Muscat – Under the auspices of HE Mohamed bin Salim Al Tobi, Minister of Environment & Climate Affairs, the Environment Society of Oman (ESO), in association with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), organized the 7th annual Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition (ICEPSC). More than 165 students from 19 universities across Oman came together to debate environmental issues with like-minded peers. From 40 shortlisted teams, the 4 winning teams will go on to compete in the upcoming ICEPSC regional competition, which is set to be held in Dubai on the 27th and 28th of November 2018.

Suaad Al Harthi, Executive Director at the Environment Society of Oman, said, “Hosting this competition for yet another year has cemented our commitment to shaping the next generation of environmentally concise members of society. This competition serves as a platform for future generations to become ambassadors for the environment. Focusing on developing a deep appreciation of the environment and understanding the challenges facing it through study, research, discussion and debate, this competition enables passionate youth to express their positions and helps them develop ways to protect the environment.”

The winning teams included “Bunya”from Sultan Qaboos University, for “Sustainable Built Environment; Are we achieving it?”, ”Naqaa” from Sultan Qaboos University for ‘Impact of Fashion and Make up Industry on the Environment’’, Kaizen from Sharqiya University for ‘The Future of Agriculture in the Middle East”, and Green Footprint from Military Technology College for ‘The Impact of Wars on the Environment’’.

Najeeb Al Harthy, Director, General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Mitsui E&P Middle East (MEPME), the Gold Sponsor, said, “We are delighted to support ESO with this initiative and create environmental ambassadors amongst the Omani youth. Environmental protection is a progressively more pressing issue across the globe. We all have a responsibility to do our part and find more sustainable solutions. Our sponsorship of this competition is one way we are working to empower and encourage the youth to take a stand and make a change.”

This year’s event was sponsored by Mitsui E&P Middle East B.V. (MEPME) as Gold Sponsors and Ominvest as Silver Sponsors. Additionally, Bronze Sponsors included Oman LNG Development Foundation, Daleel Petroleum, CGG, and Shell Oman. The 7th ICEPSC was also provided with in-kind support from TRACCS, Eshraqa – Khimji Ramdas Social Development Arm, Pinky Bell, Luban, Pin Bowl and The Cultural Club.

ESO launched the ICEPSC in 2012 as part of its efforts to motivate students to learn about important environmental issues, build their confidence, and offer them a platform to become ambassadors of sustainable living. Over the past six years, hundreds of teams from throughout the Sultanate have gained confidence in their ability and personality, driving them to strengthen their bond with nature and explore ways to improve their quality of life without compromising future generations. To learn more about the ICEPSC, please visit


About Environment Society of Oman (ESO):

The Environment Society of Oman was founded in March 2004 by Omanis representing different regions and many different professional backgrounds.  The Society is the first of its kind in Oman and works by promoting conservation and environmental awareness in all sectors of society. In February 2009 ESO was accepted as a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and was chosen to represent environmental organizations from West Asia at UNEP. In June 2012, ESO attended the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (called the Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro as an officially accredited NGO as per the UN General Assembly's decision (A/66/L/44).

About Emirates Environmental Group (EEG):

The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) is a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment through the means of education, action programs and community involvement. It is the first environmental NGO in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited status to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification (UNCCD) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). EEG is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and a focal point of the Global Compact in the GCC states. EEG is also a member of the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). EEG is viewed as one of the most prestigious environmental groups within the Middle East and prides itself on its environmental achievements reached to date.

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