The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, represented by the Wildlife Development Department, organized an awareness-raising event, which consisted of collecting seeds and planting 300 seedlings of mangrove (propagules) trees in Al Dhakhira Reserve.
The Ministry implemented this event in conjunction with the season of flowering and falling mangrove seeds, knowing that the department has announced; in a related context, the organization of several similar events on this occasion in Fuwairit Beach, in addition to Al Dhakhira Reserve, in cooperation with civil society organizations.
Volunteers from Qatar Red Crescent participated in the event, in the presence of a number of officials and specialists in the Wildlife Development Department.
After inaugurating the event, Mr. Saad Ibrahim Al Kaabi, Head of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Unit at the Wildlife Development Department, welcomed the attendees, stressing the importance of holding such awareness-raising events related to agriculture, seedling cultivation, seed collection and other related awareness activities in reserves, beaches and other areas and sites to be identified.
The experts participating in the event also gave explanations about the mangrove (propagules) trees and the method of planting them, as well as how to properly collect the seeds.
This awareness-raising event included cultivating mangrove (propagules) seedlings, collecting a quantity of seeds, honoring the participating parties and distributing some souvenirs.
It is worth noting that the mangroves, also known as propagules, perform important environmental functions, including protecting coastal areas from the effects of wind, waves and ocean currents, as well as preserving biodiversity, protecting coral reefs, seagrass habitats, and navigational passages.
It also provides suitable places for marine organisms to breed, providing nutrients for a variety of fish and shellfish; including many commercial species, in addition to its prominent role in absorbing blue carbon and releasing oxygen.
Mangroves (propagules) are spread along the northeastern coast of the country, and the Wildlife Development Department plans to cultivate and protect them, within the framework of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s plan to expand its cultivation.