Madaba celebrates Arbor Day

By planting high quality native seedlings in Ma’in, Madaba

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PRESS RELEASE — Under the patronage of Madaba Governor Mr. Nayef Oudeh Al-Hdayat, the Madaba Agricultural Directorate and WADI for Sustainable Ecosystems Development held a planting event on Sunday on the occasion of Arbor Day, during which different stakeholders from Madaba including the local community planted high quality native seedlings in Ma’in, Madaba supplied by WADI nurseries.اضافة اعلان

Madaba Governor Mr. Hdayat planted the first native seedling in the allocated land, which is degraded due to many factors including overgrazing. Directors of Madaba directorates and members of the local community followed suit, planting Jordanian native seedlings propagated at WADI nurseries, in structures designed for rainwater harvesting, to ensure maximum collection of rainwater.

The planting activity seeks to restore the ecosystem in the area, thus improving air quality and biodiversity, and providing a public space for leisure for the local community, not to mention short-term economic opportunities for Madaba youth to plant and maintain the land.

During the event Madaba Agricultural Director Basem Abu Al-Ghanam noted that “Planting trees plays a major role in the lives of all nations, from environmental, economic, and touristic aspects as planting trees is an important factor for reducing climate change effects, which have now become quite evident.”

“The activity, carried out over an area of 360 dunums, seeks to increase the area’s green cover, rehabilitate it and accentuate its beauty,” Mr. Abu Al-Ghanam Added.

For his part, WADI Executive Director Mr. Tariq Abu Taleb said: “As we face increasingly adverse climate effects and more arid conditions, it is imperative that we invest in the restoration and sustainability of our resources and empower local communities to conserve and restore their natural habitats, to ensure our resilience.”

“We are fortunate to have partners in Madaba who are dedicated to the health and sustainability of Jordan’s nature and resources and are proud to be working alongside the Madaba Agricultural Directorate, who are working tirelessly to benefit the people of Madaba,” Mr. Abu Taleb added.

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