(MENAFN- The Peninsula) By Sanaullah Ataullah | The Peninsula
Doha: Brushing aside misconceptions surrounding allotment of land for a poultry farm in an arable land, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment has clarified that all projects will meet environmental requirements.
The clarification came after concerns were raised by environment activists for shifting of a poultry farm project to green land for environmental reason.
'The Ministry of Municipality and Environment intends to clarify about the allocation of land for a poultry farm project. Protection of Qatar's environment is among its top priorities, the Ministry tweeted yesterday.
Protection of environment is one of the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 therefore no project will get license without implementing the environmental requirements and obtaining the necessary environmental permits, said the post.
The Ministry of Municipality and Environment emphasised that the protection of arable land and the environment in general is one of its strategic priorities. Therefore, the aforementioned project of poultry farm is still being studied by the authorities concerned at the Ministry.
The Ministry noted that the establishment of food security projects of the country including poultry project, should be implemented within the framework of the Ministry's strategy to preserve the land environment.
Qatari environmental activists are running an online campaign to protect green arable land locally called 'Rawd.
The campaign launched on Tweeter under hashtag 'Ibadu Al Mashari An Al Rawd (Keep away the projects from arable lands) received overwhelming response from citizens and other environment activists.
'Greenery and arable lands are true face of Qatar which must be preserved, so removing this beauty because of a poultry farm is against Qatari heritage, said a comment posted on the hashtag. 'We demand to keep away projects from green areas. Arable lands and environment are an incredible wealth, said another comment.
Another commentator said that he demanded from the authorities concerned to provide alternative places for establishing projects instead of green land. The members of the Central Municipal Council (CMC) also raised similar voice demanding the authorities concerned to avoid allotting lands for projects in arable areas during earlier regular sessions of the Council.
A CMC member, Khalid bin Abdullah Al Ghali had made a proposal, raising concerns about encroachment of green lands and allotment of arable lands by the Urban Planning Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment for the projects of housing, foods and poultry farms.
Al Ghali said in his proposal that these projects can be implemented at non-arable lands. He also suggested to the officials to coordinate with environment activist in launching such projects.
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