Engineers Razan Zuaiter and Hassan Al Jaajaa represented APN at the meeting on July 16, 2020, at the invitation of the Minister of Agriculture and Environment Saleh Al-Kharabsheh. They discussed the implementation of the 'National Afforestation Project' that the Ministry of Agriculture recently launched to plant 10 million forest trees in the next 10 years.
APN presented the project, its objectives, and its mechanisms. The other participants weighed in on developing a strategy for the project and provided advice based on their areas of expertise. All agreed on a strategy that will ensure that the project is sustainable. The ministry was then able to draw a clear road map for the project.
APN shared lessons learned from its 17 years of experience in afforestation in Jordan and Palestine, in setting implementation and monitoring criteria for project success.
The Ministry of Agriculture requested from participants to identify appropriate sites for the implementation of the project. APN directed questions to the ministry about its plans to follow up, maintain and evaluate the project. They also asked about the types of trees that are available, their sizes, when they will be available, and if there is a possibility for planting fruit trees, and not only forest trees. APN discussed this possibility because of their own experience in fruitful afforestation and because of the impact it has had on supporting food security and creating income for families, which in turn will maintain and protect the trees.
On July 8, 2020, the Minister of Agriculture, Saleh Al-Kharabsheh, launched the 'National Afforestation Project'. The trees were distributed in geographical areas that eligible for an increase in vegetation cover and the establishment of new forests. Jordan is implementing this project because it has an obligation to contribute to reducing carbon emissions rates, combating desertification, protecting the components of biodiversity, preserving biodiversity, and strengthening ecosystems.