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Ministry of Agriculture steps up protection of forests from logging, fires

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AMMAN — Director of the Forestry Department at the Ministry of Agriculture Khaled Al-Qudah said that the ministry has devised a plan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment, to protect forests from excessive logging and accidental fires through observation posts as well as rangers to patrol areas at risk. اضافة اعلان

According to Al-Anbat, 80 stations and monitoring towers have been erected across the Kingdom to monitor forest areas and patrols have been assigned to detect and report any illegal logging or encroachment of the Kingdom’s landscapes.

Registered areas of woodland in Jordan are estimated at 1.1 million dunums (1,100sq.km.), making up 1 percent of the Kingdom’s total area, concentrated in the central and northern governorates, including Balqa, Jerash, Ajloun, and parts of Irbid. Qudah said the ministry seeks to increase and protect woodland through the recent measures, which also involve raising awareness among communities and enforcing the Agriculture Law.

The ministry manages 14 plantations that grow most types of woodland trees, according to Qudah, and free of charge seedlings are distributed to citizens as well as to farmers and institutions to increase green spaces in the Kingdom. Qudah said the protection of Jordan’s forestry and woodland “is not the sole responsibility of the ministry; rather it is a social responsibility that requires the effort of all citizens.”

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