Qatar celebrates National Environment Day every February 26 of each year, as part of its efforts to protect the environment and support sustainable development. This year, the slogan is ‘Our Environment Our Responsibility’ (Biatna Amana), according to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is exclusively dedicated to addressing matters of environmental concern, ensuring that sustainable and climate-conscious practices are adopted throughout all sectors. (source)
A number of governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as community members, are holding a number of activities across the country to celebrate the major event. Check them out below:
On February 24, QBG and its partners will mark Qatar Environment Day with a planting event. The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation, will be planting 300 wild trees in Rawdat Al-Faras in Al Nasraniya to help restore the natural ecological balance of the area by reducing carbon emissions and limiting desertification in the country. On February 24, QBG and its partners will mark Qatar Environment Day with this planting event.
“In addition, and as part of QBG’s conservation efforts in 2022, we will supply the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Department of Protection and Wildlife with 1,000 seedlings of wild plant species that have been cultivated at our Plant Resources Conservation Centre in an effort to contribute to the rehabilitation of these species on the Qatari mainland," according to Fatima al-Khulaifi, director, QBG.
“Also, our team of environmental experts and researchers are conducting a field and laboratory study on ‘seed patterns and germination of Qatari plants’ through accurate imaging of seed samples using a light microscope, as well as forming a joint research team with the Environmental Science Center to conserve and document genetic resources in Qatar. Over the years, we have worked closely with the country and world’s most important environmental stakeholders to protect our planet and all our work,” continued, al- Kulaifi.
“We will continue to support Qatar’s sustainable development and environmental protection efforts through our partnership with the Qatar Red Crescent Society, to who we have pledged to donate 2.5mn trees. These trees will be planted by their volunteers throughout Qatar. With this, we will contribute to both the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross organization’s environmental initiative of planting 50 mn trees across the Arab world and Qatar’s plans to plant 10mn trees by 2030,” she concluded. (source)
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Public Parks Department-Ministry of Municipality, and Quranic Botanical Garden-QF will be holding a webinar on Qatari Flora: Importance and its Conservation.
The College of Health and Life Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, in collaboration with Hadiqaa, invites the public to participate in sunflower planting activities in commemoration of Qatar National Environment Day 2022. (source)
Visitors will also be introduced to the first community garden inside Education City, will be able to interact with the environment, and learn what we can do to protect it.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is organizing cleanup drives in Sealine Reserve, the landing of an industrial shoot in the Sealine area, tree planting, and the launching of the Reem deer in Sealine on 24 February.
There'll be cleaning, planting, and launching birds in Brooq Reserve on 26 February and releasing of fish in the mangrove forest with an eco-tour on 28 February.
The Department of Agricultural Affairs at the Ministry of Municipality, participated in a "Women's Picnic" activity in Umm Al Amad Reserve, as part of the celebration of #QatarEnvironmentDay. It was in cooperation with Friends of the Environment Center of the Ministry of Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Qatar Sports for All Federation, and the Ministry of Interior.
The participation of the Department of Agricultural Affairs in this event, represented by the Department of Afforestation and Agricultural Production, comes through the initiative to apply and use the waterboxx technology in planting Qatari environmental and wild tree species; which is a smart method of irrigation, that takes into account the principles of sustainability.
Sources: Qatar University, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, HBKU, DEAP Qatar, Gulf Times, Ministry of Municipality, GCO
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