Makhlouf: International community should support Syria to overcome environmental problems caused by terrorism

Damascus (ST):  The Minister of Local Administration and Environment, Engineer Hussein Makhlouf, called for the necessity of collective action to confront the environmental crises that Syria was exposed to as a result of the terrorism that was exported to it.He spoke about the need to exchange experiences  and to develop national plans to manage environmental and natural disasters and raise awareness to reduce their occurrence.

During his participation in the meeting of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly, which was held in Nairobi via video conference technology, under the title “The Contribution of the Environmental Dimension to Sustainable Development in Building a Resilient and Inclusive World in the Post-Corona Pandemic", Makhlouf said that  during the past years, Syria was subjected to a lot of destruction, devastation, and deliberate and systematic abuse carried out by terrorist groups supported by some countries, which affected the Syrian people, their constituents, environment and livelihood, and the damage affected health facilities, water, treatment and energy plants, and exacerbated environmental and life problems.

Makhlouf  referred to the need for the international community to support Syria to overcome the environmental problems it faced as a result of organized terrorism, pointing out that the unilateral economic measures imposed by the US and the European Union increased the suffering of the Syrian people and had the greatest impact on their ability to respond to the Corona pandemic. He  stressed that Syria has made great efforts  for dealing with its repercussions and negative effects on the citizen's life and livelihood.

The Minister indicated that despite the fierce attack on Syria, it has worked, based on its obligations, to provide a healthy environment that ensures the safety of citizens, and continues to provide the necessary services through the implementation of plans and strategies to confront environmental pollution in all its forms and expand the use of renewable and clean energies, increasing public environmental awareness and enhancing the role of society in protecting the environment.


Sweida Agriculture Directorate opens three field schools for organic agriculture

Within the framework of the plan to develop the agricultural situation in the governorate of Sweida, the Directorate of Agriculture in Sweida has opened three field schools for organic agriculture and the Good Agricultural Practices System Global Gap.

The Head of the directorate's organic production department, Eng. Reham Morshed, said  that the schools include an olive school for the organic farming system in the village of Al-Swaimra, and two schools according to the Good Agricultural Practices System for apples in the village of Mutlaqah and almonds in Hazm village.

Liberated city of Khan Sheikhoun witnesses plantation of 3500 seedlings to restore the green cover

A new forestation campaign, that included planting 3500 forest and fruit seedlings, was carried out on Friday in the Syrian city of Khan Shiekhoun in Idlib's southern countryside which was liberated from terrorism by the Syrian Army in 2019.

Students, civil society and the Idleb Agriculture Directorate took part in the campaign.

The seedling for planting the green fence opposite to the Khan Sheikhoun city, along the Hama-Aleppo International Highway, and in a number of parks and gardens, were presented by a nursery in the city of Jableh in Lattakia countryside to help restore the green cover in this area.

 The aim is to rehabilitate the areas affected by terrorism, fires, excessive logging, and to restore the green cover in Khan Sheikhoun, some participants in the campaign said, stressing the economic, environmental and touristic importance of trees.

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.