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Launching Capacity Building Program for the Palestinian "Green Police" and the Environmental Quality Authority

The Environmental Quality Authority (EQA), the Palestinian Society for Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Palestinian Green Police launched a training program to build the capacity of the Environmental Police and EQA inspectors in the field of nature protection. This unique program was supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation through the Mahmiyat project.

The training program aims to improve the capabilities of Green police caders in Palestine, to provide them with skills and knowledge regarding controlling operations of markets in which endangered birds and wild animals are sold and in protected areas where there is hunting. HSS looks forward to supporting the police by providing the necessary tools for all cadres and for exchanging experiences with neighboring countries in the coming years, calling on police cadres to connect with nature with the help of EQA and PESD. The workshop includes an introduction to the biodiversity in Palestine, the types of endangered birds and wild animals sold in the market, confiscation mechanisms for birds and animals, identification of snakes and more. The training program will also include a practical part in which the Green Police will visit several markets and protected areas.

The training program was opened by the head of the Environmental Quality Authority, her Excellency Dr. Nisreen Al-Tamimi, Chairwoman of EQA, Head of the Environmental Security Department in the Palestinian Police Service, General Montaser Al-Tamimi, the project manager from HSS Ikram Quttaineh, and the Director of the Palestinian Society for Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Saed Al-Shomaly.