محاضرة بعنوان خدمات التنمية والنظم البيئية المستدامة في فلسطين


تتشرف كلية العلوم والتكنولوجيا بدعوتكم لحضور محاضرة حول:
خدمات التنمية والنظم البيئية المستدامة في فلسطين

 

يوم الاربعاء، 19 تشرين اول 2016، الساعة 12 ظهرا
وحدة التعليم الالكتروني، مبنى الشهيد ياسر عرفات، ط4

 

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh
Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History & Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability - Bethlehem 

 

Abstract: 

Palestine research and development ranks poorly even by standards of developing countries (Qumsiyeh and Isaac, 2012). In thise seminar we discuss briefly aspects of why (history and diagnosis) but we spend more on how best to address this (therapy) and examine outlook (prognosis) that can lead to sustainable development. We developed models for sustainability led by universities (students, faculty and staff) that could make a difference in valuing our environment while developing our economic base. We discuss a case study of a nascent Palestine Museum of Natural History and its botanical gardens now well established as part of an Institute of biodiversity and sustainability at Bethlehem University as a model. The mission of PMNH is to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment. Much was accomplished so far (see palestinenature.org). For example we explain how school students are using the museum facilities not only to enhance critical thinking and science skills but to develop practical knowledge and create programs that value and protect the rich heritage in nature (and associated cultural folklore of nature) while enhancing economic independence (food security via permaculture). We conclude that  university platforms can be used to promote self-respect, respect for others, and respect for the environment and that this is a road to a sustainable future.