Muscat – The Environment Authority (EA) conducted a two-day workshop at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in its efforts to plant 10mn wild trees that concluded last week.
According to an EA official, the workshop highlighted the importance of the 10mn wild trees project and the economic benefits of wild trees. “Identification of economic empowerment programmes and the use of renewable energy were also discussed at the workshop,” he informed.
The workshop aimed to enhance cooperation and unify efforts to create a national coalition of all government, private and civil society agencies to implement the project and achieve its objectives.
“Such efforts help find solutions to the challenges facing the project, create investment opportunities, and prepare for the establishment of a special laboratory for this national initiative,” the official said.
The campaign to plant 10mn wild trees, he confirmed, is proceeding well and according to the authority’s plan. “The process of cultivating seedlings is going on in various governorates. Nurseries have been expanded and new ones established. These have been provided with seeds from a seed bank established for the purpose.”
In January 2020, EA in cooperation with Petroleum Development Oman, launched the campaign to plant 10mn wild trees in the next ten years.
The wild tree species include ghaf, al samar and sidr, for which nurseries are being set up.