Omran hosts seminar on environmental management and practice
As part of its commitment to sustainable tourism Omran recently hosted a one-day seminar on Environmental Management and Practice.
Lead by the internationally renowned BC Berlin represented by Merit International in Oman, an independent and interdisciplinary consulting firm offering technical, business and management know-how, the seminar was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs and Environment Society of Oman in addition to students from Sultan Qaboos University and the Oman-German University of Technology.
The seminar included an Environmental Impact Assessment training course and discussed Omani environmental regulations, eco-tourism and eco-design, marine ecology and tourist developments while highlighting experiences in the application of international environmental standards.
“Environmental Impact Assessments are imperative to ensure that decision-makers consider environmental and social impacts before deciding whether to proceed with new projects,” stated Wael Al Lawati, Omran CEO. “We strive to continuously work with our partners to identify innovative solutions for the planning and implementation of environmentally-friendly systems and procedures.
By predicting environmental impacts at an early stage in project planning and design, Omran aims to find ways and means to reduce adverse impacts and shape projects to suit the local environment. Al Lawati added that both environmental and economic benefits can be achieved through the use of Environment Impact Assessment such as reduced cost and time of project implementation and design, avoided treatment costs and impacts of laws and regulations.Omran has been established as a fully government owned company to develop the infrastructure and facilities required to expand the existing tourism industry in particular the development of new resort villas, conference facilities, leisure resorts, golf courses and hotels as well as the refurbishment of some of the major existing international hotels.