Egypt’s Environment, Agriculture ministries sign afforestation protocol

Environment Minister Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Agriculture Mohamed al-Qusayr and Qaliubiya Governor Abdel Hamid al-Haggan signed a protocol of joint cooperation on Sunday for the afforestation of streets at the cities of Khanka and Abu Zaabal, and to supply trees to the Ministry of Environment’s department in New Cairo.

Fouad said that the protocol is carried out in two phases: the first stage includes planting 4,000 trees at the cities of Khanka and Abu Zaabal. The second phase is for the supply of a number of trees to the Ministry of Environment department in New Cairo, and spread awareness of afforestation in all sectors of the society, especially among students.

The agreement also includes the afforestation of the Educational Cultural Center (Cairo House), and the Ministry of Environment’s building in Maadi.

The signing of these protocols comes as part of joint cooperation between the state institutions to protect the environment in order to achieve sustainable development goals, increase the per capita green space, reduce pollution (especially in industrial cities) and contribute to addressing climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions, Fouad said.

Criteria has been established defining the types and sizes of the trees used, so as to use the minimum amount of water, easily maintain them, ensure they resist climatic conditions, and absorb the largest amount of pollutants.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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