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Tuesday, 17 May 2022 12:56 GMT

Qatar - Ministry launches encyclopedia of plants at DIBF


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

Doha: The pavilion of the Ministry of Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in cooperation with the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD), launched The Encyclopedia of Native & Non-Native Plants in Eastern Arabia' during an event at Doha International Book Fair.

The event was held within the activities of Qatari Forum for Authors at the Book Fair, in the presence of Muhammad Ali Al Khoury, Director of Public Parks Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman of GORD.

It is the first comprehensive encyclopedia on plants that provides a comprehensive guide on the cultivation of plants in the climate, terrain and desert plains in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, extending from Kuwait to the coast of Oman on the Arabian Gulf. The encyclopedia, published with distinguished printing techniques, is also a unique resource that will enrich public and private libraries in Qatar and the MENA region.

Muhammad Ali Al Khoury said that the Ministry of Municipality has many publications and books in various fields, including the book Trees of Qatar, which talks about the types of trees in Qatar. 

He said that the ministry has also launched several projects and initiatives in the field of plantation, including the initiative 'Plant Million Tree', which will be completed before the 2022 World Cup, in addition to launching the 10 million trees initiative until 2030.

Dr. Yousef Alhorr, said:“Since Doha International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the region, we find it an ideal platform to display this encyclopedia, which is a literary and scientific piece in its field. Among the most comprehensive scientific literature on plants found in eastern Arabia, we sincerely hope that this encyclopedia will inspire researchers to provide more real research work in areas related to sustainability.”

The preparation of the encyclopedia took seven years of field research work, in addition to the use of hundreds of specialised scientific references by a group of experts and specialists, to issue the encyclopedia in six volumes containing nearly 3,500 pages and covering more than 800 plants.

The encyclopedia includes a systematically arranged collection of plant species with descriptive details such as their conservation status, distribution throughout the world, the age and forms of plants, their adaptability to weather conditions, and their cultivation areas.

The encyclopedia is characterised by integrating the economic, medical and environmental engineering uses of plants, while providing qualitative and up-to-date information for professionals working in different sectors, such as architecture, health, medicine, green space engineering, and other different disciplines.

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