King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve to plant 100,000 seedlings in first phase of afforestation drive

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King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve to plant 100,000 seedlings in first phase of afforestation drive

April 15, 2021

King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve to plant 100,000 seedlings in first phase of afforestation drive



Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH —
 The King Abdulaziz Royal Reserve in Riyadh launched the first phase of its afforestation campaign, aiming to plant 500,000 seedlings.

The campaign is being carried out, in cooperation with the Special Forces for Environmental Security (SFES) and the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification.

The launching ceremony was held in the presence of Prince Miteb Bin Fahd Al-Faisal Al-Farhan, adviser to chairman of the Board of Directors of the King Abdulaziz Reserve and the King Salman Reserve, Dr. Khaled Al-Abdul Qadir, CEO of the Center, Col. Nasser Al-Selis, commander of the Special Force for Environmental Security in the Riyadh region, and a number of environmentalists and activists.

The first phase of the Reserve’s afforestation campaign includes the planting of 100,000 seedlings. The afforestation project in the reserve consists of seven phases, targeting the cultivation of 500,000 seedlings, which will be irrigated by water harvesting method.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.