In recent years, the world’s attention has turned to the issue of climate change, and how to preserve the Earth’s climate, but Egypt had a future vision, represented in the tree forests project.
The tree forest is located in Luxor in the village of Al-Habil in the city of Al-Bayadiyah, and it extends over an area of 1861 acres, including an artificial forest that extends over an area of 675 acres, which increases annually, and the goal of establishing tree forests in the desert is not only to develop agriculture and produce different types of trees, and to help support lands neglected desert and the exploitation of sewage water, but there is an important and major role in preserving the Earth’s climate because of what it represents of biomass that consumes solar energy, and greenhouse gases, as vital forests store those gases, and thus contribute to preserving the sustainable environmental balance of the Earth.
Tree forests also contribute to reducing pollution resulting from wastewater, as treated wastewater is safely used through specialized stations to irrigate the tree forest, and also to benefit from forests to obtain various products of wood and organic fertilizers, and to contribute to providing Employment opportunities for young people, protection of threatened lands from erosion factors, and also in maintaining the stability of sand banks.
Engineer Mohamed Ali, Director of Tree Forests at Luxor Water and Sanitation Company, says in a press statement that the tree forest was established in 1996, and it is one of the largest forests in the Egyptian country, and the areas of tree forests increase not annually, but monthly, during September and October. , 23 thousand tree seedlings were planted, explaining that the production of an acre is 8 kilo-tons of seeds, and the price per ton ranges between 50-80 thousand pounds, and the percentage of oil extraction ranges from 40-50%, meaning that one ton produces between 400 – 500 kilos of oil annually, and the price of trees irrigated with desalinated water increases, because the use of their oils is in therapeutic products.
As for the stages of cultivation and harvesting, Engineer Muhammad Ali says: After the stage of planting trees and harvesting the crop, the crop is delivered to the fruit factories for pressing and converting the output into liquid wax oil for use as biofuel, after which it is exported abroad due to its high price, and a ton produces 400 kilos of fuel.