Qatar adopts an environmental policy aimed at protecting the natural resources and preserving the wealth of the country through a strategy that reconciles industrial growth with environment safety.
Qatar is one of the countries which have paid due attention to environmental issues and was quick to pass laws and statutes to protect and maintain the environment. Such attention culminated in setting up the Supreme Council for the Environment & Natural Reserves (SCENR). The SCENR realizes that in order to achieve its policy objectives, all governmental and non-governmental institutions should join forces. Thus, civil society organizations are actively involved in spreading environmental awareness through educational and media activities.
The Permanent Constitution of the State of Qatar emphasizes the necessity of preserving the environment. Article 33 states that "The State shall preserve the environment and its natural balance in order to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development for all generations".
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of the State of Qatar issued a decree in October 2002 on the protection against radiation, and issued another decree amending some of the provisions of Law no. (1) On prevention of erosion of agricultural lands and beach sands.