HIMA International Workshop, Majda Khalil
International WorkshopTowards an Implementation Strategy for the“HIMA” Governance System: Theories, Concepts,Methodologies, Case Studies and Action PlansDecember 3-5, 2012The Kuwait Institute for Scientific ResearchDesert agriculture was among KISR’s responsibilities since it’s establishment in 1967. Withover 45 years of experience in the scientific field within the region, KISR’s capabilitiesdiversified into additional disciplines that not only address Kuwait’s challenges, but addresschallenges at both regional and international levels. Starting with desert agriculture soongrew into understanding related scientific fields such as the preservation of the environment,sustainable management of natural resources, developing innovative methods of agricultureand the responsible management of w ater.As KISR is mandated to apply scientific research methods that address national challenges, it hasbecome a key directive to promote strategic partnerships and alliances at local and internationallevels that ensure the open exchange of knowledge and expertise to deliver optimal solutions. Thisis where KISR saw the opportunity to bring together expertise from around the globe to address oneof the world’s most crucial challenges—sustainable natural resources management.Sustainable natural resources management dates back to the dawn of the Islamic period 1500years ago. The HIMA ‘protected area’ concept was introduced to involve local communities in themanagement of their natural resources. This allowed for diverse opinions on how best to manageand share natural resources, which in turn developed a consensus of best practices to be applied insustainable management of shared resources.Our aim in this workshop is to understand the Human Integrated Management System (HIMA) ingreater detail and reach to a consensus in selecting the best practices we can apply for the sustainablemanagement of our shared natural resources that suit our surrounding environmental conditions.We here today are stewards for our shared environmental heritage and represent the Arab voice onthe international stage where these issues are being discussed. We are tasked with the responsibilityfor introducing and coordinating the application of the HIMA concept in our respective countries.KISR is privileged to host this important HIMA workshop, which should set the stage for thedevelopment of a HIMA implementation framework and is looking forward to further collaborationin the future to participate in the finalization of a comprehensive HIMA system that will be appliedin the WANA region.