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A serious matter that worth looking at

Dear Dr Ibrahim,

I am a Libyan national working in the petroleum exploration/development industry in Libya. I do appreciate the sincere/good effort that you are doing.

I noticed that most of the Libyans are tackling the socio-economic and political aspects in Libya, which are quite important for our society.

A serious matter that worth looking at and should be raised urgently among educated Libyans, is the awareness with regard to the deteriorating environment/ecosystems in our beloved country during the last two decades.

The western foreign companies working in Libya are doing a lot of harm to our environment while conducting their field activities, it is very sad that the Libyan authorities are not putting serious measures in the contracting agreements with these firms and the lack of monitoring which makes it worse.

Anyhow for the time being I like to raise the issue, hoping that some Libyan professionals can start raising /discussing the issue and commence the identification of the critical aspects/areas where the environment is really deteriorating and suffer the most in terms of environmental degradation especially in areas around and close to the oil fields in the desert, coastal areas, and offshore.

This can be achieved by co-ordination with certain international environmental agencies interested in Libya, and certainly there are several organizations looking at the Libyan environment and its deteriorating status.

This issue is very important for Libya now and in the future, the main aspects to look at are mainly related to the rapidly escalating phenomenon of desertification due to industrial mismanagement of many field activities, marine pollution and archaeology.

We have to do certain effort to bring the attention of the foreign companies working in Libya, that we do care a lot about our enviroment.

These companies might pay attention and change their negative attitude towards our sensitive environments when they see that we are co-operating with international environmental agencies, because it will effect their reputation abroad and it would risk their business in other countries.

I preferred to write in Arabic, but currently the typing resources are very limited for me.

Best regards,

Abu Salah-Eddin

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