His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, received at H.H Ruler office at the Sharjah Research Academy yesterday Dr. Stephen Wells, President of the Desert Research Institute in Nevada (USA) and the accompanying delegation, who are in a visit to Sharjah to strengthen cooperation between the DRI and the academic institutions in the emirate.
His Highness Ruler of Sharjah welcomed the Academic official and the accompanying delegation and stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation between the research centres and scientific institutes to preserve the natural environment life, improve its components and achieve the sustainable development to protect the rights of the current and coming generations.
During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Sharjah Research Academy and Desert Research Institute in Nevada. The agreement aims to support desert research in the emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates and to protect its natural life and environments, as well as to monitor the desert’s resources and increase the plant and animal wealth under various desert conditions.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr. Amr Abdul Hamid, Director of Sharjah Research Academy and Dr. Kumud Acharya, Senior Director of Environmental Remediation at Nevada’s DRI
The agreement’s memorandum included many clauses, some about supporting research specific to desert environments from nature and plants to water sources, as well as examining ways to reduce the movement of sand dunes, fighting off desertification and droughts, surveying and evaluating the desert areas’ surface water and groundwater, in addition to surveying and evaluating the natural vegetation and renewable natural resources, amongst many other studies and research that can benefit the emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Amr Abdul Hamid said, “This agreement will help in strengthening the efforts of the Sharjah Research Academy in developing desert researches, which will increase the opportunities of benefiting from the riches of the desert and the protection of the desert environment. Thanks to the instructions of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler Sharjah emirate, and by cooperating with the expertise and competencies available worldwide and harnessing those powers to take advantage of them on a local level, the academy will work constantly on cooperating with world-renowned research institutions and working on research projects together.”
Stephen Walles welcomed this agreement, which offers support to the good relations between the Desert Research Institute in Nevada and academic institutions in the emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates. He said, “We thank His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, for giving us the opportunity to work with the Sharjah Research Academy so we can all benefit from our combined efforts, and so scientists and researchers working in both institutions can work together to improve desert life and bring out its benefits.”
Sharjah Research Academy is dedicated to scientific researches and studies, and comprises the following science and research centres: Sharjah Institute for Desert Development Research, Sharjah Institute for Plant Research, Sharjah Marine Science Institute, Sharjah Environmental Research Institute, Sharjah Engineering Research Institute and Sharjah Social Science Institute
Desert Research Institute in Nevada is a world leader in environmental sciences, established in 1958 and has since inception exported its highly acclaimed environmental research expertise to every continent of Earth.