Thursday, 15 Apr 2021
Represented by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman marked the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, that is held on September 16 every year, under the title ‘Keep Cool and Carry on’.

Oman marks international day of preserving ozone layer

The occasion was organised at the ministry’s creating in Al Khuwayr, and integrated the launch of the third edition of the ‘Ozone umbrella protects the future of our children’.

H E Najeeb bin Ali al Rawas, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, mentioned Oman has ratified each the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and their amendments in London, Copenhagen, Montreal and Beijing, according to Royal Decrees because 1998.

Ibrahim bin Ahmed al Ajmi, director common of Climate Affairs, mentioned, “The researchers and scientists noticed throughout the mid 70s a level of erosion and depletion in the ozone layer more than the South Pole due to human and industrial activities, with the primary result in to be the use of halon and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC).

“In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided to celebrate the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer in commemoration of the signing of the world countries on the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This protocol specifies the procedures and strategies that must be followed internationally, regionally and locally in order to gradually phase out ozone-depleting substances.”

Ajmi explained that in order to make sure the reduction of ozone-depleting substances, Oman has implemented numerous programmes, efforts and procedures.

They consist of manage of the import of ozone-depleting substances, as effectively as the implementation of numerous projects and research in cooperation with some international environmental organisations, notably the refrigerant management strategy project, the final phase-out strategy for CFCs, and the monitoring of ozone-depleting substances numerous instances more than the previous years.

“The Montreal Protocol is a single of the most productive environmental treaties in history. It establishes binding controls on the production and introduction of ozone-depleting substances, and has a worldwide ratification of 197 parties,” mentioned Khalid al Kalali, UNEP Policy and Enforcement officer at Regional Office for West Asia.

“Not only through the commitment of all countries but also through the daily practices of all individuals around the world, we were able to phase out more than 99 per cent of ozone-depleting substances.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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