Arab countries urged to face waste issues

German institute offers help

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 11, 2004

Germany-based environmental solutions group, the Clausthal Institute for Environmental Technologies (Cutec), has warned that the Middle East must pay more attention to the environmental impact of development projects. The company says there is a risk that the region’s massive construction programmes could be stacking up big problems for the future. “It is clear that these countries and cities are developing fast, some might say it was too fast. The question they need to ask is are they only thinking about consuming or are they thinking deeply about the impact of the consuming?” asks Sven Shafer, who works with Cutec’s physical and biological processes division. Shafer adds that huge construction and industrial development can be safely managed, but those who ignore the fact that “what goes into a building must eventually come out,” could be condemning future generations to a poorer quality of life. Shafer says Cutec is keen to assess awareness of these issues in the region, and that it is ready to provide immediate help to companies and governments with concerns over dealing with energy and waste management issues. ”In Qatar, we have heard that the authorities are thinking about bringing in regulations to govern the control, treatment and management of commercial and industrial waste,” he says. However, he adds that there so far appears to be little acknowledgement in the region. “We have had a lot of groups from places such as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, dropping by us and asking questions, but there have been very few expressions of interest from the Arab world,” Shafer says.

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