Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 22 September 2019

Push to protect the UAE's native plants in Al Dhafra

More than 20 species such as arta and ghaf to be grown at a dedicated nursery in Liwa

The Liwa City Services Division launched a range of initiatives to protect wild plants and encourage their cultivation. Wam
The Liwa City Services Division launched a range of initiatives to protect wild plants and encourage their cultivation. Wam

Municipality chiefs in Liwa are stepping up efforts to protect the UAE's native shrubs and trees.

They are using a 900 square metre nursery to cultivate hundreds of thousands of wild plants such as the arta - a shrub - and ghaf tree.

The nursery will grow more than 20 species of these plants, which will then supply government entities and individuals in Liwa.

The initiative is good for the environment as the ghaf tree for example, requires far less water than palm trees and is more suitable for the UAE's harsh climate.

It is all down to the efforts of the Liwa City Services Division, who are making a sustained push to promote broader use of native plants.

Only last month, the division distributed 1,000 ghaf seedlings during the Liwa Date Festival, to encourage local people to cultivate native plants.

Updated: August 16, 2019 02:44 PM

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