Ford announces environmental grant winners
Dubai, May 24, 2009
Fifteen environmental initiatives will share a total of $100,000 this year as part of the 2008/2009 Ford Motor Company Conservation & Environmental Grants programme.
Ford's green initiative marks its 10th consecutive year of continued support to non-profit and grass-root level projects in the GCC and Levant markets.
The winning entries are from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and are active in the areas of environmental education, conservation of the natural environment (flora and fauna) and conservation engineering with grants ranging between $2,000 and $14,000.
'Once again, it gives us great pleasure to recognise the relentless efforts of the many individuals and groups who have devoted their time in preserving the environment and raising awareness in their local communities,' said Waldo Galan, Ford Middle East's managing director.
'Extending support to help our local environmental enthusiasts carry on with their worthwhile projects is our way to recognise and celebrate their hard work and to help them fulfill their missions.'
'During the past 10 years, the Ford Grants have funded and helped materialise and expand over 100 projects,' Galan added.
Since the programme’s launch 10 years ago, Ford has awarded more than $2,000,000 in grants to over 300 high-quality projects throughout the Asia Pacific, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and Puerto Rico to further their environmental initiatives.
In the Middle East, the initiative has offered nearly $800,000 in grants to over 100 Middle Eastern environmental projects since 2000.
The Ford Grants have also seen support from the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Emirates Wildlife Society and most recently, the Arab Forum for Environment & Development (AFED), a regional independent organisation promoting prudent environmental policies and programmes across the Arab region.-TradeArabia News Service