According to Nazzal, Jordan is a poor country in terms of green spots, where less than 1% of the total area is covered with forests and the uprooting of trees will increase desertification.
“I wonder how we can compensate the great number of trees that have been and will be uprooted. This will negatively affect on environment and tourism, that we work intensively to promote,”
Nazzal said, adding that the Airport Road provides tourists with the first impression about Amman and is one of the rare green areas in the country.
He added that uprooting trees in that area will change its identity especially that these trees were planted when Queen Alia International Airport was constructed 30 years ago and an immediate solution should be made to prevent such damage.
“This is a catastrophe … remaining silent will harm nature. We have to work on increasing the green landscape and encourage people even on an individual basis to work together towards saving nature,” Nazzal stated, adding that: “Jordan suffers a shortage of water. I believe whatever plans are put in place to compensate this loss will not work, bearing in mind the age of these trees.”
He also invited environmentalists to interfere and work together to combat this plan.
“Environmentalists should interfere to prevent this behavior, where in other countries, they would do anything diverting roads to prevent uprooting trees” Nazzal said, calling on all responsible and related parties to take an action to stop the uprooting.
He also invited parties implementing the project to find an alternative plan.
“Implementing parties should immediately find an alternative plan to avoid more violations. We can’t remain still and say it is too late,” Nazzal noted.
JFTA President said this is not the first case, “We do not want to copy what had happened before, when hundreds if trees were uprooted during the expansion of Jerash and Ardah –near Salt- roads.
“His Majesty said focus this year would be on programmes and projects designed to develop the agricultural sector and enhance the situation of farmers. The concerned authorities should follow the vision of His Majesty and implement agricultural projects,” Nazzal concluded.
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