While Qatar has already made waves with its ambitious large scale building projects, the country’s built environment transformation will be much more than the 2022 World Cup and other international events like this year’s COP 18 Summit.

The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is ramping up green building efforts with a punch that far outsizes the amount of space the country takes on the Arabian Peninsula. With an awareness that Doha’s accelerating development has a huge impact on the country’s already fragile ecosystems, the QGBC has inaugurated what it calls the Green Infrastructure Interest Group (GIIG).

Qatar’s National Vision 2030 already emphasizes more sustainable urban planning, climate change adaptation, water stewardship and Qatarization. But the this green infrastructure committee will also tackle wastewater treatment, clean energy, an exploration of carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat creation. With a completed project that is protecting some of the country’s integral mangrove swamps, the QGBC is already showing that it is taking a leadership role in ensuring Qatar’s sustainable development.

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Photo of Doha construction from Doha City Facebook Page.

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.