11 months ago
The University of
Kurdistan Hewler celebrated the World Earth Day as part of its commitment to
environmental protection and sustainability policy.
On Monday, UKH hosted
a display for the civil society organization that work in the area of environmental
protection. There was also a poster presentation for students who have a
solution to an environmental issue.
Additionally, it also
held a series of talks for practitioners and activists on addressing environmental
issues. In his welcome speech, Vice-Chancellor Dr Mohammed Mochtar referred to the
observable climate changes happening around the world and particularly in Kurdistan.
The Vice-Chancellor said that UKH is seriously committed to environmental
protection, such as recycling of plastic bottles and printing of papers.
In his talk, Dr Baroz
Aziz, Chair of Department of Natural Resources and Engineering Management, highlighted
the human factor’s role in climate change and environmental degradation. He was
followed by Mr Farman Khalil Ghaffoori, head of Department of Environment and
Municipal Services at the Erbil Governorate, who outlined the issues that faces
his department. Mr Ghaffoori mentioned that the composition of Erbil solid
waste has around 35% plastic and 27% food waste. He also mentioned that on a
monthly basis over 2 million dollars is spend on the collection and transportation
of solid waste in Erbil. He added that the most serious issue they have is lack
of advanced and large recycling compounds that is crucially needed to recycle
the 2000 tons per day waste in Erbil.
Mr Ghaffoori’s talk
was followed by each of Muhamad Sidiq Barzani, an award winning nature
photographer and conservationist, and Dr Sulaiman Tameer, head of Kurdistan Organization
for Animal Rights.
At the end of the day,
the students and participants who had a poster presentation were given
certificate of appreciation by Dr Baroz.