International Workshop
Towards an Implementation Strategy for the
“HIMA” Governance System: Theories, Concepts,
Methodologies, Case Studies and Action Plans
December 3-5, 2012

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Desert agriculture was among KISR’s responsibilities since it’s establishment in 1967. With
over 45 years of experience in the scientific field within the region, KISR’s capabilities
diversified into additional disciplines that not only address Kuwait’s challenges, but address
challenges at both regional and international levels. Starting with desert agriculture soon
grew into understanding related scientific fields such as the preservation of the environment,
sustainable management of natural resources, developing innovative methods of agriculture
and the responsible management of w ater.
As KISR is mandated to apply scientific research methods that address national challenges, it has
become a key directive to promote strategic partnerships and alliances at local and international
levels that ensure the open exchange of knowledge and expertise to deliver optimal solutions. This
is where KISR saw the opportunity to bring together expertise from around the globe to address one
of the world’s most crucial challenges—sustainable natural resources management.
Sustainable natural resources management dates back to the dawn of the Islamic period 1500
years ago. The HIMA ‘protected area’ concept was introduced to involve local communities in the
management of their natural resources. This allowed for diverse opinions on how best to manage
and share natural resources, which in turn developed a consensus of best practices to be applied in
sustainable management of shared resources.
Our aim in this workshop is to understand the Human Integrated Management System (HIMA) in
greater detail and reach to a consensus in selecting the best practices we can apply for the sustainable
management 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 on
the international stage where these issues are being discussed. We are tasked with the responsibility
for 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 the
development of a HIMA implementation framework and is looking forward to further collaboration
in the future to participate in the finalization of a comprehensive HIMA system that will be applied
in the WANA region.

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