The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), described as the first in the world to exhibit all plant species mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith, and Sunnah, marked Qatar Environment Day, held annually on February 26, with a series of activities in co-operation with local and international entities, including ministries, local NGOs, and the Qatar Development Bank (QDB).
Among the events was a wild plant restoration event at Rawdat al-Faras in Al Nasraniya, which the Environmental Protection Reserves & Wildlife Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has allocated to the QBG for rehabilitation.
Participants restored 300 desert trees adhering to social distancing regulations.
The event took place in co-operation with the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science that in turn co-ordinated the participation of the Youth Affairs Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and the Department of Conservation and Energy Efficiency Tarsheed at the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation.
The QBG brought together members of the Scout and Guide Association of Qatar and Friends of the Environment Center.
Qatar Environment Day activities also included the launch of the Seeds Exhibition of the Flora of Qatar, located at the QBG Museum.
At present, the exhibition contains 20 types of natural plant seed samples from diverse flora that can be found across Qatar, from the collection of the QBG’s Conservation Centre.
As part of its Ghars campaign, the QBG also organised a tree-planting ceremony with Women in Construction and Allied Sectors in Qatar, a member of Bayanihan Qatar, a federation of Filipino grassroots organisations.
In line with the United Nations’ SDGs (sustainable development goals) and the environmental pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030, the Ghars campaign aims to plant 2,022 trees in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Following the MoU signed with the Qatar Development Bank last December, the QBG launched its first online interactive workshop on Qatar Environment Day for QDB clients, which aimed to familiarise participants with greenhouses, home-cultivation techniques and management, irrigation techniques, hydroponics, fertilisers, sustainable planting practices, and pest control.
The aim of the workshop is to contribute to Qatar’s efforts to protect the environment and its natural balance.
QBG director Fatima al-Khulaifi said: “Qatar Environment Day is an especially important occasion for the QBG.”
“Sustainability and protecting the environment is crucial for the future of Qatar, and we are pleased to have collaborated with well-respected entities all over the country towards this indispensable goal,” she said. “Additionally, we are working with diverse parties to rehabilitate endemic plants and plant wild trees in their desert habitats to reduce carbon emissions and limit desertification in Qatar.”
“The QBG is fully committed to providing the community with the expertise and tools required to make them active contributors to Qatar’s sustainable development and the environmental pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030,” she added.