(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Aroosa Khalid | The Peninsula
Doha: The Qur'anic Botanic Garden (QBG), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), hosted a tree-planting event at Oxygen Park yesterday as part of its popular ‘Ghars' campaign in collaboration with Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF).
The tree-planting ceremony, held at the Oxygen Park at Education City, was also attended by Fatima Saleh Al Khulaifi, Project Manager of QBG and Dr Yury Sentyurin, Secretary-General of the GECF.
Both guests also addressed the audience comprised of staff, country delegations and media. They underlined the importance of nature in today's world.
In total, 20 sidr trees were planted in the heart of the Education City, symbolising each of the Forum's 19 member countries as well as tree for the GECF Secretariat, which is based in Doha. The actual planting of the trees was performed by members of the diplomatic corps and GECF staff. A tree symbolising Qatar was raised by Qatar's Executive Board Member of GECF, Shiekh Mishal Bin Jabor Al Thani. The ceremony was also an endorsement of the GECF commitment to environmental preservation and responsible eco-conscious industrial behaviour.
The ceremony was followed by a horse and falcon show, reflecting the unique character of Qatar and concluded with an elegant reception.
The ‘Ghars'-led event was designed to raise awareness of the importance of environmental conservation, and is in line with QBG's overarching goal of cultivating 2,022 trees by the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Talking to The Peninsula, Fatima Saleh Al Khulaifi, Project Manager, QBG, said: 'We are looking forward to increase our collaboration international and locally. We are working to reach all community globally and locally to raise and increase the awareness about the importance of planting and vegetation.
'Ghars campaign which was launched in 2011 organises a series of event every year and this event is one of the series. We are looking to launch another campaign in the future that will be in relation to Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture.
Sheikh Mishal bin Jabor Al Thani said: 'Qatar is blessed with natural resources and mainly gas but we have been blessed with something which is more important which transforms this peace of love and desert into a green peace which is a peace of education a message we send to the world that we are prosperity and peace loving nation. Therefore we transform all resources into human development.