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Green areas in the emirates are growing at a rate of 12% annually, helping to purify the air and address the challenges of climate change.



Published: Wednesday Oct 4, 2023, 12:21 pm

The city of Sharjah is surrounded by more than 22 million square meters of gardens, lawns and trees, the emirate’s municipality announced. The city’s green areas have been growing at a rate of 12 percent annually, “which contributes to purifying the air and addressing the challenges of climate change,” the civic body said in a statement on Wednesday.

Recycled materials have been used in several projects, including a garden and a library.

In addition, traffic signs have been made from discarded tires.

The municipality will use “advanced smart irrigation management systems to reduce water wastage,” a senior official said.

“These systems will monitor and improve the use of irrigation water in green spaces, gardens and systems…reducing waste,” said Obaid Saeed Al Tunaiji, director general of Sharjah City Municipality.

The civic body manages 68 gardens in Sharjah. In 2022, up to 17 million flowers were produced in municipal nurseries.

Water treatment

Al Tunaiji said that one of the sustainable initiatives adopted by the authority is the management and development of wastewater facilities. This helps produce high-quality treated water and organic fertilizers from sludge resulting from treatment operations and agricultural waste.

Sharjah produces more than 72 million cubic meters of treated water annually and the municipality operates several wastewater treatment plants. The treated water plants meet the irrigation needs of agricultural projects in the emirate, improving the emirate’s green profile.

In 2022, 78,000 tons of fertilizers were produced in the factory managed by the Sharjah City Municipality.

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This year, the municipality inaugurated its organic fertilizer production unit that converts sewage sludge into high-quality fertilizers.

Renewable energy initiatives

Sharjah Municipality has converted a “large number” of billboards to be powered by solar energy. The municipality also uses the sun’s energy to illuminate several city parks.

The civic body has also been using Adblue technology in its vehicles to reduce carbon emissions.



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