A woman walks past a recently planted tree on a narrow pavement which replaced a huge garden in Heliopolis, in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 14, 2022. (AP)
The cabinet said that the move will have many environmental, economic and social benefits, including the provision of a clean, healthy and safe environment for the Egyptian people.
Investment in natural resources – including fruit trees such as olives, or timber trees like mahogany and jatropha – will have positive economic benefits.
The initiative will double the per capita share of green space in Egypt as well as mitigate pollutants, fumes and dust, all of which will benefit public health.
The ministries of local development and environment and the New Urban Communities Authority will be responsible for implementing the initiative in conjunction with non-governmental bodies.
The Ministry of Local Development will plant 80 million trees, including 7.7 million in the first year.
The Ministry of Environment will plant 13 million trees, including 1.3 million in the first year.
The New Urban Communities Authority will plant seven million trees, including one million in the first year.
The initiative is part of Egypt’s commitments, in the wake of hosting the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) currently underway in Sharm El-Sheikh, to increase green spaces and reduce greenhouse gases to combat climate change.
This is in addition to the several regional international initiatives Egypt has launched during the summit to enhance adaptation and mitigation efforts.
Locally, Egypt launched the 2050 National Strategy for Climate Change earlier this year, which outlines the country's plan to cut emissions while maintaining sustainable economic growth, promote renewable and alternative energy and upgrade its transportation services.