With the participation of Syria, the Fifth Arab Water Forum opened in Dubai

Dubai (ST):  The Fifth Arab Water Forum was opened in Dubai under the slogan “Arab Water Security for Peace and Sustainable Development” with the participation of Syria. During the opening of the forum, which was attended by the Syrian Minister of Water Resources, Dr. Tammam Ra'ad, and his accompanying delegation, the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates, Suhail Al Mazrouei, and President of the Arab Water Council, Mahmoud Abu Zeid, stress was laid on the importance of taking concrete steps to develop policies to achieve Arab water security to promote peace and sustainability.

“Laurel”..a fire-resistant aromatic plant with medicinal and nutritional benefits

“Noble laurel” is an aromatic evergreen plant that spreads widely in Syria and is concentrated in oak and coniferous forests, as well as within cedar and fir forests.

The Head of the Forestry and Nurseries Section at  the Forestry Department in the Directorate of Agriculture in Lattakia Province Eng. Abeer Zabout , indicated to SANA  that laurel is an aromatic and  evergreen plant. Its length reaches  10 - 18 meters with yellowish-green color.

Eng. Zabout pointed out that the flowering date is in the months of March and April, and the harvest time is between September and November, when they are collected by hand from the ground or directly from the tree. 

She  explained that the laurel plant is a multi-purpose plant "productive and environmental." It is a fire-resistant plant, so it is planted as insulating tapes between conifers, which reduces the risk of fires

Global leaders, experts join efforts to accelerate international action on climate change adaptation

Some 50 global leaders have called for accelerating action to face the impacts of climate change, represented in heat waves and droughts, extreme rainfall and floods, storms, wildfires and several other impacts which will become far more severe and powerful.

"The consequences of climate change put people, communities and the global economy at unprecedented risk and pose major new threats to biodiversity and human health," the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) said following a dialogue on Monday that brought together political leaders, climate and development experts as well as the former UN Chief Ban Ki-moon and the General Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Operations to remove fuel pollution from Baniyas Beach completed

Tartous (ST): With the completion of  removing the pollution by the concerned authorities in Tartous governorate, the beach of Banias city began to witness a remarkable recovery, as there were no smells or traces of the fuel that leaked from the cracked tank in the Baniyas Electricity Generating Company a few days ago.

Engineer Bassam Hammoud, the   man in charge said that within ashort period of time all pollution spots on the beach and in the depths of the sea were removed using Bosra al-Sham boat, and after that , the area was monitored for another 3 days for the possibility of other spots appearing in order to deal with them  and remove them.

He added, "After the completion of this period, the remnants of the pollution that occurred outside the beach are currently being transported and placed in safe places under the supervision of the Environment Directorate," noting that the transfer of wastes from the southern part has been completed, and currently the rest of the waste is being dealt with in the northern part, and "therefore, this file will be closed Fully.

In turn, the Director of the Environment in Tartous, Dr. Ali Daoud, indicated that the operation was carried out in cooperation with the concerned authorities in the governorate, the first of which is the Banias Electricity Generation Company, stressing that the work of removing pollution was completed two days ago, and only the remains of the products that were processed and which were buried in a special place away from the sea remain.



The Marine Research Institute in Lattakia.. Successful studies and experiments to remove oil pollution from beaches

 The Higher Institute for Marine Research in Lattakia has carried out many successful researches and experiments using marine biotechnology, which it has been working on for years to remove oil pollution from marine waters leaking from the thermal station in Banias.