The Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment announced that the number of trees planted during the past ten years increased from 30,735 in 2010 to 59,386 in 2020, an increase of 93 percent. Additionally, the number of palm trees planted during the same period increased from 14,983 to 19,058, an increase of 27 percent.
This came in a statement made by the Director of the Public Parks Department Mohammed Ali Al Khouri on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, which falls on June 17 every year.
Al Khouri said in the statement that the Ministry, represented by the Public Parks Department, is making great efforts to increase green areas in various regions of the country with the aim of contributing to protecting the environment and combating desertification, in cooperation with the bodies working in this field. He explained that the department cooperates with the Department of Environmental Protection, Natural Reserves, and Wildlife, in both the Qatari Ghaf Tree Protection Project and in protecting the land bomber through the specialized work team, and providing the necessary seedlings for the two projects.
Al Khouri pointed out that between March 2019 and May 2020, the Department distributed tree seedlings to government agencies, farms, and citizens, in addition to planting various trees in cooperation with the municipal parks sections of the municipalities. He indicated that the number of trees distributed and planted during this period amounted to 104,356 trees.
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought aims to raise public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification and remind everyone that neutralizing the impact of land degradation can be achieved through problem-solving, strong community participation and cooperation at all levels.
Source: Qatar News Agency
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