Oman to plant 100 million mangrove trees by 2030

Dr. Ghazi bin Ali Al Rawas, Dean of Scientific Research at the Sultan Qaboos University and member of the Climate Change Steering Committee in the Sultanate of Oman, confirmed that his country aspires to plant 100 million mangrove trees on the coast by 2030.

Al Rawas, speaking to the Emirates News Agency (WAM) during his participation in COP28 at Expo Dubai, highlighted the significant environmental, economic, and tourism benefits of mangrove trees.

He emphasised their role as vital marine ecosystems, acting as natural carbon absorbers, clearing coastlines of pollutants, and regulating climate temperature and humidity.

He added that his country’s participation in COP28 showcases the Sultanate’s policies to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases. He pointed to the national efforts in using clean energy and investing in green hydrogen to address climate change.

Al Rawas noted that the Ministry of Energy signed several agreements with international energy
companies in the hydrogen sector, within the Sultanate’s pavilion at Expo Dubai.

He also noted that the pavilion represents an opportunity to learn about national initiatives and contributions in the fields of clean energy, which benefit the Gulf Cooperation Council states and the Arab region.

The participation of the Sultanate of Oman pavilion comes under the slogan “Oman, a Sustainable Future”, through the focus on the sustainability of natural resources and the exploitation of clean energy such as wind and solar energy to produce electricity. It is working to accelerate the pace of hydrogen production, in which it is investing more than $30 billion.

Source: Emirates News Agency