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Number of roadside trees to be doubled by 2035

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A series of extensive afforestation projects will see the number of roadside trees in Bahrain double by 2035.

Municipalities Affairs and Agriculture Minister Wael Al Mubarak unveiled plans to take the number of roadside trees from 1.8 million to 3.6 million over the next 12 years.

Trees are being planted over a 14-kilometer stretch from the upper bridge intersections of the Shaikh Isa bin Salman Highway and the Shaikh Khalifa Highway to the Zallaq intersection.

As many as 11,720 shade trees, including neem, hibiscus, ficus, eucalyptus, and cassia, will be planted under the project, as these are best suited for the kingdom’s environment. The project, initiated in February 2023, has completed 45 per cent of its tasks. This aligns with Bahrain’s commitments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, noted the minister while inspecting the afforestation and beautification works being carried out along the Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway.

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Mr Al Mubarak emphasised the ministry’s strategy, which focused on enhancing the main streets and intersections by planting trees and expanding green spaces in different governorates.

The goal is to add aesthetic value to the streets and increase the green area, leading to environmental preservation and a boost in local plant diversity.

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