Ministry launches plant encyclopedia at DIBF

Officials showing copies of the Encyclopedia of Plants Native and Non-Native to Eastern Arabia during the launch ceremony at the Doha International Book Fair.

Doha: The Pavilion of the Ministry of Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, in cooperation with the Gulf Organization for Research and Development (GORD), launched the Encyclopedia of Native and Non-Native Plants in Eastern Arabia at an event at Doha International Book Fair.

The event was held within the framework of the activities of the Qatari Forum of Authors at the Book Fair, in the presence of Muhammad Ali Al Khoury, Director of the Department of Public Parks at the Ministry of Municipality and Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding President by Gord.

This is the first comprehensive plant encyclopedia that provides a comprehensive guide to growing plants in the climate, terrain and desert plains of the eastern Arabian Peninsula, stretching from Kuwait to the eastern seaboard. ‘Oman in the Persian Gulf. The encyclopedia, published with distinguished printing techniques, is also a unique resource that will enrich public and private libraries in Qatar and the MENA region.

Muhammad Ali Al Khoury said that the Ministry of Municipalities has many publications and books in various fields, including the book Trees of Qatar, which talks about the types of trees in Qatar.

He said that the ministry has also launched several projects and initiatives in the field of planting, including the “Plant a Million Trees” initiative, which will be completed before the 2022 World Cup, in addition to the launch of the initiative 10 million trees by 2030.

Dr. Yousef Alhorr, said: “As the Doha International Book Fair is one of the largest book fairs in the region, we find it to be an ideal platform to display this encyclopedia, which is a literary and scientific piece in its field. Among the most comprehensive scientific literature on plants found in eastern Arabia, we sincerely hope that this encyclopedia will inspire researchers to provide more real research in areas related to sustainability.

The preparation of the encyclopedia required seven years of field research work, in addition to the use of hundreds of specialized scientific references by a group of experts and specialists, to issue the six-volume encyclopedia containing nearly 3,500 pages and covering over 800 plants.

The encyclopedia includes a systematically organized collection of plant species with descriptive details such as their conservation status, worldwide distribution, age and forms of plants, adaptability to weather conditions, and growing areas.

The encyclopedia is characterized by the integration of economic, medical and environmental uses of plants, while providing qualitative and up-to-date information to professionals working in different sectors, such as architecture, health, medicine, engineering of green spaces and other different disciplines. .

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