KOC undertakes a project to restore vegetation as part of KERP program

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KUWAIT CITY, June 26: The Kuwait Oil Company is undertaking a large-scale project to restore vegetation cover in northern and southern Kuwait. The project is part of the Kuwait Environmental Rehabilitation Program, which aims to improve the environment and reduce the effects of climate change, reports Al-Qabas daily. The company had fl oated a tender in January 2023 for companies to market its soil rehabilitation project. The tender was conducted through the Central Agency for Public Tenders, and is expected to be awarded to the winning companies by the third or fourth quarter of 2023.

The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2029. The daily reported that the company aims to rehabilitate the environment through the Kuwait Environmental Rehabilitation Program (KERP), which aims to clean up and restore the environment that was damaged during the Gulf War. The company also participates in an UN-backed initiative to afforest many areas in the country.

In addition, KOC launched the national initiative to support the desertification program, which aims to make Kuwait green. The Vegetation Restoration Project aims to plant and rehabilitate damaged terrestrial ecosystems in Kuwait. The project will establish new plant soils to restore and enhance biodiversity and natural plant coverage.

This will create a favorable environment for many plant and animal species, and help achieve environmental recovery and ecosystem balance in Kuwait. The project will also help preserve existing natural resources and enhance their sustainability. All the projects fall within the scope of the strategic plans and as part of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, the Environment Public Authority, the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources, and the Kuwaiti Focal Point agreed on the plant selection, which includes eight types of shrubs, two types of herbaceous plants and other trees.

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