EcoMENA, a Qatari non-profit environmental organization, has won the National Energy Globe Award 2017, one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide. The award is in recognition of the environmental awareness and conservation efforts initiated by EcoMENA through an innovative community-based knowledge dissemination project focussed on the entire MENA region.
The award is presented by Energy Globe Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann. The award is held under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP.
According to the Awards Committee, more than 2,500 projects from nearly 170 countries were submitted this year for Energy Global Award which was evaluated by high-profile experts from the Energy Globe evaluation committee.
EcoMENA came into existence in early 2012 with the primary aim of raising environmental awareness and promoting sustainable development in MENA region, including Qatar, KSA, UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco. Its core activities are knowledge dissemination, content creation, targeted research, translations, youth engagement and mentorship, social media campaigns and related activities.
Before the launch of EcoMENA, there was no dedicated resource portal (in English as well as Arabic) for top-quality and credible information on environmental sector in the Middle East. Lack of access to information and knowledge-based resources was a big hurdle for entrepreneurs, investors, policy-makers, researchers, students as well as masses. “EcoMENA remarkably filled this gap by providing an online information powerhouse freely accessible to anybody having an interest in any area of environmental sector, especially related to MENA“, said Mohammad Abdulaziz Khalil, Co-Founder of EcoMENA.
Within the last 5 years, EcoMENA has built a free online Knowledge Bank of more than 470 high-quality reports, analyses and articles in English and Arabic, catering to all aspects of the environmental sector, including environment protection, renewable energy, climate change, resource conservation, waste management, biodiversity, green living, water management, eco-Islam and related topics.
EcoMENA’s team is made up of more than 150 experts and volunteers and translators from all over the Arab world and beyond, all of whom are associated in purely voluntary capacity. The countries represented at EcoMENA include Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, UAE, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
EcoMENA website is hugely popular throughout MENA and has been visited by more than 1.5 million people until now. “Our work is widely cited in policy studies, scientific research, industrial projects, business case studies and college/school projects in the Middle East and beyond”, said Salman Zafar, Founder of EcoMENA.
EcoMENA has tremendous following on social media, especially Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Since its inception, EcoMENA has been proactively providing environmental stewardship to masses in MENA by empowering them with knowledge and by providing them a solid environmental platform to share their views with the outside world. In addition to being an information portal, EcoMENA also provide expert guidance and mentorship to entrepreneurs, researchers, students and the general public.
Salman is a prolific environmental writer, and has authored more than 300 articles in reputed journals, magazines and websites. He is proactively engaged in creating mass awareness on renewable energy, waste management, sustainability and conservation all over the world.
Salman can be reached on email@example.com.