The Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’, through the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, participated with students from Qatar Academy-Doha, a member of Qatar Foundation, in planting trees at Khalifa Avenue Project on 9 October 2019, as a continuation of the campaign that was recently launched by the Committee. The event was attended by Eng. Yousef Abdulrahman Al Emadi, Projects Affairs Director at Ashghal, Eng. Mohammed Arqoub Al Khalidi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads & Public Places in Qatar, Mrs. Nicole Anderson, Middle School Assistant Principal at Qatar Academy-Doha and a number of participants from Ashghal and the Academy. During the event Eng. Amna Al-Bader, Secretary of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar presented some information about the project and the importance of planting trees and increasing green areas in the preservation of the environment. She also explained that trees will be planted from Qatari environment such as Al Sidr trees (Ziziphus spina-christi) and Sumur trees (Acacia tortilis).
Today, 25 students from Qatar Academy-Doha participated in the planting of 20 trees in Khalifa Avenue Road Project, one of Ashghal’s highways projects, as part of the Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees Campaign, which will be implemented weekly by many participating students from different levels of education to plant trees throughout Qatar over eight months. The campaign will continue until the end of 2021.
The Committee carries out this campaign with the aim of raising awareness among school students about the importance of planting trees and instilling environmental values in them, and emphasizing that protecting and preserving the environment is the duty of everyone in the community, thus encouraging students to participate in achieving the goals of the country and carry out voluntary work to preserve the environment in Qatar.
Mrs. Nicole Anderson, Middle School Assistant Principal at Qatar Academy-Doha, expressed her happiness to see the students’ participation in planting trees in Qatar. Especially that the formation of children personalities at early stage enable them to become good citizens who strive to serve their country and work hard for its development and prosperity.
On the other hand, the students were cheerful in participating in the plantation. They were happy to get chance to learn more and felt proud to have planted their own trees on the land of Qatar, whereas one student expressed his keenness on watching the daily growth of the tree he has planted.
It is worth mentioning that the Khalifa Avenue project includes planting 6830 trees, of 312,000 meters square of green areas, 780 light poles, about 400 seats, 35 wooden Pergolas, 14 km of pedestrian and cycle paths and a 256 meter pedestrians and Cyclists’ Bridge.
Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar
The committee works under the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME), in coordination with several ministries and other entities of the State such as Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar Railway Company, Private Engineering Bureau among others. This Committee is responsible for five major tasks including construction of central public parks, provision of dedicated lanes for pedestrians and bicycles, development of the Doha Corniche, development of Central Doha, and increasing afforestation and greenery areas.
The Committee’s work will contribute to enhance sustainability through minimizing environmental pollution, reducing emission of CO2 through minimized consumption and conservation of energy resources. It will also focus on provision of more public transport options aiming at reduced use of private cars and improve lifestyle through clean and safe transportation. It will also work for provision of healthy environment within residential neighborhoods and places of public gatherings through increased afforestation and landscaping, which will greatly help in reducing temperature in cities.