Saudi Arabia has planted more than 12 million wild trees and shrubs in a bid to combat desertification. According to the Saudi Gazette, the National Centre for Vegetation Development and Combating Desertification (NCVC) planted the trees while starting the Integrated Management and Sustainable Development of Pastures Project, which is part of the Kingdom's National Pasture Strategy Initiative, in line with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.
The project aims to develop floodplains and gardens by planting more than 12 million trees and shrubs across 100 locations. By 2030, it also seeks to rehabilitate more than 225,000 hectares of pasture land in several regions. In May, Saudi Arabia's NEOM, in collaboration with the Centre, launched a "regreening" initiative to plant 100 million indigenous trees, shrubs and grasses, in accordance with Vision 2030.
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