Doha: While Qatar is not spared the consequences of environmental difficulties, it is also perfectly positioned to lead the global fight against desertification.
“With one of the toughest and hottest climates on the planet, Qatar faces the most pressing environmental challenges and is well positioned to lead the fight against desertification on a global scale,” Expo 2023 Doha Secretary-General, Mohammed Al Khouri, told The Peninsula.
The 179-day Expo 2023, which will take place from October 2, 2023 to March 28, 2024, will address the difficulties that hot desert nations encounter in the fields of desertification and sustainability. Three million people from all over the world are expected to attend the Expo 2023 Doha.
Al Khouri said that with droughts being one of the most serious threats to sustainable development, the world has seen unprecedented mobilisation in the fight against desertification, encouraging afforestation projects around the world, particularly in the most vulnerable areas, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Sub-Saharan Africa.
When a forest is created across a landscape devoid of trees, it is referred to as afforestation. “Turning deserts green is a powerful way of fighting against climate change, ensuring food security and water supply in the most environmentally challenging places,” Al Khouri said.
On how to address desertification, Al Khouri said it will be through four approaches — modern agriculture, technology and innovation, environmental awareness and sustainability.
“Doha will invite visitors and participants to explore all the possible tactics to create green deserts and therefore fight climate change through a well-thought collective effort with a strong focus on the power of plants and greenery,” he said.
At the Expo, the country’s agricultural production, as well as the development of parks and green areas, will be showcased. According to the most recent data from the Ministry of Municipality, Qatar produced 100,000 tonnes of agricultural products in 2022, bringing the nation’s level of vegetable self-sufficiency to 46 percent.
By the utilisation of greenhouses, the agricultural season will be extended throughout the year rather than only from November to May.
“Qatar’s experience in boosting its agricultural production, expanding parks and green spaces will also be highlighted at …
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