Created in 2015 this project aims at:
- – Preserving ecosystems by planting native Ghaf trees
– Depolluting soils and air near waste treatment areas
– Enhancing environmental awareness and culture
“The ghaf tree is a part of our Arabian heritage and we must protect and preserve it so that future generations can experience their history through it” – Shaikha Al Shamsi, Assistant Manager at Sharjah Girl Guides (Participated to a planting event)
Dubaï is a region with extreme weather conditions, where native flora and fauna play an important role in balancing ecosystems. Ghaf tree is one of the few native trees naturally adapted to grow in the harsh desert and it has a key role in providing habitat for a large variety of species.
Yet, it is being replaced by exotic species (planted for beautification purposes), which are very water-consuming
In the United Arab Emirates, the Give a Ghaf project, conducted with the Goumbook NGO, supports the planting of resilient native species such as Ghaf trees in order to preserve desert ecosystems. Trees help fixing the dunes and avoiding sand propagation in urban areas while providing habitat for diversified fauna.
LocationUnited Arab Emirates
Agroforestry and reforestation
Local partnerGoumbook NGO
Achievements7,755 trees planted
Goumbook is a not-for-profit organization aiming at raising awareness on sustainability and green living throughout the Emirates. The Give a Ghaf planting program started in 2010 and joined AccorHotels’ Plant for the Planet program in 2014. Through the partnership, the project moved from seedling propagation to tree plantation.
Only one specie is planted in this project: the Ghaf tree (Prosopis cineraria), which is one of the few native trees naturally adapted to grow in the harsh desert. It has a key role in providing habitat for a large variety of species: birds, small reptiles and grazers are present in great numbers within afforested areas.
On private sites, plantations are carried out by skilled and professional teams employed by the receiving party. On municipal landfills, trees are mainly planted by volunteer helpers and staff. Give a Ghaf provides additional training before delivering the plants.