Oman


Environment Society of Oman plants 6,000 trees in afforestation drive


More than 6,000 native species of trees were planted in the Governorate of Dhofar during the two-year project.

Muscat: The Environment Society of Oman (ESO) recently celebrated the completion of its 'Let's Plant One' campaign with a closing ceremony held at Salalah Applied Science College under the patronage of Sheikh Salim bin Ufait Al Shanfri, Head of Dhofar Municipality.

Sponsors and volunteers gathered to acknowledge and praise the success of the two-year project that has reintroduced 6,000 native species of trees to the Governorate of Dhofar. Sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Conservation and Environmental Grants and Port of Salalah, the campaign was launched in 2012 and recently came to a close after fulfilling its objective in raising awareness about preserving local flora.

Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamoud Al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, had kicked-off phase one of the campaign for planting 6,000 Omani trees initially.

This served as the foundation for the complimentary elements of phase two, which focused on ESO's outreach strategy of raising awareness about various environmental issues in 26 local schools, with the aim of attracting more volunteers.

The ceremony included a summary presentation of the various phases of the campaign, as well as presentation of certificates and gifts as a mark of gratefulness to the supporting agencies and volunteers who assisted in the project.

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