Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) concluded 2021 with its annual tree planting campaign “For Our Emirates We Plant”, WAM reports.
This significant event took place on the special date 21.12.21; it witnessed the participation of more than 2,000 participants planting native saplings of Ghaf and Sidr trees in the Emirate of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.
The tree planting began in the early morning at the Al Minae (Skheibar Area) – South of Ras Al Khaimah which was held under the patronage and presence of Sheikh Engineer Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, member of the Executive Council of the Government of Ras Al-Khaimah and Chairman of the RAK Department of Civil Aviation; followed by another tree planting in the afternoon in Layan 2 Area in association with Dubai Municipality and the management of Saih Al Salam Management.
Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Co-founder and Chairperson of EEG said “The COP 26 had taken place in November 2021 bringing worldwide leaders to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. More than 100 countries overseeing 85 percent of the world’s forests agreed to reverse deforestation by 2030. 12 wealthy countries pledged 12$ billion through 2025 to address deforestation in developing countries”.
She continued “I am proud to share with you that since the inception of this programme in 2007 EEG has managed to plant 2,105,246 trees in different areas in the UAE including this year’s numbers of 4,457 and with proper caring, these trees will reach maturity in 3 – 5 years. They will mitigate over 12,414 Metric Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere annually which will contribute to enhancing the health and wellbeing of the people as well as help achieve UAE’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions and tackle the issue of climate change”.
She explained that all these outcomes would not have been achieved without the effective partnership between Emirates Environmental Group and all the entities and organizations public and private that have participated with us.
She continued “EEG’s recycling and urban afforestation programmes are unique in the fact that they bring together people of all ages, genders, nationalities and cultures to unite for the cause of sustainability; ensuring that waste is diverted from landfills, thereby protecting the natural habitat and ecosystem, create carbon sinks, and help develop a thriving flora and fauna population, all of which contribute to achieving the UNSDGs”.