Special forests and fire monitoring platform in Syria

With the aim of  contributing  to assisting forestry teams at the forest fire department , the General  Authority for Remote Sensing  ( GARS) of the Ministry of Communications and Technology has established a special platform for forests and fire monitoring in Syria “FIRMO” to provide the concerned authorities with the necessary information and data on the one hand and display the platform's reports  and services on a special  page  on the "Facebook" site on the other hand.  

 The General Authority for Remote Sensing  also includes a platform for climate studies and a platform for geological maps which send  reports and charts  to the concerned establishments. 

 Head of the platform  at the GARS , Dr. Roza  Qarmouqa said in a statement to  SANA that the forest platform provides periodic information about forests and fire monitoring and is interested in employing research and applications for monitoring them by linking traditional and sensing data together, as well as providing a historical spatial database on forest fires in Syria.  

She indicated that since September 2020, they  have started sending the platform's reports  to the forestry departments, the ministries of agriculture and agrarian reform, the local administration, the environment and the Presidency of the cabinet Ministers.

Syrian rural women’s food products highlighted in an exhibition in Tartous

Within the framework of the “ Syrian Family Days” campaign , which was launched by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor,  “ Al-Sanawbar” Association for the protection of the environment held an event in the village of Al-Maqarmada in the countryside of Tartous.

The seven-day event  included an exhibition on rural women's products and a special symposium on social relations and the need for  consolidating communication and cooperation relations  among the  community’s members.  

Head of  the association and the event organizer  Jumana Harfoush told  SANA that the exhibition displayed  various natural products by  a number of  rural women  including  a verity of food items including different kinds of juices such as berries, pomegranates, roses, apple cider vinegar in addition to  strawberry , apples and  quince jam .

"The Plant of Hope" ... a permanent exhibition of ornamental plants, in Homs

With scientific academic experience, the Environmental Development Foundation in Homs launched its permanent exhibition, The Plant of Hope, at its headquarters in the Akrama district.

The "Plant of Hope" exhibition displays about fifty varieties of various types of ornamental plants and roses covering an area of two hundred square meters, including cactuses, medicinal and aromatic plants, such as king's crown, rosemary, olivera, hibiscus, and lavender, in addition to various indoor plants, yoga, jasmine, night perfume and others.

A cooperation agreement between ACSAD and the General Union of farmers

The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands "ACSAD" and the General farmers Union signed a cooperation agreement today aimed at contributing to the development of the agricultural reality, in its plant and animal parts.

The agreement provides for cooperation between the two sides in the field of preparing studies and applied research that will benefit the agricultural reality in Syria, providing the necessary expertise to train technical and agricultural cadres working in the union, in addition to the union’s participation in the field days that ACSAD carries out in its affiliated stations and exchanging scientific and technical information and data.

Director of the Center, Dr. Nasreddin Obaid, said in a press statement that the center sought cooperation with agricultural institutions, unions, trade and associations interested in the agricultural sector to achieve sustainable Arab agricultural development and ensure the optimal use of natural and human resources, stressing that the signing of the agreement will be a new start for serious and fruitful work between the two sides to rise to the level of the desired ambitions .

Makhlouf: International community should support Syria to overcome environmental problems caused by terrorism

Damascus (ST):  The Minister of Local Administration and Environment, Engineer Hussein Makhlouf, called for the necessity of collective action to confront the environmental crises that Syria was exposed to as a result of the terrorism that was exported to it.He spoke about the need to exchange experiences  and to develop national plans to manage environmental and natural disasters and raise awareness to reduce their occurrence.

During his participation in the meeting of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly, which was held in Nairobi via video conference technology, under the title “The Contribution of the Environmental Dimension to Sustainable Development in Building a Resilient and Inclusive World in the Post-Corona Pandemic", Makhlouf said that  during the past years, Syria was subjected to a lot of destruction, devastation, and deliberate and systematic abuse carried out by terrorist groups supported by some countries, which affected the Syrian people, their constituents, environment and livelihood, and the damage affected health facilities, water, treatment and energy plants, and exacerbated environmental and life problems.

Makhlouf  referred to the need for the international community to support Syria to overcome the environmental problems it faced as a result of organized terrorism, pointing out that the unilateral economic measures imposed by the US and the European Union increased the suffering of the Syrian people and had the greatest impact on their ability to respond to the Corona pandemic. He  stressed that Syria has made great efforts  for dealing with its repercussions and negative effects on the citizen's life and livelihood.

The Minister indicated that despite the fierce attack on Syria, it has worked, based on its obligations, to provide a healthy environment that ensures the safety of citizens, and continues to provide the necessary services through the implementation of plans and strategies to confront environmental pollution in all its forms and expand the use of renewable and clean energies, increasing public environmental awareness and enhancing the role of society in protecting the environment.

K.Q