600 new tree saplings will now help fight desertification in Oman

Energy Thursday 21/December/2017 13:30 PM
By: Times News Service
600 new tree saplings will now help fight desertification in Oman

Muscat: Six hundred (600) tree saplings were planted by 150 people in Wadi Al Ansab at Wilayat Bausher, as part of a drive to restore ecological balance in Oman.

The Green Valley initiative in the Sultanate aims to save the various valleys from desertification by restoring natural and ecological balance while cultivating local Omani wild trees.

The participants were divided into 10 working groups, which distributed trees across different locations in Wadi Al Ansab, where they were educated and trained on the correct scientific methods of planting trees, while cleaning litter from the valley.

"Environmental issues are the responsibility of all. This requires greater efforts to involve local communities in all sectors and instill positive environmental protection practices."Saif bin Rashid Al Shaqsi Executive Director of the National Field Research Centre, said.

The "Green Valley" initiative was a practical idea to restore the vitality and recovery of valleys, and maximize its environmental, humanitarian, tourism and economic role to be a broad outlet for all creatures, including human.

He stressed that the "Green Valley" initiative is a community initiative involving more than nineteen parties, With participation of more than 150 participants from various governmental and private institutions, civil society organizations, universities, colleges, school students and the local community in Bawshar.

The efforts will continue to include many valleys in different governorates of the Sultanate.