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[Ambassador report] National Tree of UAE - Ghaf Tree

by Sainath Manikandan | 08-12-2019 15:49 Comments 11 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



The evergreen tree of the desert is the Ghaf tree. It is a drought tolerant tree. It can withstand the harsh desert environment and remain green. The tree can live up to 120 years and its presence indicates the fact that there is underground water.

The tree has many uses such as it can combat desertification and improve soil fertility in arid conditions. It is also an essential food source, fuel source, provides shelter and medicines to both animal and human beings. Bedouins sought the ghaf tree seeds and its leaves. They used that instead of rice. It can withstand drought and can tap water deep in the sands. The sweet pulp also known as khoka are eaten by all and even salads can be made from the ghaf tree leaves. Apart from that, the tree provides medicinal properties and wood for construction purposes.

The ghaf tree is under threat due to climate change, overgrazing by camels, urbanization, and overuse of its resources.

Several measures are being taken by many government and private agencies to protect the tree. Organizations such as Goumbook, a UAE based social enterprise is raising awareness about the problem and have launched the “Give a Ghaf” tree-planting program.

Another campaign called “Save the Ghaf Tree” was launched by Emirates Wildlife Society and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It aims to make the endangered tree a national symbol of UAE.

As an initiative for the Year of Tolerance, I and my sister had planted ghaf seeds at Origin Market, The Sustainable City, Dubai along with the organizer Goumbook and Origin.

Let us save our soil along with the plantation of ghaf seeds and save our future!

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11 Comments

Apsara Sapkota

  • Apsara Sapkota says :
    I hope you are doing well!
    Thank you so much for this report!
    Keep writing
    Posted 26-03-2020 20:14

Basanta Adhikari

  • Basanta Adhikari says :
    Greeting sainath
    I hope you are doing well
    Nicely written
    Thank you so much for this report.
    Keep writing
    Green cheers!
    Regards
    Basanta
    Posted 23-03-2020 11:28

Hema  Sapkota

  • Hema Sapkota says :
    Greetings sainath
    I hope you are doing well!
    Thank you so much for this report!
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Hema
    Posted 22-03-2020 10:44

Horticulturist Susmita

  • Horticulturist Susmita says :
    Greetings sainath
    I hope you are doing well

    Thank you so much for this report
    Keep writing

    Green cheers
    Regards
    Sus
    Posted 15-03-2020 16:18

Susmita Horticulturist

  • Susmita Horticulturist says :
    Hello sainath
    I hope you are doing well
    Thank you so much for this report
    Great
    Regards
    Susmita
    Posted 27-02-2020 10:51

Elizaveta Zaretskaya

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Sainath

    Thank you for sharing the serious situation about Ghaf trees.
    By reading your report, I could learn that humans take huge responsibility in the crisis of the tree. It's the humans who put the tree in danger, and I believe that those same humans have enough potential to recover the situation and save the tree with little conscious efforts. I look forward for environmental changes in UAE.

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 14-12-2019 06:23

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thanks and it was nice reading about Ghaf tree, National Tree of UAE!
    Posted 12-12-2019 15:50

Sagar  Koirala

  • Sagar Koirala says :
    Hello Sainath,
    Green Cheers from Nepal

    I just came to know about Ghaf tree .I don't its basic morphology but it seems similar like Emblica .WWF has actively been working in Nepal as well for promoting biodiversity . Very well written Report .

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala
    Posted 10-12-2019 13:44

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Sainath

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about National Tree of UAE - Ghaf Tree

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 09-12-2019 17:34

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Sainath!
    This is your mentor Lisa:)

    I think the tree is symbolic as well in that it is drought tolerant I think it shows how strong nature is and how powerful it can be. The awe that we feel in the face of the power of nature is something that we should regain for I feel like we have been degrading nature into the means to satisfy human greed.
    I really do hope that your country has the tree back!

    Thanks for the amazing report and keep up the good work!
    Posted 09-12-2019 17:08

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