BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 7
By Ilhama Isabalayeva - Trend:
The initiative to plant 650,000 trees in one day on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of Azerbaijani great poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi was a demonstration of Azerbaijanis' solidarity, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Firdovsi Aliyev said at a press conference, Trend reports.
"We set a goal to plant 650,000 trees. But according to the reports, the number of trees planted has exceeded 650,000, which is very pleasing to us," the deputy minister said.
"Only SOCAR employees alone planted 100,000 trees. About 12,000 saplings were sent for planting on the island of Chilov," Aliyev said.
The deputy minister added that planting 650,000 trees in one day will have a positive impact on both current and future generations.
"Saplings sent to the regions were selected in accordance with the climatic conditions of a particular district. The main thing is that there should be constant care and control of the planted trees," the deputy minister added.
A tree planting campaign was held on December 6, 2019, as part of Azerbaijani First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva’s initiative to plant 650,000 trees in one day on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of Azerbaijani great poet and thinker Imadeddin Nasimi.
The initiative, covering all districts of the country, started in Shamakhi city, where the poet was born.
Public figures, representatives of the diplomatic corps and international organizations, employees of state and private structures participated in the campaign, aimed at promoting Nasimi’s poetry worldwide, perpetuating his memory, popularizing Azerbaijan’s literary and cultural heritage.
This many trees were planted in one day for the first time in Azerbaijan's history.
All seedlings, namely, Khan's plane tree, Eldar pine, cypress, acacia, ash tree, elm tree, poplar, alder, willow, oleaster, wild pistachio, catalpa, olive tree, fig tree, peach tree, plum tree, apple tree, pomegranate tree, lime tree, plane tree, catalpa and others were grown in 17 hatcheries of the forestry centers and Gardening and landscape design of Azerbaijan OJSC.
This campaign will help increase the number of trees in the country and reduce the impact of climate change.
At the same time, this is a valuable contribution aimed at uniting people around the initiative, showing the public solidarity in improving the environment.