GECF Member Countries participate in tree planting ceremony at QF's Oxygen park
In parallel with the Forum’s 33rd Executive Board Meeting and in celebration of the Forum's 10th Anniversary, a tree planting ceremony was organized at Oxygen Park in collaboration with Qur'anic Botanic Garden (QBG), an entity of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
On the occasion of the event, both Ms. Fatima Saleh Al Khulaifi, manager of QBG and His Excellency Dr Yury Sentyurin, Secretary General of the GECF addressed the audience made up of staff, country delegations and media. They paid their respects to each other and underlined the importance of nature and the environment in today's world.
In total, 20 Sidra trees were planted, symbolizing each of the Forum’s 19 member countries as well as a tree for the GECF Secretariat, based in Doha. The actual planting of trees was performed by member country representatives, members of the diplomatic corps and GECF Staff. The honor of raising the tree symbolizing Qatar was done by Qatar’s Executive Board Member to the GECF, Sheikh Mishal Bin Jabor Al-Thani.
The ceremony was also an endorsement of the GECF’s commitment to environmental preservation and eco-responsibility in the energy sector. Followed by a horse and falcon show, the function concluded with an elegant reception, hosted by Qatar Foundation.
Unlike what many people think, natural gas is in fact the cleanest fossil fuel known to man, one that has a crucial role to play in the energy transition. So this occasion was also a statement to refute the prejudice that surrounds natural gas. Part of the GECF’s mission is to promote environmentally conscious exploration and use of natural gas resources. The Forum’s recent acknowledgement as an Observer Intergovernmental Organization to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is a testament of this.
*Images courtesy of Qu'ranic Botanic Garden