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1,000 Sidra trees planted in Ras Al Khaimah

Staff Reporter/Ras Al Khaimah
Filed on December 19, 2018 | Last updated on December 19, 2018 at 08.22 pm
Government officials, companies, schools and families take part in the annual ‘For Our Emirates We Plant’ event.
Government officials, companies, schools and families take part in the annual 'For Our Emirates We Plant' event.

As the 1,000 Sidra trees mature in five to seven years, they will be able to help curb carbon dioxide emissions by six metric tonnes every year.


 A thousand native Sidra trees were recently planted in a nature reserve in Al Minei, Ras Al Khaimah, during the Emirates Environmental Group's (EEG) annual 'For Our Emirates We Plant' event.

Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, member of the RAK Executive Council and chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation, joined 50 companies, 24 schools and 163 families who came together to plant the indigenous trees on Tuesday. The project was part of  the EEG's Clean-Up UAE campaign.

Habiba Al Mar'ashi, chairperson of the EEG, said "the movement towards a deeper commitment to environmental protection through planting new trees and taking care of the existing ones is gaining interest across the UAE".

"At the global level, trees and forests are closely linked with weather patterns and the maintenance of a crucial balance in nature. Hence, the task of environment protection is a universal responsibility for all of us," she added. 

As the 1,000 Sidra trees mature in five to seven years, they will be able to help curb carbon dioxide emissions by six metric tonnes every year. Since the project kicked off in 2007, the EEG had managed to plant

"Through this activity, we are working diligently towards achieving the UAE's Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring the conservation and safeguarding of the valuable resources," Al Mar'ashi said.

In his opening speech, Sheikh Salem said: "The trees planted in this Sidra nature reserve will help save more than one billion bees. We thank EEG for its support and its perseverance to engage the different sectors of society together for a better environment."

Sidra trees, which have grown in the region's deserts for thousands of years, serve as a meaningful anchor for the UAE's heritage. Standing tall even amid harsh weather conditions, they have become a symbol of perseverance and determination for the country.

Several species also take shelter in these trees, including native bees that feed on their pollen, thus producing the nutritious Sidra honey.

KT NANO EDIT

More green campaigns

Encouraging people to plant trees and creating more green spaces can substantially improve our quality of life, and also take care of the needs of the beings whose existence has been threatened by our insatiable quest for urbanisation. We should put some serious efforts in protecting our fragile ecosystems, and launch more campaigns that engage our communities in this effort.

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