Some 28mn trips made on the Doha Metro since its launch
Qatar Rail held a tree-planting event on Thursday at the Airport Park – adjacent to Old Airport metro station on the Doha Metro Red Line – to mark World Environment Day, celebrated annually on June 5.
The event, in collaboration with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), comes as part of the “Plant a Tree” initiative launched earlier by the company.
It witnessed the planting of 28 trees, representing 28mn trips made on the Doha Metro since its launch in May 2019.
Through this Green initiative, Doha Metro will plant a tree for every 1mn customer journeys taken on the metro until World Environment Day 2030.
It seeks to raise awareness on environmental sustainability, the importance of planting of trees, and preserving the planet.
The trees will provide a visual reflection of the metro’s success in growing ridership and providing greener journeys for all, according to Qatar Rail.
Ajlan al-Enazi, chief of Strategies and Business Development at Qatar Rail, said: “Qatar Rail is committed to contribute to a sustainable future, and this initiative will help create a green space legacy for all.”
“These trees will become a visual representation of our input to the environmental sustainability agenda, for both this and future generations to come and it will encourage more people to use the metro,” he said. “The number of journeys on Doha Metro have reached 28mn trips, and this is a significant milestone and it is a testament to public's confidence in metro services which are witnessing a gradual increase day by day.”
“We would like also to thank the MME for their contusions support and facilitating this event today at the Airport Park,” he added.
Mohamed Ibrahim al-Sada, assistant director of the Public Parks Department at the MME, explained that the event comes under the framework of its Million Trees initiative, which emphasise the importance for the environment and increases green landscapes as one of the main pillars within the Qatar National Vision 2030, in addition to supporting the “Plant A Tree” initiative by Qatar Rail.
The “One Million Trees” initiative was launched by the MME in 2019.
A community-wide responsibility built on active partnerships with society, it promotes green landscaping to support sustainability and help preserve the environment.
The initiative also aims to achieve plant diversity by increasing green spaces, trees and create beautiful scenery, which helps fight pollution by reducing carbon emissions.
It underlines the importance of trees in the ecosystem, their ability in mitigating the effects of climate change, and enhancing environmental sustainability efforts.
The MME’s Public Parks Department always encourages institutions and community members in Qatar to contribute and participate in the initiative, stressing that trees play a key role in preserving the ecosystem, creating a positive impact on human health, and enhancing the quality of life.
The Doha Metro’s state-of-the art design contributes to greener journeys and supports the nation’s development in line with the Qatar National Vison 2030.
The metro has paperless tickets and works regularly with partners to support and promote environmental initiatives in Qatar, in addition to reducing in the number of journeys by road that help reduce carbon emissions.
Doha Metro is the backbone of Qatar’s integrated public transport system, promoting the use of public transport in the country, and serves as a key contributor in the accomplishment of the Qatar National Vision 2030.
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