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Ministry of Climate Change and Environment Launches Ghafat Al Khair Initiative in Dubai

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE), in collaboration with the Community Development Authority (CDA), today rolled out the Ghafat Al Khair initiative that aims to provide senior citizens in Dubai with 200 Ghaf seedlings to plant in their houses.

To kick off the unique initiative that focuses on preserving the nation’s heritage and environment in the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Ahmed Julfar, Director General of CDA, planted a Ghaf tree in the Authority’s Thukher Social Club in Dubai’s Al Barsha area.

His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “Selecting the Ghaf tree as the theme of the Year of Tolerance adds greater momentum to our efforts to target indigenous plants in our greening efforts. Ghaf trees, in particular, are associated with the founding father of the UAE, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who planted thousands of them and issued legislations that made it illegal to cut them down.”

He added: “MOCCAE is always keen to join forces with the public and private sector to preserve local biodiversity and make the UAE greener. Ghafat Al Khair is in line with the Ministry’s efforts to mark the Year of Tolerance. We hope the initiative will increase public understanding that the concept of tolerance is not limited to human interactions and includes in its scope the peaceful coexistence of people and their surrounding environment.”

For his part, His Excellency Julfar applauded MOCCAE for engaging senior citizens in its community outreach activities. He said: “The Ghaf tree is deeply-rooted in the tradition and culture of this land. Similar to our elderly, the tree is a symbol of our national identity, generosity and pride.”

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