Ajloun campaigns to preserve environment and forests

Ajloun Castle, one of the best preserved sites from the middle ages, is pictured in Ajloun Governorate in this undated photo. (Photos: Handouts from Jordan Tourism Board)
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Ajloun - The Directorate of Agriculture in Ajloun Governorate, in cooperation with the concerned authorities, is implementing intensive field and awareness campaigns in order to preserve the forests and the environment from attacks.اضافة اعلان

According to the Jordan News Agency, (Petra) , a number of those interested in environmental and tourism affairs stressed the need not to be complacent and to strengthen efforts to preserve forest wealth and picnic sites, especially in light of the active tourism movement in the governorate.

The Vice-President of the Jordanian Environment Society, lawyer Yazan Freihat, called for intensifying awareness campaigns and increasing the number of rangers and protection workers in natural areas.

He also emphasized the need to expand the construction of watchtowers and access roads in the forests to help to protect them from encroachments and fires.

Freihat pointed out that the association has launched campaigns to plant trees and improve cleanliness in many sites, in order to highlight the civilized face of the visitors of the tourist sites locally and abroad.

The director of Ajloun Agriculture, engineer Hussein Al-Khalidi, told the Jordan News Agency, (Petra), that the directorate has worked to allocate mobile patrols, especially on holidays and in areas where there are large numbers of visitors and tourists, to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of these sites and not leaving waste or burning fires.

He indicated that 12,000 trees were planted in the Rajeb area within the national afforestation project, noting that there are 7 forest monitoring towers, 50 rangers and 8 round-the-clock patrols supported by firefighters, water tankers and other mechanisms working to serve the forestry.

Khalidi also indicated that 32 penalties have been issued since the beginning of this year, which confirms that there is a clear decline in attacks on forest wealth as a result of follow-up and field inspection work in cooperation with partners, security services and the Royal Administration for Environmental Protection and Tourism.

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