The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has earmarked a big chunk of its budget to increase green areas across the country, said a senior official.
The move aims at planting trees in free spaces on roadsides and rooftops of various facilities and encouraging more home gardens.
“The ministry has recently launched a ‘neighbourhood park’ initiative to provide public parks everywhere, especially in residential areas,” Mohammad Ali Al Khuri, Head, Public Parks Department at the ministry, said in a video footage posted on the ministry’s Facebook account.
The ministry is developing more green areas along main streets and sidewalks with trees and flowers to help purify the air and reduce pollution. It is also expanding green areas on the Doha Corniche.
The ministry has launched an initiative towards green buildings and rooftops and planted 250 trees on the rooftop of its building to encourage people to follow.
Al Khuri said this initiative aims at creating awareness and encouraging people to plant trees in use all available spaces to increase green areas in Qatar.
He stressed the importance of using rooftops of buildings and homes which are generally neglected and filled with machines and devices such as ACs and water tanks, and transforming them into beautiful gardens.
He said costs are not high and drip irrigation saves water. The ministry is coordinating with Public Works Authority in this regard.
Green areas help make the climate conducive. Imagine if all neighbourhoods have trees on the rooftops of homes. The soil used is artificial and light and does not damage the building nor its insulator because the amount of water used is small — just enough for the plants, he said.
Alkhuri said the ministry is working to make Qatar a green country and wants everybody to contribute to the effort. (Source)
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