December 12, 2007

Forest enhancement in Jordan

Honorary Consul of Ireland in Amman Ramzi Khoury and Al Shajarah Foundation Vice Chairman Hazem Malhas sign a grant agreement in the presence of HRH Prince Hamzah, honorary chairman of the Al Shajarah Foundation, on Tuesday (Petra photo)

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AMMAN (JT) - HRH Prince Hamzah, the honorary chairman of the Al Shajarah
Foundation, on Tuesday received the foundation’s first donation for its future
The 24,000-euro donation was presented to the Prince by
Honorary Consul of Ireland in Amman Ramzi Khoury, from Ireland’s In-Country
Micro-Project Scheme, according to statement released by the foundation.
Al Shajarah board members as well as the foundation’s director, Fuad Srouji,
attended the event at Wild Jordan, celebrating the beginning of pilot programmes
in forest enhancement in Jordan.
The foundation was established in June 2006 under the guidance and chairmanship of Prince Hamzah with the vision of becoming an advocate for strategies, policies, plans and programmes aimed at increasing and enhancing areas covered by trees and forests in Jordan.
The foundation’s mission is to promote the acknowledgement of trees as living entities, critical to the ecological balance and attainment of sustainable socio-economic development, and to advocate for national policies, strategies, laws and
regulations to conserve and increase this natural green cover.
To this end, the foundation will inaugurate this season by initiating a project to reforest an area of 15 hectares in Jerash with the support of Zain Company and the
Forestry Directorate, according to the statement.
It will also contact several private sector firms to fund reforestation efforts in all governorates, and conduct awareness campaigns among public, private and educational sectors to advocate the preservation of forests, the planting and maintenance of trees and minimising tree cutting for firewood by promoting the use of dried jiffit blocks (olive pomace) as an alternative.

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