The Egyptian state is implementing a national agenda for sustainable development in which the environmental dimension is a main focus in a way that contributes to the optimal utilization of natural resources and investment in them, while providing a clean, healthy and safe environment for citizens, which has been translated on the ground through various initiatives, some of which aim to increase the green area at the global level. Republic, including the presidential initiative for afforestation “100 million trees”, for which 3 billion pounds will be allocated over 7 years.
According to government reports, the returns of the initiative include the economic returns of planting varieties of trees with an economic return, whether fruit trees such as olives and palms, or wooden trees (mahogany, jatropha) or other trees with an economic return.
As for the social returns, they include, according to reports, doubling the current per capita share of green spaces in Egypt, which is estimated at 1.2 m 2 / person, in addition to absorbing pollutants and sequestering fumes and dust, which will reflect positively on the public health of citizens.
In terms of environmental returns, the initiative includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 61.2 million tons annually, equivalent to 20% of Egypt’s current total annual emissions, in addition to improving air quality.
Regarding the stages of implementing the initiative, government reports say that it will be implemented over the course of 7 years starting from this year, with 10 million trees in 2022/2023, and 15 million trees during the years 2023/2024, 2024/2025, 2025/2026, and 2026/2027. 2027/2028 and 2028/2029.
Initiative implementation agencies
According to official reports, there are 3 main parties participating in the implementation of the initiative, as the Ministry of Local Development contributes to planting 80 million trees, including 7.7 million trees during the first year.
With regard to the efforts of the Ministry of Environment, it includes contributing to planting 13 million trees, including 1.3 million trees in the first year, while the New Urban Communities Authority contributes to planting 7 million trees, including one million trees in the first year, in addition to other contributions and afforestation projects.
Regarding the efforts of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, 185,000 trees were gifted to the governorates as part of the initiative, coinciding with Egypt’s hosting of the Cop27 climate summit, in addition to planting 300,000 trees in some tree forests and areas surrounding nurseries affiliated with the Ministry of Agriculture, in addition to the Ministry of Transport planting 79.5 thousand trees. In the green belt, and 162.5 thousand trees are being planted on Wadi El-Natrun Road / El Alamein and the Ring Road in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The reports also stated that the scope of implementation of the initiative includes roads and central islands, and the scope of government agencies such as schools, universities, and youth centers, as well as industrial areas and the desert backs of the governorates, in addition to the main, regional and ring roads, and the entrances to cities and villages, main squares and inner islands.
Prime Minister Reviews Efforts to Implement the Presidential Initiative “Planting 100 Million Trees”
This comes while 9,900 sites have been identified that are suitable for tree forests or gardens across the governorates, with an area of 6,600 feddans.
According to the detailed plan for 10 million trees, government reports said that they were planted and are being planted during the fiscal year 2022/2023 distributed among the governorates of the Republic, where Cairo governorate includes 1.9 million, Giza 1.1 million, Qalyubia 409.2 thousand, Alexandria 305 thousand, Beheira 412.5 thousand, and Matrouh 138.4. 1000, Menoufia 343 thousand, Gharbia 331.2 thousand, Kafr El-Sheikh 293 thousand, Damietta 181 thousand, Dakahlia 508 thousand, North Sinai 113.4 thousand, South Sinai 140 thousand, and Port Said 108.4 thousand.
While Ismailia includes 301 thousand trees, Suez 152 thousand, Eastern 483.6 thousand, Beni Suef 272 thousand, Minya 300 thousand, Fayoum 252 thousand, Assiut 276 thousand, Sohag 529 thousand, Qena 283 thousand, Aswan 264 thousand, Red Sea 79.9 thousand, and Luxor. 159.9 thousand, and the New Valley 320 thousand.
Today, Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, reviewed a report from Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, on the efforts of the New Urban Communities Authority in implementing the presidential initiative for afforestation “planting 100 million trees”, so that the Ministry of Housing joins the three other parties concerned with the initiative. .
During his review of the report, the Prime Minister renewed the reference to the role of the presidential initiative for afforestation, “planting 100 million trees”, which is important in doubling the per capita share of green spaces nationwide, improving air quality, in addition to reducing greenhouse gases, as well as achieving maximum economic benefit. of trees, improving the public health of citizens.
In his report, the Minister of Housing dealt with the measures taken by the ministry through the New Urban Communities Authority, in coordination with the new cities’ agencies, within the framework of implementing the presidential initiative for afforestation “planting 100 million trees.” The current fiscal year has reached about 635,000 trees and palm trees in various new cities nationwide, and the target number is being completed during the current fiscal year, which is estimated at one million trees, which represents the amount of the New Urban Communities Authority’s contribution to implementing the initiative during its first year.