Posted on January 28, 2011

THE Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) will launch its annual programme, ‘A Flower Each Spring’ on Saturday at Ras Laffan, behind the Ras Laffan complex.

More than 500 children and their families and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) are expected to be present at the launch ceremony.

The programme will feature activities like plantation of saplings and drawing in which children will take part.

The activities will continue until June.

There will be activities on Thursday evenings at various public places like Souq Waqif, Corniche, among others, and on Saturdays between 7am and 2pm at different locations.

FEC will provide all needed materials for exhibitions in schools, plantation and research.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, FEC Chairman Saif al Hajri said that this year the programme will be dedicated to the conservation of Arthrocnemum Glaucum, an under shrub with numerous branches and green leaves.

He said that the main aim of the exercise is to increase community awareness about flora in the country.

“It is also a way of urging individuals to research and innovate in order to foster environmentconscious culture,” he added.

“We want our environment to be healthy.

We want our children to be safe.

Parents should raise kids who are environment conscious.

We also want to encourage people to utilise the flora as a resource for making different products.

We want to encourage business people to manufacture furniture, cups and other items using the flora .

We will also plant saplings to increase greenery.” Mohamed Hashem al Said Ahmed, scientific leader of the programme, and Khaled Saeed al Sheaibi, from the public relations department were also present at the press conference .

source: Gulf times