The ‘Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees’ campaign within the ‘Plant Million Trees’ initiative is evoking good response with more students and educational institutions joining. As per the latest figures, released by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), the total number of planted trees has reached 367,166. A total of 835 students from 48 schools participated in the initiative.
The campaign launched in September 2019 aims to afforest various areas while continuing until the end of 2021. As per the information from Ashghal, the campaign has so far covered various localities within Doha along with areas under Al Khor and Al Thakhira Municipality. Also, campaigns have been held so far at Al Sheehaniya, Al Rayyan, Al Nasraniyya and Al Wakra.
Earlier this month, Qatar Museums chairperson HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani joined the event and announced the completion of planting 300,000 trees.
The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar is implementing the Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees campaign. The committee works under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), in co-ordination with several ministries and other entities such as the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar Rail, Private Engineering Office among others.
The committee is responsible for five major tasks including the construction of central public parks, provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, development of the Doha Corniche and Central Doha and increasing afforestation and green areas.
The committee’s work will enhance sustainability through minimising environmental pollution and reducing the emission of CO2 through reduced consumption of energy resources.
It also focuses on the provision of more public transport options aiming at reduced use of private cars and improving lifestyle through clean and safe transportation.
It is also intended to ensure a healthy environment within residential neighbourhoods and places of public gatherings through increased afforestation and landscaping, which will greatly help in reducing the temperature in cities.