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Environment Authority launches green initiative  to achieve environmental sustainability in Musandam 

9 Sep 2023 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Environment Authority (EA) unveiled an initiative called Green Madha in Musandam last week, marking a significant stride towards the sultanate’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Hosted at Madha Club and graced by Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Amri, Chairman of EA, the event saw participation of various government agencies, private sector leaders, local community members and prominent citizens.

Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Amri

An EA official informed that the initiative targets the enhancement of Madha’s environment, leveraging its unique natural makeup and green cover. Given its relative isolation from major industrial activity and pollutants, Madha stands as an ideal location for this project.

The central aim of Green Madha is to bolster environmental sustainability within the wilayat. Key focus areas include preserving vegetation, monitoring air pollution sources, integrating the circular economy approach, improving waste management, ensuring environmental cleanliness, and advancing environmental services.

The unveiling event also highlighted several environmental projects spearheaded by EA and other stakeholders, including a drive to plant 30,000 trees and a million seeds within the year, establish a model village for livestock breeders, combat invasive plants, and restore aflaj impacted by weather. Other showcased projects included solar electricity generation, municipal waste management, green waste collection, and adoption of modern irrigation methods for green zones.

Addressing the gathering, Amri said that the first goal of the initiative was to achieve environmental sustainability through diverse projects. These span restoration and plant-

ing vegetation for wildlife, expanding dam systems, optimising natural water consumption, recycling green waste, eradicating invasive tree species and more. 

He emphasised that the collaborative efforts of various sectors, including contributions of the Namaa Group, the Public Services Regulatory Authority, be’ah and initiatives by Musandam Municipality, underscore the collective responsibility towards the environment.

Hamad al Maamari, Wali of Madha, stressed on the significance of the Green Madha initiative. Underscoring Madha’s rich vegetation and clean environment, he noted that the initiative would further enhance these attributes in line with Oman Vision 2040.

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