Accor Hotel Services Middle East, one of the world’s leading hospitality groups, and UAE based environmental portal Goumbook, have partnered for a long term reforestation plan which will see the 1,000 Ghaf trees planted over the next 12 months across the UAE.
As part of the ‘Plant for the Planet Campaign’, the trees will be planted in specific sites chosen by Dubai Municipality to support Goumbook’s initiative, the Give a Ghaf Tree Planting Program.
Simran Vedvyas, founder of SynergY, the student-led youth organization, has been appointed as Youth Ambassador of the campaign, and will bring together over a hundred UAE youths to volunteer and join the initiative during 2015.
The first planting of the ‘Plant for the Planet’ campaign took place back in February at Al Warsan Landfill with 100 Ghaf trees while today the second official planting took place in Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility with 200 Ghaf trees, all with the active support of Dubai Municipality.
Eng. Abdul Majeed Saifaie, Director of Waste Management Department, Dubai Municipality, congratulated the team once again for coming together to plant the native trees to the land in United Arab Emirates. Eng. Salem Ablam, Head of the Hazardous Waste Treatment Unit, Eng. Sadin Al Falasi, Head of Treatment Systems Unit and Eng. Mukesh Sajwan, Principal Officer, Waste Treatment attended the Tree plantation. These trees planted in hazardous waste treatment facility will aid vegetation and conservation within the fragmented landscape to maintain and improve the broader ecosystem across the area.
16-years old Simran Vedvyas, founder of SynergY, eagerly looked forward to this assignment as Youth Ambassador of the campaign to represent all young volunteers in the UAE who will join the planting events.
Simran, a UN millennium campaign global youth advocate, and UAE’s Ambassador for Al Gore’s Climate Reality has recently won her third Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Excellence presented to her by His Highness Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance UAE, making her the first student from her school, Universal American School in UAE to achieve a milestone of Five National Academic Excellence Awards.
She has also been conferred with the admired Diana International Award UK as Diana Active Campaigner for her environmental campaigns.