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New Nectar Species Cultivated during the Afforestation Campaign in the Northern Countryside of Lattakia

In commemoration of  the martyrs’ souls  who sacrificed their blood to water  their  motherland’s soil ,  “Ethar”  Charitable Society in cooperation  with the Syrian Beekeepers Association and the Agriculture Directorate in Lattakia  carried out on Saturday  an afforestation campaign in “Jabal Al Harra”  in Rabi’a district in the northern countryside of the governorate.

With the participation of more than 100  volunteers,  An area of one and a half hectares has been  cultivated  by about 600 different seedlings of carob and laurel trees, in addition to  new nectar species including  Robinia pseudoacacia , at the request of the Syrian Beekeepers Association.

Da’ad Al-Ajji, Head of  “Ethar”  Charitable Society , which takes care of  the wounded and provides aid to the families of the martyrs, explained to SANA  that that the  the society has an avid  interest in  the environmental aspect,  carrying out  afforestation campaigns and enriching the mountains with green cover  and  preserving the beauty of Syria.

She  stressed  that  carrying out the afforestation campaign in this site  specifically means the completion of the society’s  national tasks and to commemorate the martyrs who sacrificed their souls to defend their country . 

International report: Rapid economic growth leads to costly destruction of nature

A new report out on February 2nd from the U.K. government framing the natural environment as "our most precious asset" says the world's destruction of biodiversity has put economies at risk and that a fundamental restructuring of global consumption and production patterns is needed for humanity's survival.

The 600-page review was commissioned by Britain's Treasury and authored by Partha Dasgupta, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, who wrote that gross domestic product (GDP) is a faulty measure of sustainable economic growth. 

Experts warn of severe climate changes in Arab region that affect water and food

The Arab region is exposed to great changes in rainfall rates from year to year. It is threatened by the scarcity of rain  for being located within the  arid and semi-arid regions. This is clearly reflected in the scarcity of available water resources, and will have a great impact  on agricultural production and thus the availability of food and food security.

Scientific researches in the field of climate change, especially in the Arab region, show that the latter will be exposed to the most severe climatic changes, whether in terms of reduced rain rates or higher temperatures, in addition to a clear increase in the frequency of drought cycle. According to the opinion of a number of experts, these factors negatively affect agricultural productivity in relation to rain-fed and irrigated crops.

The second Syrian Honey Festival kicks off in Al-Jalaa, Damascus

With the participation of 34 beekeepers from the public and private sectors, the activities of the second Syrian Honey Festival were launched on the grounds of the Al-Galaa Sports City in Damascus on January 17.

The Arab Beekeepers Union in Syria in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture organized the 5-day festival under the title “Honey ... Food, Medicine and Cure”.

Afforestation of 20 dunums in the Shumaria Mountains in the Mukhram area in Homs countryside

On January 11th , the Homs Agriculture Directorate carried out an afforestation campaign in the Al-Mukhram area in the eastern countryside of the governorate of Homs.

The Director of Agriculture, Eng. Muhammad Nazih Al-Rifai, said in that the afforestation campaign was carried out in an area of 20 dunums in the Wadi Zeidan site within the Shumaria Mountains in the Mukhram area.

Eng. Ziad Fandi, Head of the Forestry Department at the Agriculture Directorate, said that the campaign is part of the afforestation plan for the 2020-2021 season and aims to cultivate degraded areas, as the area has been sabotaged and cut off by terrorist groups.