Petrofac pledges 400 seedlings to United Nations environmental programme

Published November 22nd, 2009 - 02:04 GMT

Petrofac, the international oil & gas facilities provider, in conjunction with Sharjah Municipality, welcomed members of the local community at the Petrofac Tree Plantation event this weekend. The event is the first in a series of activities being held during Petrofac’s Environment Awareness Month this month.

A protected area at Al Thalmia Reserve in Al Bataih area in Sharjah was allocated to Petrofac in 2007 on behalf of the Environmental and Protected Area Authority (EPAA), when more than 600 seedlings were planted.  This weekend, our volunteers actively spent the morning planting 400 seedlings of the United Arab Emirates’ native trees:  Ghaf, Acacia and Moranga .

Governmental officials from the Municipality of Al Bataih and representatives from Petrofac, alongside the volunteers, were treated to a stage performance by children from local schools in the area before beginning the tree planting.

Petrofac’s director, group operations assurance, Derek Moorfield said: “I participated in this same event in 2007 when we planted around 600 seedlings so it is testimony to the increased awareness programmes run by government agencies and businesses that we are able to come back in 2009 and repeat the exercise.”

Petrofac’s tree plantation is a recognised pledge to The Billion Tree Campaign founded by the United Nations Environment Programme.  Sharjah municipality will tend to the protected area and it is hoped that at least 80-85 per cent of the new seedlings will survive.

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