Syria’s AANES to create artificial forest at cost of $15 thousand

This report by Asso Ibrahim was published by North Press Agency on 24 February, 2022

On Thursday, the Environment Directorate resumed its project, which was part of plans for 2021,  to create an artificial forest consisting of 3,430 trees on an area of 4 hectares in the Mizgaft Dam area, east of Qamishli, northeast Syria.

”In fact, this is the first step of other strategic steps conducted by the Environment Board in Jazira region,” Suleiman Arab, Co-Chairman of the Local Administration and Environment Board, said.

 “The project is planting about 3430 trees on an area of about 4 hectares. Most of the tress that we will plant will be forest trees like Pine and cypress trees, and there can also be mulberry trees,” he added.

 “$150,000 have been allocated for the projects Within the 2022 plan. As far this project, $15 thousand were allocated to this project to cover the costs of buying and planting plants, watering them and the service and caring in general,” according to Arab.

 “Regarding watering the trees that we will plant, It will be through generators pumping water from the dam through watering lines by hoses until it reaches the area. Watering issues have been also studied by specialized engineers,” Munzir Suleiman, an administrative official in the Environment Directorate in the Jazeera region, told North Press.

We ask all the people of the region and people who are interested in the environment, institutions, departments and bodies to support us to continue these projects. We also ask them to keep these forests clean and the trees safe, as the trees are considered as the lungs of the regions,” he added.

“As for the Mizgaft Reserve, the environment has been greatly damaged because it’s near primitive oil refineries, as well as the presence of cars and the generators that run on diesel,” he added.

“However, we try to avoid or reduce all of these problems through these projects which are being carried out by the Environment Directorate,” according to Suleiman.