BEIRUT, Lebanon: – Ford Motor Company has awarded an equal share of US $ 30,000 in grants to two separate projects in Lebanon, as part of its 2018 Conservation and Environment Grants initiative. Beirut-based Arcenciel hopes to continue its conservation engineering assault on waste management systems in the country, while the Andre Nahhas State Girls’ High School plans to raise awareness of environmental education off the coast of El Mina.
Recipient of a Ford grant, having presented an application selected for the fifth time, the Lebanese company Arcenciel will invest its 15,000 US dollars this year to finalize its study on 11 indigenous strains of actinobacteria. The main objective of the project is to optimize the compost industry through the use of an innovative bacterial inoculum.
The result of the work carried out by the agronomist-researcher Abdo Tannoury and his team will allow Arcenciel to introduce a concept of composting engineering on local and international markets; a process which has never been scientifically developed and which simultaneously takes into account the interaction of the microbiota of the bath and the raw materials used.
It was a close competition between the two best projects in the Environmental Education category, where the two Rehabilitation of Al Nakheel Island in El Mina by the Andre Nahhas school in Lebanon, and the Halgurd-Sakran Park Project by Waterkeepers Iraq, each walked away with a US $ 15,000 grant from Ford’s Conservation and Environment Grants.
The first is specifically a project initiated by the Environment Club of the Andre Nahhas Public High School for Girls, and it aims to restore the ecological balance of the Al Nakheel Island reserve off Tripoli, in northern Lebanon. . In addition to bringing water suitable for irrigation, cleaning materials and awareness panels to the island, the school will invest in palm seedlings and fifty pairs of rabbits – plus food for one. an – to bring natural life back to the flat rocky island of eroded limestone.
Besides Lebanon, the latest recipients of the Ford Conservation and Environment Grants – awarded in the fields of environmental education, natural environment and conservation engineering, with special categories such as Best Engagement communities and Combating Plastic Pollution – were candidates from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Morocco, with a total of US $ 101,500 made available.
“For nearly two decades, Ford Motor Company has been committed to conservation and sustainability in the region, with nearly US $ 2 million awarded to local environmental projects,” said Mark Ovenden, president of Ford Middle East and Africa. “Ford takes great pride in empowering individuals and local organizations who are dedicated to preserving the environmental well-being of their communities. By providing the necessary funding and visibility, Ford hopes to encourage the dissemination of similar local efforts that will serve as catalysts for change around the world.
Each year, applications are accepted from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen . Over its 18 years of existence, the Ford Grants initiative has grown into one of the largest corporate initiatives of its kind in the region, created to empower individuals and nonprofit groups who give of their time and effort to preserve the environmental well-being of their communities.
Since its inception, the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants Program has received the support and recognition of various governmental and non-governmental environmental authorities in the Middle East, including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Emirates Wildlife Society and the Arab Forum. for Environment and Development (AFED).
Recipients are chosen by an independent jury made up of academics and leaders of regional environmental organizations. Judges are seasoned environmentalists or academics from the region carefully selected on the basis of geographic coverage, age and gender. They look for initiatives that demonstrate a well-defined purpose, a commitment to maximizing available resources, and a reputation for achieving goals and delivering planned programs and services.
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Ford’s history in the Middle East dates back over 60 years. The company’s local importers-dealers operate more than 155 facilities in the region and directly employ more than 7,000 people, the majority of whom are Arab nationals. For more information on Ford Middle East, please visit www.me.ford.com.
Ford Middle East is also a responsible corporate citizen with currently various CSR initiatives underway in the region including Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants, Ford Warriors in Pink® Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, Ford Driving Skills for Life for Young Drivers and Henry Ford. Entrepreneurship Academy Education Initiative for Young Entrepreneurs.
© Press release 2019