Doha: United Development Company (UDC), a leading Qatari public shareholding company and the master developer of The Pearl and Gewan Islands, celebrated ‘Qatar Sustainability Week’ (QSW) with a series of community events geared towards creating environmental awareness at The Pearl Island.
Qatar Sustainability Week is a nation-wide campaign to encourage people to lead more sustainable lives and create a movement of change by raising awareness of the impact of climate change, as well as emphasising that sustainability in Qatar is a responsibility.
The Pearl Island’s weekend-long activities included the inauguration of the Island’s first community garden in collaboration with Hadiqaa Middle East, which aims to educate community members about the importance of biodiversity and sustainability, create more green space in Qatar, and provide a sustainable lifestyle for the Island’s residents.
The event further engaged residents and their families in several environmental and educational activities. In this context, UDC had announced an initiative, the first-of-its-kind in Qatar and the Middle East, to plant a tree for each new UDC employee in an effort to sequestrate employees’ carbon dioxide emission and lower the environmental footprint of UDC’s operations. This is in addition to 160 trees which were planted within the scope of the existing cooperation between UDC and the Green Organization, in addition to 7,700 trees currently existing around The Pearl Island, which compensate for almost 197 tons of carbon dioxide.
Source: The Peninsula