* QF member collaborates with QRCS to rehabilitate 300 desert trees in Rawdat al-Faras area

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), the first garden in the world to exhibit all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah, marked Qatar Environment Day 2022 with a wild desert tree restoration event at Rawdat al-Faras in Al Nasraniya.The event was held in close collaboration with Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS), the Department of Protection and Wildlife at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, which allocated the Rawdat al-Faras area to be rehabilitated by QBG with the assistance of QRCS’ volunteers.
QBG is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

Entity representatives and volunteers from the QRCS, Dukhan Independent School for Boys, Dukhan Independent Preparatory Secondary School for Girls, the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science and the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority, joined in to help preserve and restore 300 Umbrella (Samor), Acacia ehrenbergiana (Salam), Sidra and Leptadenia (Marakh) trees and shrubs in the area, which are native to Qatar and the Arabian Peninsula.
These environmental protection efforts were made within the framework of Qatar’s bid to support key components of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), such as the UN Environment Programme and the Food and Agricultural Organisation, which aims to halt the deterioration of ecosystems and restore them in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Fatima al-Khulaifi, director of QBG, said: “Qatar Environment Day is a very special occasion for our garden and a reminder of the importance of taking conscious decisions today that protect our planet and keep it healthy for the generations to come. Working together with the community to take care of our environment is at the heart of everything we do at QBG.
“In previous years, QBG has also helped restore the Rawdat Al Faras area by planting wild plants and our environmental specialists provided detailed explanations of the types of wild plants, insects, and reptiles inhabiting the area, and their important role in preserving the ecosystem.”
Ali Saleh al-Marri, head of the Wildlife Section, Protection and Wildlife Department, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, explained: “The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change places among its priorities the protection and conservation of local plants, the rehabilitation of endangered species in the country, the conservation and preservation of local vegetation cover and the resettlement of endangered flora and fauna. I thank the QBG for its tireless efforts and constructive cooperation with the administration in rehabilitating the Qatari ecosystem and providing us with large quantities of wild seedlings to revive plant nurseries in Qatar.”
Muna Fadel al-Sulaiti, executive director of Volunteering and Local Development at QRCS, said climate change is one of the most serious global challenges: “Humanitarian work is harnessed to mitigate the negative impacts on the present or future, adapt to challenges, build knowledge and awareness and create effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders in government, civil society organizations, the private sectors and local communities in accordance with the Climate and Environment Charter for Humanitarian Organisations, of which QRCS is a signatory.”
Environmental experts and researchers present at the event provided detailed explanations of the types of wild plants, insects, and reptiles inhabiting the area, and their important role in preserving the ecosystem.
QBG’s ecological restoration activity falls in line with the UN’s SDGs, the environmental pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030, and QBG’s goal of restoring Qatar’s ecosystem, combating desertification, and empowering the local community to make decisions and take actions that help protect the planet and restore its natural ecological balance.
In a bid to further support Qatar’s sustainability and environmental protection efforts and as part of QBG’s recently signed MoU with QRCS, QBG has pledged to donate 2.5mn trees to be planted by QRCS volunteers throughout Qatar over a period of 10 years. This is part of the greater goal of contributing to the environmental initiative of the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organisation to plant 50mn trees in Arab countries, and consistent with Qatar’s commitment of planting 10mn trees by 2030.
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