Qatar sets Guinness record for most nationalities planting trees simultaneously

Qatar sets Guinness record for most nationalities planting trees simultaneously By A Robin - October 31, 2021
Qatar Guinness world record

Qatar Guinness world record

The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads & Public Places in Qatar achieves a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Most Nationalities Planting Trees Simultaneously, adding this achievement to the list of world records achieved in Qatar. 

Official Adjudicators at Guinness World Records, Alan Pixsley and Louise Toms, stated that the total number of nationalities that participated during the tree-planting event is 66, during a tree-planting event organized by the committee on Saturday 9 October 2021 on Dukhan Road. The event is part of the “Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees” campaign to “Plant Million Trees”, launched in 2019 in coordination with the Ministry of Municipality.

Participants from each nationality planted one tree for five continuous minutes, following specific steps that were documented by cameras installed on site in order to evaluate the planting process and its compliance with the guidelines of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™.

On this occasion, Eng. Mohammad Arqoub Al Khaldi, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, stated that achieving this global title confirms our commitment to contribute to protecting the environment in line with our country’s efforts in the field of development and environmental sustainability, as part of the fourth pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Eng. Al Khaldi added that the committee launched the “Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees” campaign to “Plant Million Trees”, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality to contribute in increasing green spaces and trees in the country and provide fresh air for the desert areas along the roads. This campaign is considered as mainstay to educate individuals and students about the importance of tree-planting and instilling environmental values in them. More than 550,000 trees were planted until now.  

The nationalities that participated in this tree-planting event included Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Costa Rica, Côte D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya ,Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, PERU, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Singapore, Sudan, Sweden, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United kingdom, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen.

“Qatar Beautification and Our Kids Planting Trees” Campaign to “Plant Million Trees”

The Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads & Public Places in Qatar has launched the campaign on 28 September 2019, in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality. The campaign is in line with the efforts of Qatar for development and environmental sustainability within the fourth pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 that aims at achieving harmony and integration between economic and social development, protection and preservation of the environment for future generations.

Campaign Objectives 

The campaign aims to involve kids of Qatar and residents in planting One Million trees across the country, primarily to emphasize that protection and preservation of the environment is everyone’s social responsibility. The initiative also aims to increase green areas in the country, improve quality of life at large through environment protection, and improve air quality through minimizing carbon emissions and its negative impacts on climate change. It will also explore best utilization of treated water resource for irrigation, besides improving the general outlook of Qatar.

Participants

Since its launch, many governmental and private entities of Qatar have been active in the campaign. Participation of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education is worthwhile as many school students from different levels of education have involved in planting trees in many places and project sites, educating students about the importance of planting trees, nurturing environmental values in them and encouraging them to volunteer for preserving the environment of the State of Qatar.

The campaign welcomes participation of all members of society across all age groups, all public private entities, institutions, youth centers and others.

Supervisory Committee of Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar 

The Committee works in coordination with several ministries and entities in Qatar such as the Ministry of Municipality, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Culture, Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar Railway Company, Private Engineering Office and others. It aims to humanize cities with its vision to create a balance between people and the environment and change the car-dominated culture into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly culture.  The Committee’s main responsibility is to provide public services and spaces that promote a healthier lifestyle, aiming to achieve a joint vision with other common stakeholders. 

To achieve our common goal, the committee works hand in hand with them to increase the amount of green areas in cities and residential neighborhoods, provide safe lanes for pedestrians and cyclists, and develop outdoor leisure destinations such as plazas and public parks and beaches. This is in addition to developing Central Doha and the Corniche. Furthermore, we work on developing the public realm by adding street furniture, bicycle parking spaces and adding decorative street lighting, as well as displaying artworks and sculptures to enhance outdoor spaces.?

By A Robin - October 31, 2021

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