On Tuesday, the Qatari Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) announced its new sustainability strategy for 2018-2022.
The new strategy tracks with Qatar’s historic commitment to sustainable development and innovation, focusing on food security, the environment, waste management, and recycling. Some particular priorities in the strategy include:
Increasing sustainable landscaping and parks
Developing smart city systems to monitor and control energy use
Improving natural resource management
Controlling the negative impacts of urban and economic growth
Improving self-sufficiency by further expanding local agricultural production
Several sustainable development projects in Qatar are already underway. Lusail City, a brand-new planned city with sustainability at its core, including protecting natural reefs on the coast, using natural shade to cool public spaces, dedicating areas for irrigation, and protecting local wildlife.
Msheireb Downtown Doha, likewise, is an urban renewal project committed to sustainable development. The new neighborhood will incorporate many of the same innovations as Lusail, including natural shading and solar panels. It is planned to accommodate 100 commercial and 900 residential units, all of which will meet the LEED Gold standard if, not Platinum.
In 2012, Qatar launched the Qatar National Food Security Project to double Qatar’s domestic food production and reduce Qatar’s reliance on food imports. Since the illegal blockade, the effort has accelerated, including the Itekfa initiative targeting and supporting unproductive farms and a $440 million Qatar Islamic Bank investment in a food processing and storage facility in Hamad Port.
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