Sesam Business Consultants already organized Dubai Green and Abu Dhabi Green in 2008.

Following these events the Friends of Environment Centre, Sesam Business Consultants and UNESCO are organizing the Doha Green Conference and Workshops.

The concept to the Qatar-specific requirements is taking into consideration the local status of sustainable building activities, the long-term vision, current and upcoming initiatives and the driving parties involved in this process.

As all previous conferences, "Doha Green " will be made CO2-neutral by investments into carbon offsetting projects. We leave a green Footprint!

Day 1 - Conference Program December 9, 2009

: The MOEVENPICK Towers & Suites
 8:00 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

Morning Session

9:00 am   Opening Ceremony Welcome Note
Dr. Nessreen Al Hashemi
Friends of Environment Center (FEC)

Address by Mr. Saleh Sourour, National Commission
Address by Dr. Benno Boer, UNESCO
Address by Mr. Seetharaman, Doha Bank

9:45 am – 1:05 pm- Session I
Sustainable Building Concepts in Qatar and the Gulf
Chairwoman: Dr. Nessreen Al-Hashimi (FEC)

Mario Seneviratne (Green Technologies) Market Transformation towards Sustainability
Dr. Saleh Mohamed Alnabit
(General Secretariat for Development Planning)
Qatar National Vision 2030 - Sustainability Goals
Ahmed Jassim Al Jolo
(Qatar Society of Engineers)
The Role of The Qatar Society of Engineers in promoting the concept of sustainable (green) projects in Qatar
Coffee Break
Alf Ziegler
(Qatar Bahrain Causeway JV)
Green Building case studies in Qatar, the Qatar Bahrain Cause Way
Dr. Ronald Loughland
(AES International Consultants)
The importance of the marine environment for urban development in the Gulf
Dr. Benno Boer (UNESCO) The importance of terrestrial environmental resources for urban ecosystem development in the Gulf
Lunch Break
Afternoon Session

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm- Session II
Practical applications towards better environmental performance of urban ecosystems in the Gulf:

I. Sustainable Water Management
Chairman: Dr. Benno Boer (UNESCO Office in Doha)

Grant Donald (Silk Tree) Green is not just about buildings
Toufic Halabi
Saving water through sanitary applications
Kay Gabriel (ItN Nanovation AG) Total Water Management Concept
Peter Neuschaefer (Wagner Biro) Biological waste water treatment through wetland construction
Coffee Break
II. Renewable Energy and Recycling Strategies
Chairman: Christian von Tschirschky (AT Kearney)
Christian von Tschirschky (AT Kearney) Opportunities for Solar Energy in the Middle East
Murat Aydemir (Viessmann) Solar Thermal Systems, Design and Applications in the Gulf
Kiomars Dabbagh(Schott ME) Off grid solar applications
Jim Straker
(SMEC International)
a waste management review – possibilities to make a change with recycling

Day 2 – Workshops - December 10, 2009

Location: The MOEVENPICK Towers & Suites
 8:00 am: Registration and Welcome Coffee

Workshop 1

9:00 am – 2:50 pm
I. Water Management Strategies

Mario Seneviratne
(Green Technologies)
Integrated strategy for water use reduction
Coffee Break
Kay Gabriel
(ItN Nanovation AG)
Water Treatment Technologies in the GCC
Lunch Break
Grant Donald
(Silk Tree)
Creating green landscapes by adapting local vegetation

(Consulting) (Chair+President of Sustainable Qatar)
Green roofing strategies
Coffee Break


Workshop 2

3:20 pm – 6:00 pm
II. Renewable Energy Strategies

Hendrik Bohne
Photovoltaic technology and regional applications
Murat Aydemir
Designing solar thermal applications
Mahmoud Riad
(AES International Consultants)
Municipal Solid Waste Management within the Urban Environment

Proven contributors to global warming are the emissions of greenhouse gases, one of them, with the biggest percentage in contribution, is carbon dioxide, CO2. In our everyday life it is unavoidable to cause CO2 emission and leave a so-called CO2 footprint.

Traveling for 100km by car in a regular car produces 19kg CO2.
One year use of a fridge can cause a CO2 emission of around 100kg CO2year.
A roundtrip flight (economy) from London to Doha will produce 2.2tonnes of CO2 emission.

But it is possible to compensate unavoidable CO2 emissions by projects that lead to a direct greenhouse gas reduction, support climate protection and
sustainable development. These so called “offset projects”, offered by our cooperation partner EcoVentures, have to fulfill strict regulations. For
more information please visit

The organizer undertakes to offset the full amount of CO2 emission caused by the event. It is our aim to lead with a good example and to leave a green footprint.

Registration Online

Registration options (full day catering is included in the registration fees):

1. Doha Green Conference (December 9, 2009) including Certificate of Attendance issued by
    UNESCO in Doha

  • Registration fee of 80 USD (300 QR) per delegate from November 24  till December 5, 2009

2. Doha Green Conference AND Workshops (December 9/10, 2009) including Certificate of
    Attendance issued by UNESCO in Doha

  • Registration fee of 205 USD (750 QR) per delegate from November 24  till December 5, 2009

3. Discount option for corporate registrations: Register three employees and pay only for two. This
    option applies only for registrations for both days of Doha Green, Conference AND Workshops.

4. Special student discount for Doha Green Conference (December 9. 2009) including Certificate of
    Attendance issued by UNESCO in Doha

  • 40 USD (150 QR) against student ID at the registration desk at the  conference                                           

5. Special student discount for Doha Green Conference AND Workshops (December 9/10, 2009) including
    Certificate of Attendance issued by UNESCO in Doha

  • 70 USD (250 QR) against student ID at the registration desk at the conference

Please register here.

Registration deadline: Sunday December 6, 2009 (seats are limited)

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Supporting PARTNERS: Fraunhofer  
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