Measures to protect Ajloun’s green cover reduce deforestation by 80%

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AMMAN — Intensive oversight measures by the Ajloun Directorate of Agriculture have helped to reduce deforestation in the governorate by about 80 percent, Director of Agriculture Hussein Al-Khalidi said.اضافة اعلان

Khalidi told the Jordan News Agency, Petra, on Wednesday, that the drop in deforestation – the result of illegal logging and forest fires ­— was made possible by the forest protection plan developed by the directorate and the Ministry of Agriculture.

The plan has involved installing stations and towers to monitor forest areas, assigning patrols on a shift schedule, and increasing the number of rangers and forest monitors.

Ministry protection measuresThe ministry makes great efforts to preserve Ajloun’s forests through direct follow-up by Minister of Agriculture Khaled Al-Hneifat, he said.

Meanwhile, the directorate works to protect the forests and local biodiversity from encroachment and fires by intensifying awareness campaigns in cooperation with the media.

Firewood and seedlingsThe directorate has issued 300 licenses for firewood collection to distribute to 354 individuals in need, including some National Aid Fund beneficiaries and wounded veterans, Khalidi added. 

It also provides seedlings at nominal prices and plants forest trees free of charge to contribute to increasing Ajloun’s green cover.

Forests in the governorate cover an area of 134,000 dunums, distributed across the Ajloun, Kafranja, Anjara, Ain Jana, Sakhra, Abin Ibilin, Arjan, and Baoun regions.

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