Protesters in Kuwait are seen during a rally in Jahra on Dec 3.
EPA set to start inspection of desert camping sites, camps Kuwaiti official blasts political impacts on environ

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Environment Public Authority (EPA) will soon start a series of inspection campaigns in various camping sites in the desert, as well as the camps belonging to the public and private sectors, to ensure strict compliance with the rules and regulations, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Director of Industrial Environment Depar-tment Eng Moham-mad Al-Anzi.

In a recent press statement, Al-Anzi disclosed several teams of EPA officials will be formed soon, including 60 judicial officials, to inspect the Spring camps within one month.  He said the inspectors will collaborate with the Interior Ministry and Kuwait Municipality to cover all the camping sites throughout the country.

Al-Anzi warned the inspection teams will be strict in checking the camp sites to guarantee compliance with the law, particularly those related to environment protection.  He explained this came after a long wait for the Municipal Council to finalize regulations on camping activities.  He lamented most campers deliberately scatter waste in camping sites by barricading some locations with tyres, heaps of sand, cement and blocks.  He called on the public to strictly comply with the regulations to protect the environment and maintain cleanliness in the camp sites.

Agencies add:
A senior Kuwaiti environmental official on Monday lashed out at political and economic orientations for blocking environmental activities deliberately or indeliberately.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18), which kicked of in Doha on November 26 and will wind up on December 7, Deputy Director General of the Environment Public Authority Ali Haidar said there was initially an environmental orientation which, regrettably, turned into a political and economic one.

Such circumstances negatively reflect negotiations on Kyoto Protocol, especially as most leanings serve the economic interests of some countries, and impact on other countries environmentally and politically, he said.

Haidar stressed the significance of coordinative meetings among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states in the field of climate change and environmental protection under the umbrella of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Kuwaiti environmental official called on the GCC members to play a clear-cut and unequivocal part in this field.

On Kuwait’s anti-climate change efforts, he said Kuwait works hard to become a green country, pointing to the country’s gas emission reduction plan.

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