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Saudi Arabia’s afforestation drive makes noteworthy progress

The Saudi National Afforestation Program actively contributes to the kingdom's green objectives.

Saudi Arabia’s afforestation drive makes noteworthy progress
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In the two weeks since its launch, the Saudi National Afforestation Program has made significant progress across the nation, with participation from numerous volunteers, government and private entities, as well as nonprofit organizations, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

As part of the Green Saudi Initiative, the National Center for Vegetation Cover Development and Combating Desertification (NCVC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, has launched the National Afforestation Program. This initiative seeks to enhance green spaces, combat desertification, and promote community awareness about environmental preservation in the kingdom.

Diplomats, environmentalists, organizations, and volunteers collaborated in planting 1,500 trees at Thadiq National Park, with the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in Riyadh.

In addition, the King Salman Energy Park aims to plant 23,000 seedlings. Meanwhile, in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, 5,844 seedlings have been planted in Al-Ahsa National Park. Also, 75 volunteers have participated in Ithra’s reading marathon, where a tree is planted for every 100 pages read, with a collective target of 5,000 trees.

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