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Bahrain launches innovative Mobile Arboretum initiative to promote afforestation and environmental awareness

Bahrain has launched an ambitious mobile arboretum initiative during the holy month of Ramadan.

Under the guidance of the Capital Municipal Council and other municipal bodies, the ministry distributed 4,455 seedlings across 14 carefully selected areas spanning the kingdom’s governorates.

This visionary project by the Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture Ministry aims to raise environmental consciousness, strengthen community engagement, and transform Bahrain’s urban landscape through strategic afforestation efforts.

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The mobile arboretum initiative, a first-of-its-kind endeavour in Bahrain, seeks to empower citizens and residents alike to actively participate in greening their surroundings.

A Tree for Every Heart:

The significance of this initiative extends far beyond the mere planting of trees. Each sapling represents hope, resilience, and a commitment to a sustainable future. As these young trees take root, they promise to:

•             Combat Climate Change: Trees act as natural carbon sinks, absorbing greenhouse gases and mitigating the effects of climate change. Bahrain’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 aligns seamlessly with this noble cause.

•             Enhance Biodiversity: The mobile arboretum diversifies Bahrain’s urban ecosystem, providing shelter and sustenance for local wildlife. From birds to insects, these green havens nurture biodiversity and ecological balance.

•             Improve Air Quality: As the seedlings mature, they will filter pollutants from the air, ensuring cleaner, fresher breaths for Bahrain’s residents. Cleaner air translates to healthier lives.

•             Create Green Oases: The chosen areas for afforestation include bustling neighbourhoods, public parks, and community spaces. These green oases will offer shade, tranquillity, and a sense of connection to nature.

At the helm of this transformative initiative stands the Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture Ministry Under-Secretary Shaikh Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Khalifa. His commitment to environmental stewardship and community well-being has catalysed this remarkable endeavour.

In an interview with Bahrain News Agency, Shaikh Mohammed emphasised that the mobile arboretum initiative is not merely about planting trees—it’s about sowing seeds of awareness, unity, and responsibility.

He stated, “Our goal is to nurture a culture where every citizen becomes a custodian of our environment.”

A Call to Action

The mobile arboretum initiative blends seamlessly with Bahrain’s national afforestation strategy. By strategically planting trees in urban pockets, the kingdom aims to create a resilient green infrastructure that withstands the challenges of urbanisation and climate change.

As the sun sets over Bahrain’s newly planted saplings, hope blossoms. The mobile arboretum initiative is a testament to Bahrain’s commitment to a greener, more sustainable future—one where every citizen plays a vital role in nurturing the earth.

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