National campaign to increase urban green zones
Project aims to improve living conditions
A national campaign to increase the number green zones in cities and suburbs was launched today (January 10) by the Ministry of Environment (MoE).
The project involves building more public gardens, as well as planting trees along sidewalks and on building’s rooftops. The project’s implementation will be made possible through agreements between the MoE, the Municipality of Beirut, and other municipalities in different areas. The private sector and NGOs will also be invited to participate in the greening efforts.
Minister of Environment Nazem Al-Khoury said the project’s main concern is preserving a healthy environment for future generations. With more than 80 percent of citizens residing in cities, improving their living conditions has become a priority, he said.
Earlier, the Ministry had also received support from an Italian delegation that expressed its readiness to improve environmental cooperation between the two countries.
Reported by Nader Houella
Date Posted: Jan 10, 2013