GAM to begin execution of Sustainable Urban Farming project Tuesday

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AMMAN — The sustainable urban farming project in Amman, initiated by the Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), is set to commence on Tuesday.اضافة اعلان

Funded and supported by a $90,000 grant from the Japanese government and backed by the UN Development Program (UNDP), the project aims to address environmental concerns by mitigating pollution, bolstering biodiversity, tackling climate change, and enhancing resilience against natural disasters like floods, Khaberni reported.

The project relies on the Miyawaki method to cultivate fast-growing groves of native plants. According to Sami Tarabieh, the national coordinator for environmental projects at the UNDP, this technique aims to increase green spaces in Jordan, enhance biodiversity, and achieve rapid growth up to 10 times faster than conventional afforestation methods, highlighting that this approach succeeds under varying climatic conditions, soil types, and rainfall rates.

Tarabieh pointed out that the Al-Jubaiha area was chosen to establish this forest in cooperation with the local community, which will assist in planting about three thousand seedlings over five days under the supervision of a Japanese expert.

He added that the number of participants willing to participate in the planting process has reached 400, indicating the increasing awareness among various segments of society about the importance of forests.

Regarding ensuring sustainability and protecting seedlings from any attacks, Tarabieh affirmed that the staff of the GAM will undertake this process, as the selected area falls under its responsibilities.

The Miyawaki method: Stages and sustainability
The Miyawaki method was developed by Japanese botanist and plant ecology expert Professor Akira Miyawaki and has been applied in several countries around the world since the 1990s. Tarabieh mentioned that more than 40 million trees have been planted using this technique.

The Miyawaki methodology follows three main stages, including the preparation stage aimed at gaining a deep understanding of the nature of native plant communities in the local environment and understanding soil characteristics and composition and methods of reviving it.

The second stage primarily relies on coordination with relevant authorities to determine the start date of implementation. It is worth noting that the best time for planting seedlings is in the autumn before or at the beginning of the rainy season to allow the seedlings to gradually adapt to the site without exposure to the scorching summer sun or harsh winter cold.

The third and final stage focuses on maintaining the sustainability of the forest, especially in the early years, to ensure the success of as many seedlings as possible and preserve the soil. Maintenance activities, which include care for the forest, last for a period of two to three years. This ensures that the forest reaches a stage of self-sufficiency and adapts to its surroundings, relying entirely on rainwater.

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