Zarqa prepares forest project to enhance green spaces

Zarqa Governorate
A general view of Zarqa Governorate. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Zarqa Agriculture Directorate has finalized its preparations for the establishment of a forest near the Hashemiyah Agricultural Center. According to Engineer Ibtihaj Al-Kassabah, the Director of Zarqa Agriculture, more than 2000 trees will be planted in an area of approximately 50 dunums during the project's first phase. اضافة اعلان

The designated area has been carefully prepared, and the tree planting is scheduled to begin during the upcoming rainy season in December, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

This initiative aims to enhance green spaces and address the pollution challenges faced by the residents of Zarqa Governorate, particularly in the Hashemiyah area, which is home to the Jordanian Petroleum Refinery and several factories impacting air quality.

Over 2000 forest trees to be planted
The overall project covers an estimated area of 400 dunums and will be executed in four stages. Each stage will witness the planting of 50 dunums, totaling over 2000 forest trees.

Mohammed Youssef, the head of the Forestry Department, explained that preparations included the development of agricultural ponds and dedicated terraces for tree planting on the designated 50 dunums. Additionally, a water pump has been installed to extract water from the Zarqa River for irrigation purposes. Furthermore, a road has been opened in front of the Hashemiyah Agricultural Center to facilitate access to the project site.

The construction of a main pond covering an area of 2450 square meters on the 50 dunums was part of the preparations. Two additional supply ponds, each measuring 2875 square meters, were also established. These measures ensure the efficient water management required for the successful growth and sustainability of the forest.

With the completion of preparations, the stage is set for the commencement of tree planting in the near future. The forest project holds the promise of a greener and cleaner future for Zarqa Governorate, with its positive impact expected to be felt for years to come.

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