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Minister stresses afforestation project amid growing climate concerns

1. Aforestation Project
Minister of Environment Muawieh Radaideh on Monday highlighted the importance of the successful National Afforestation Project. (File photo: Jason Ruffin/Jordan News)
AMMAN —Minister of Environment Muawieh Radaideh on Monday highlighted the importance of the successful National Afforestation Project, undertaken by the ministry as part of the Kingdom's efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change that is affecting the globe, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

During a meeting with the ministry’s department directors, Radaideh called for a nationwide comprehensive campaign to ensure that concerned parties comply with the environmental requirements and legislation regulating the project implementation.

He also stressed the need to coordinate efforts among the ministry's various departments to safeguard the environment and to keep pace with global developments related to climate change.

He urged a crackdown on environmental violators and offenders, who he said must be referred to the competent judicial authorities.

The minister underlined the importance of activating the Waste Management Framework Law No. 16 of 2020, especially provisions concerning illicit waste disposal, noting that the ministry will fully support environmental offices across the Kingdom to ensure law enforcement.

The ministry is in the process of launching a series of programs and activities in partnership with stakeholders, civil society and youth organizations to respond to climate change repercussions.

The National Afforestation Project, with an estimated budget of JD5 million, was launched in June of 2021 in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture. The project employs about 5,800 staffers and agricultural engineers.

Last week, Radaideh said that Jordan is working with global entities in a collective effort to address climate change challenges, which will involve shifting to green economy, among other measures, noting that the impact of climate change has been increasingly evident across the world, including the Middle East.


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