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Afforestation campaign for agricultural lands affected by fires in Al-Fakhoura in Lattakia countryside

With the participation of 42 volunteers from the "Journey and Trail" and "Syria Light" teams, a five-dunum afforestation campaign took place in the village of Al-Fakhoura in the countryside of Lattakia in an attempt to make up for the damage of the recent fires that overwhelmed the governorate's countryside.

Wissam Ali, leader of the "Journey and Trail" team, stated that this campaign is the first in a series of afforestation campaigns that will take place during the coming period in cooperation with the Lattakia Agriculture Directorate and a number of other volunteer teams, explaining that the campaign includes planting about 70 olive seedlings produced by a private nursery.

Aktham Ismail, the leader of the "Syria Light" team, indicated that tasks were distributed among the participants to complete the work quickly and perfectly despite the lack of equipment. Some of them uprooted the completely burnt trees after making sure that they were no longer suitable for agriculture. The other section dug  holes and prepared them for cultivation according to specific dimensions .

He explained that the forthcoming afforestation campaigns will target the affected agricultural lands in the areas of Jableh and Al-Qardaha.

An environmental walk and planting trees in Damascus as part of the National Environment Day celebrations

On November 2nd, the Governorate of Damascus organized an environmental march from Khaled Bin Al-Walid Street to the Citadel of Damascus, within the activities of the National Environment Day.

The activities were held under the title “Our Environment is Our Safety .Our Forest is Our Responsibility” and olive and orange trees were planted in the Mawazine Park behind the Damascus Al-Mujitahad Hospital.

A campaign for cleaning main roads in Lattakia

A campaign for cleaning the main roads in Lattakia province has been launched with the participation of public construction and  services sectors. 
The campaign will last for one week on the occasion of national environment day.

After large parts of it burned .. a plan to restore Burj Al- Maksour forest in Tal Kalakh countryside

Homs, (ST) - The Homs Agriculture Directorate developed a plan to restore and reclaim Burj Al-Maksour forest in Tal Kalakh countryside, which was damaged by the widespread fires that broke out last week.

Elias Bitar, Head of the Tal Kalakh Forest Department, said in a statement to SANA reporter today, that a large part of the forest area, which is about 70 dunums, planted with pine and eucalyptus trees, has been affected by the fire.

Bitar indicated that the directorate developed a plan to restore and reclaim the forest in terms of pruning burnt eucalyptus trees, which could grow again and removing damaged trees, especially pine, as they severely damaged, in addition to constructing a new fire trail  at the top of the mountain and rehabilitating the current roads.

Luay Nassar, mayor of Al-Akkari municipality to which the village of Burj Al-Maksour is affiliated to ,explained that the fire in the forest burned 100 olive trees in a field adjacent to the forest, pointing out that the rapid response of the people of the region and the firefighting personnel contributed to reducing the farmers' losses. He stressed that the main problem during the outbreak of the fire was the eastern winds and drought, which led to the rapid spread of the fire within the forest.

Intensive efforts to reclaim the forests affected by recent fires in Hama countryside

HAMA, (ST)- Forests in Syria are a national wealth and one of the most important factors for the stability of environment, climate and tourism. Recent wildfires in the western countryside of Hama have caused a catastrophic loss to Syria's natural forests and destroyed the charm of nature in that area, making the issue of intensifying and expanding reforestation campaigns to compensate for this painful loss and restore life to the forests an urgent need.

Government and civil society sectors in Syria are working hard to restore the green cover in the affected areas.

Eng. Ahmad Mirza, Head of the Protection Section at the Directorate of Agriculture in Hama, told SANA reporter that the directorate’s workers are getting ready to reclaim the forests sites that have been affected by fire and to prepare them for reforestation, indicating that no one is allowed to enter these sites for lumbering. He added that work teams are collecting the firewood and damaged branches using a special methodology that gives a chance to damaged trees to bloom again.