Over 15,000 dunams

Sulaymaniyah province leads Kurdistan in artificial forests expansion

SULAYMANIYAH, December 2- Sulaymaniyah province leads the Kurdistan Region with over 15,000 dunams of artificial forest land, contributing to a total of 35 projects encompassing 35,475 dunams across the region.

Data from the General Directorate of Horticulture and Forestry of the Ministry of Agriculture reveals that Erbil boasts 27 projects covering 8,989 dunams, Duhok has 37 projects on 8,680 dunams, Halabja engages in nine projects spanning 1,905 dunams, and Garmian manages 531 dunams with six projects.

Halkawt Abdulrahman, Director General of Horticulture and Forestry at the Ministry of Agriculture, emphasized the strategic importance of artificial forests, expressing the ministry’s ongoing commitment to their expansion. He contends that these forests serve as the vital lungs of the Kurdistan Region, urging all Kurdish citizens to recognize their significance.

Abdulrahman further disclosed that approximately four million trees have been planted in these artificial forests, underscoring the substantial afforestation efforts undertaken to enhance the region’s environmental sustainability.