The Forum, entitled “Islamic Perspectives on Ecosystem Management”, will gather specialists in Islam and other faiths, ecologists, ecosystem managers, scholars from botanic gardens, and other relevant disciplines to exchange ideas and experiences about future programs to serve the objectives of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission on Ecosystem Management. The sessions organized by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden will highlight Islamic principles, values and ethics that promote the conservation of plants, cultural traditions and ecosystems. The efforts of local and regional authorities to preserve the environment will be showcased.

The CEM contribution to the Forum explores broader relationships between faith and spirituality and the natural environment and how this relationship can provide as a basis for healing and conservation. Sessions will explore how links between traditional knowledge in different cultures and ecosystem management and that knowledge can contribute to conservation of nature’s resources.

From this Forum the Qur’anic Botanic Garden aims to identify new initiatives that can help and promote its conservation and educational programs. The Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission seek guidance on how to build on the linkages and synergies between knowledge-based traditions and environmental management and to discuss how Islam and other religious teachings might be incorporated into conservation initiatives.
Concluding Forum recommendations will foster regional collaborative efforts and inform and guide both the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission in their future endeavors.

Together, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission on Ecosystem Management will honor the contributions of Professor Kamal El-Batanouny, former scientific advisor of the QBG, for his contributions to enhance understanding of dry-lands ecology, traditional medicine and medicinal plants.

Forum’s Objectives
1- Highlight the work of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in the State of Qatar especially in Ecosystem management from the Islamic perspectives.
2- Bring together and engage local and international researchers, stakeholders and managers to deepen their understanding of how Islam and other faiths relate to the environment so as to foster more effective conservation of ecosystems.
3- Improve & stimulate international cooperation and exchange of ideas on the topics of Ecosystems managements, Botanic Gardens’ managements, and traditional knowledge based on botany.
4- Explore new initiatives that can help and promote the role of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in sustainable conservational programs.

Themes & Overview of key presentations
The second international of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden is going to represent around 26 scientific papers relevant multi-disciplines approaches. The expected papers will focus on the below main themes;
1. Qur’anic Botanic Garden: Islamic practices and perspectives of other religions in ecosystem conservation. The lectures are going to highlight the principals of conservation, Policies of conservation, Ethics and other faiths based on Islam and other divine religions.

2. Exploring opportunities and challenges in Ecosystem management. During this session, the presentations will focus on Ecosystems elements (based on botany) throughout representing of different Ecosystems’ case studies.

3. Sustainable management of the Botanic Gardens. The QBG is going to invite experts from different botanic Gardens to represent their Conservational, Educational, Museums programs.

4. The role traditional knowledge plays in ecosystem management. In this session a series of lectures based on traditional knowledge and botany. The topics will focus on plant’s economic uses and traditional conservational concerns. Other presentations may be added, but within the session’s scope.

5. Honoring Prof. Kamal El-Batanouny

6. Building a framework for collaboration to foster Ecosystems Management. During this session, the national and international stakeholders will represent their approaches towards the Ecosystems management. Avenues to foster collaboration that links local knowledge and experience to global policy initiatives will be explored.

7. Bringing it all together: Framing outcomes and recommendations. Participant will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of concrete recommendations to the Qur’anic Botanic Garden and the Commission on Ecosystem Management to explore opportunities for their future programming.

Excepted outcomes
1. To communicate the importance of faith, spirituality and ethics based on divine religions in the responsible stewardship of the world’s ecosystems.

2. To put the guidelines for the QBG management plan from the botanic prospective.

3. To develop guidance for policy makers from the recommendations will be issued during the forum.

4. To publish the papers and case studies presented in the forum as a book proceedings of the forum.

5. To provide guidance/input regarding faith and spirituality in the development of the 1st World Congress on Ecosystems to be held in Kazan, Russia in fall of 2015.