2003) at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He is also a Professor for Experimental Hydrology at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands (2009-now).
    Professor Uhlenbrook’s main expertise includes water assessments, hydrological process research, river basin modeling and water resources management. Many of his research and development projects have identified the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different hydro-climate regions in Africa and Asia. He is keen on translating science based water knowledge to effective policies and strategies that contribute to environmental, economic and societal sustainability. Therefore, he is directly involved in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.
    Speaker presented with small token to thank him to giving time to QNHG members 

    November Talk

    Date: Wednesday, 29th , 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. J. Jed Brown

    Title and Current Work Affiliation: Research Scientist

    Center for Sustainable Development, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University. 

    Title of Presentation: An Underwater Video Survey of the Sharks & Rays (Elasmobranchs) & Fish of Qatar:  Can Virtual Reality Be a Useful Tool?

    Talk Venue : Qatar University Library New (Main) Library B13, Ground Floor room 111, Virtual Reality Laboratory (Women’s side).

    Location map:


    Coordinates: 25°22'38.71"N; 51°29'24.95"E

    Synopsis of talk
    Baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS) were deployed in the territorial waters of Qatar in order to gain an understanding of the abundance of sharks and rays and fish in Qatar. There is a particular interest in collecting data on the status of sharks and rays, as many of their species are under threat. Thus far over 200 hours of videos have been captured, and only a few sharks or rays have been observed.  In addition to single camera BRUV’s, we also deploy a 360-degree camera housing, which produces 360° videos. These videos can be viewed with virtual reality headsets, which may prove to be a useful outreach tool to disseminate information about the marine environment to the general public.    

    Short biography
    Dr. J. Jed Brown was research faculty at the Center for Sustainable Development at Qatar University in Doha. He has expertise in fisheries, aquaculture, high salinity agriculture and has conducted extensive research in this area. He obtained his M.S. from Stony Brook University, USA in marine environmental science and his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in sustainable aquaculture. 

    In a past position in Abu Dhabi, Dr. Brown worked to develop a large integrated seawater agriculture/aquaculture project for the coastal desert that aimed to also produce biofuels. He conducted a large research project to screen various populations of salt-tolerant plants (halophytes) for production under seawater irrigation for this effort.

    He has served for many years as a leader of natural resource management programs and projects for the US federal and state governments, including Chief of Fisheries for the government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

    Presentation overview: 
    Dr. Brown will present an overview of his project and show current results, then Mohamed Ali Hammami of the Virtual Reality (VR) Lab will give a short overview of the VR equipment/facilities and finally participants can watch several of the 360° videos from the project on the equipment at the VR lab.

    To register for this talk, please contact
    Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou, Talks Coordinator,


    Ms. Sheri Kenly, QNHG Chairperson, 
    Pictures  of the speaker with QNHG Chairwoman thanking him

    November Talk

    Date: Wednesday, 1st , 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr John M. Rivers

    Title and Current Work Affiliation: Geologic Researcher at ExxonMobil Research Qatar

    Title of Presentation: The Geology of Qatar for Non-Geologists 

    Talk Venue : Doha English Speaking School - click on the link for direction

    Synopsis of talk
    Have you laboured under the weight of perplexity caused by questions like, “Why do Qatar rocks have gas?” or “Why did a hole appear in the road?”  Have you suffered from sleep deprivation as a result of not knowing why pristine piles sea shells can be found lazily lying on the dry ground kilometers from the sea? Maybe your burning questions are more mundane like, “What kinds of rocks can I find around Qatar?” and, for that matter, “What is a rock, exactly?”  These questions and more will all be answered in this non-technical and informal presentation on the geology of Qatar.  
    Short biography
    Dr John Rivers is a geologist working for ExxonMobil Research Qatar with nine years’ of research experience in petroleum-related geologic systems.  His current research focuses on characterization of limestone sediments and rocks forming in modern Qatar coastal environments, and occurring in the local subsurface rock record.   

    October Talk

    Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

    Speaker: Dr. Anna Paolini
    Title and Current Work Affiliation: UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen and Director UNESCO Doha Office since September 2013.
    Title of Presentation: UNESCO protection of natural heritage: Al Reem and beyond 
    Talk Venue: Doha English Speaking School click on the link for direction
    Synopsis of talk
    The presentation will highlight the work that UNESCO is doing in the field of protection of natural heritage in relation to the new UN Sustainable Development Goal Agenda. The talk will present the Natural World Heritage program and the Man and the Biosphere MAB program, which are important initiatives of the Organization. In Qatar the Al Reem reserve is preserved and valued under MAB definition and the WH site of Zubara is part of it. Nevertheless, many challenges are still present in the management of the reserve and there is a need for more engagement from the private-public sector to highlight its values.
    Short biography
    Dr. Paolini was UNESCO Representative and Head of Office in Uzbekistan from 2007 to 2009 and later she covered the same position in Jordan. In 1992, she joined UNESCO as specialist in the field of culture at the Regional Office in Amman. In 1997, she moved to UNESCO HQ covering several positions within the Culture Sector including being responsible of movable heritage activities and on heritage in conflict response in the Arab region. Prior to that, she held a research associate role at the Institute of Architecture of Venice, worked in restoration in Italy and carried out research in the field of urban rehabilitation in several Arab and African countries. She holds a Master’s degrees in Architecture and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning for Developing Countries, a post-graduate degree on Development Cooperation, as well as a Ph.D. in Urban and Territorial Engineering. Dr. Paolini is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the Italian Association of Professional Architects and is author of several papers on different cultural heritage subjects.