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Qatar’s Biodiversity Database Platform Set For 2024 Launch

The project, in collaboration with UNEP, aims to preserve local species and gather valuable environmental data.

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The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) has reached the final phase of a project to create Qatar’s biodiversity database platform.

The primary objective of this endeavor is to construct a sustainable biodiversity database and generate ecological maps of Qatar to pinpoint significant biodiversity sites across the nation. The project will establish a large electronic repository encompassing biodiversity-related and environmental data, cataloging all indigenous plant and animal species in the country in alignment with the Qatar Digital Government Strategy 2023-2025.

The scheduled launch for the database is set for later this year. Experts have already examined the project’s completed phases and unveiled the electronic platform’s initial design, which conforms to international standards.

With the project nearing completion, MoECC recently organized a series of meetings and coordination sessions over a three-day period, which dealt with the final stages of completing the project.

During a workshop held on January 30, a team from the World Conservation Monitoring Center delivered an in-depth presentation on the electronic platform, demonstrating the cutting-edge technology in its design. The software will facilitate seamless user operations and provide advanced capabilities alongside an initial assessment to identify research user requirements and review the database.

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On January 31, another training workshop was conducted, in which the project team oversaw advanced technological training for MoECC’s technical team. The trained group of users will manage the content of the project’s knowledge management platform in collaboration with the ministry’s communication teams after the official project launch later this year.

Launched in 2021, the Qatar biodiversity database project’s overarching goal is to compile a database for preserving the nation’s biodiversity. This resource will also support the creation of reports related to biodiversity, monitoring efforts, and decision-making processes.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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