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More than 12 million trees planted to combat desertification in Saudi Arabia

October 05, 2022
Courtesy photo
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Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — The National Center for Vegetation Development and Combating Desertification has planted more than 12 million wild trees and shrubs to combat desertification in Saudi Arabia.

The center said it planted the trees while starting the Integrated Management and Sustainable Development of Pastures Project, which is part of the National Pasture Strategy Initiative — one of the National Transformation Program initiatives to realize Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

The project aims to develop floodplains and gardens by planting more than 12 million trees and shrubs in 100 locations. It also seeks to rehabilitate more than 225,000 hectares of pasture land in several regions of Saudi Arabia by 2030.

The center aims, through its initiative, to implement several projects, such as raising awareness about the importance of preserving and monitoring flood paths and gardens.

The initiative will collect data and compile field studies that contribute to preparing maps for planting different types of indigenous trees and shrubs, as well as for seed dispersal. This would contribute to strengthening community participation and developing the targeted areas in terms of generating job opportunities.

The center will cooperate with environmental groups, private sector companies and the Beekeepers Association to target a number of floodplains as breeding grounds for bees.

The floodplains and gardens are distinguished for their important role in preserving the environment, such as storing carbon and mitigating the effects of climate change, sand encroachment, and dust storms.

One of the features that distinguish the floodplains and gardens is the biodiversity, which includes several different types of animals and birds, in addition to its high potential for rehabilitation and development programs in multiple ways such as farming, seeding and implementing rainwater harvesting systems.

The center works to protect and control the vegetation cover, as well as to rehabilitate degraded ones, in addition to detecting encroachments on vegetation cover.

The center also addresses wrong and harmful behaviors through several methods, including awareness campaigns, or prosecuting violators of the rules and regulations.

In order to reach sustainable development that improves the quality of life and achieves the objectives of the Saudi Green Initiative, the center supervises the management of pastures, forests and national parks in addition to investing in them.


October 05, 2022
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