Signs posted in Halabja district
Villagers take active role in environmental conservation initiatives
HALABJA, January 15 — Residents of Palanpe village in Halabja’s Khurmal district have posted signs along main roads reminding visitors to respect the local environment.
Covering a distance of four kilometers, signs show messages such as “Protecting the environment is protecting the lives of our offspring.”
Ma’roof Majid, President of the Ainda Organization for Environmental Protection, told 964media that environmental consciousness is increasing in the Kurdistan Region.
Majid called the new signs an indication of progressing environmental ethos. He attributes the cultural change predominantly to local villagers who are advocates for the environment and actively contribute to greening initiatives in their areas.
In addition to regional tourism directorates, Majid notes that citizens play a pivotal role in implementing environmental guidelines at tourist sites. He mentioned Sharsteni village in Sharbazher, where locals planted a five-kilometer area with trees.
Majid is now advocating for cultural institutions and media programs to devote more attention to the environment. He has officially requested that the Ministry of Culture incorporate environmental awareness into their plans and initiatives.