Muscat—- During its 22nd session of the third annual sitting (2017/2018) for the 8th term (2015/2018) under the chair of Khalid bin Hilal al- Maawali, Chairman of Majlis A’Shura, Majlis A’Shura continued its discussion of the statement of Mohammed bin Salim al- Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs.

The statement of the Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs included six main themes that covered the development of the environment and climate sector, training and rehabilitation of national cadres, coordination with the agencies involved in environmental work, the environmental licenses, the international conventions on environment and the relation of the Ministry with civil society organisations.

During the session, Mohammed bin Musalam Hubais, member of the economic and financial committee at Majlis A’Shura made a statement on the adverse weather conditions that affected the Governorates of Dhofar and Al Wusta. He called for forming a ministerial committee with broad powers to assess the losses caused by the cyclone. He called for providing wide protection for the plant cover.

The members of Majlis A’Shura continued their questions and inquiries which focused on the importance of forming a ministerial committee that have the necessary financial allocation to assess the losses caused by the tropical cyclone ‘Mekunu’. They also called for reconsidering the fees for the environmental permits, such as licenses for factories. They noted that some factories were shut down due to high fees imposed on them. They also called for full exemption of the fees for the environmental activities. The Minister replied by saying that cancelled fees may not be considered at the current time.

The members of Majlis A’Shura proposed to specify certain locations for dumping agricultural wastes which now pose environmental threat as some farmers tend to burn them.

Source: Oman News Agency