"Connect2Socotra" Seminar

When :

from Thursday 27 February, 2020
to Friday 28 February, 2020

Type of event :

Special Event

Where :

Ghent Botanical Garden, Ghent, Netherlands

Contact :

Georges Khawam g.khawam@unesco.org

The UNESCO Office in Doha, in collaboration with the charity Friends of Socotra, launched an awareness campaign to raise international awareness on the great richness and the vulnerability of the Socotra islands’ unique biodiversity, its rich cultural heritage including knowledge and practices related to natural environment, and the importance of their preservation. In the framework of the “Connect2Socotra” campaign, awareness raising events took place in 14 institutes that attracted more than 40,000 visitors. This event at the Ghent Botanical Garden will be the closing event of the “Connect2Socotra” campaign.
This event will take place at the Ghent Botanical Garden on 27 February 2020 from 4 till 6pm. It will include welcoming words by the Director of the Ghent Botanical Garden Ms Chantal Dugardin, a presentation on the importance of indigenous water harvesting systems to mitigate drought in Yemen by a representative of the Yemeni Ministry of Water and Environment Mr Musaed Aklan, and a presentation on biodiversity challenges and conservation in the Socotra Archipelago by Mr Kay Van Damme of Friends of Socotra and the Senckenberg Research Institute. After a panel discussion, the participants will be taken on a tour of the “Connect2Socotra” exhibition at the Ghent Botanical Garden’s Victoria Greenhouse. The target audience of this event are students and youth.