American Univesity of Beirut

Salma Talhouk is keynote speaker in Menaqua Land Restoration & NCC webinar on “How to Plant More Trees in MENA?”

Nature Conservation Center (NCC) in partnership with Menaqua Land restoration held a webinar on January 27, of how to plant more trees in the MENA region. 

The webinar explored the opportunities and challenges of reforestation and tree planting in the MENA region. 

Planting trees in semi-arid and arid landscapes is one of the fastest, most efficient ways to restore degraded land, forest patches, and the biodiversity within them. Tree planting boosts natural regeneration while providing benefits such as rural development, production of commercial produce, carbon sequestration, and provision of ecosystem services. However, successful tree planting and land restoration is challenging, especially in the MENA region, both as a result of the region's biophysical conditions and due to its unique geo-political climate, social and economic structures, complex community relations with nature, and private sector interests. 

During the webinar, bottlenecks for reforestation, afforestation, and agroecology in MENA were identified and discussed. Innovative planting methods and critical success factors that can help address key challenges for tree planting were explored by expert panelists. 

The webinar concluded with a forum discussion in which participants raised their questions, concerns, and propositions. 


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