Ashghal completes development works of Al Wadi Park Nature Reserve
The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), in cooperation with the Oversight Committee for the Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, has completed the development works of Al Wadi Park Nature Reserve in Al Wajba East.
The project, according to an official statement on Monday, is part of Ashghal’s efforts to improve utility facilities across Qatar and in line with its strategy to achieve environmental sustainability.
Ashghal hosted a delegation on a visit to Al Wadi reserve. The participants were informed about the project and planted seeds of wild plants from Qatar.
Engineer Saud Ali al-Tamimi, director of the Road Projects Department, said the development works have a key role in maintaining environmental balance and protecting flora and fauna. The initiative is part of Ashghal’s ongoing efforts to expand green spaces in Qatar and provide healthy recreational avenues.
Engineer Mohamed Arqoub al-Khaldi, Chairman of the Oversight Committee for the Beautification of Roads and Public Places in Qatar, said the committee places great importance on wildlife and natural habitats while preserving, developing and protecting wildlife from extinction.
“These efforts are aimed at providing a better future for future generations, preserving local plant species and using them sustainably. The project has many advantages, the most important of which is to help achieve environmental balance while protecting and maintaining ecosystems and their components. Nature reserves maintain the existence of sustainable wildlife, develop environmental stability in natural areas, resist drought, protect soils from erosion and reduce carbon emissions,” he said.
Engineer al-Khaldi explained that an area of 102,000 m² in the nature reserve of Al Wadi Park has been planted with local tree species, including Lycium Barbarum, Ziziphus Spina-Christi (wild sidr), Acacia Tortilis , Boswellia Sacra, Acacia Ampliceps, Albizia Lebbeck (Ficus), and Jerusalem thorn.
Rashid Mubarak al-Mansoori, director of services affairs at Al Rayyan Municipality, thanked those responsible for the project and said it simulates wilderness while providing paths for walking, cycling and benches for enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Talib Khalid al-Shahwani, director of the Department of Protection and Wildlife at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, said the nature reserve will help combat desertification and climate change and provide natural recreation space. to the inhabitants of the region.
Engineer Fahad al-Otaibi, head of western areas projects at Ashghal’s road projects department, said major works included improving green spaces by planting 836 trees, providing lines for the network of irrigation, by building a 1.5 km metal fence around the reserve, three gates to the north, south and east of the reserve, benches for visitors, parking spaces for bicycles, a system of advanced lighting, two prayer areas and the construction of 1.1 km of walking, cycling and jogging paths.
Engineer Maryam al-Kuwari, head of project design at the Oversight Committee, said the main idea was to preserve the rocky and natural landscape of the reserve, taking into account the existing hollows and hills.
“Pedestrian, jogging and cycle paths have been laid out without affecting the course of the valley and its rainwater runoff, since more than 90% of the excavation work was carried out manually. With the aim of strengthening the identity of the reserve, local trees have been planted to reduce the effects of climate change, achieve environmental balance and become an environmental legacy,” she said.
Mohamed Ahmad Alkhenji, deputy executive director of the Friends of the Environment Centre, said planting local tree species in the reserve will go a long way to enriching biodiversity and wildlife in Qatar.
Dhabiya al-Sulaiti, director of Al-Khamis Wildlife Reserve and a researcher in Qatari linguistic, culture and environmental documentation, said the Al Wadi reserve is unique because it offers paths for pedestrians and bicycles among the wild trees.
Ali Talib al-Hanzab, an environmental activist, said the nature reserve includes all kinds of Qatari wild plants, which tolerate high temperatures and saline soils. “We hope to implement the idea of the project in all regions of Qatar. We will help provide seedlings from Al-Arfaj, Al-Ramth, Al-Abal and Al-Markh and plant them at the beginning of the season. next,” he said.
Ghanem bin Abdullah al-Ghanim and Saadoun al-Ghanim, local dignitaries, appreciated the project. Aisha al-Maadeed, owner of the Green Future Initiative, said nature reserves are very important for preserving renewable environmental resources.
The Al Wadi Park Nature Reserve Project is part of the Al Wajba East Roads and Infrastructure Project (Lot 1), which Ashghal started implementing during the third quarter of 2020.
In addition to the development work on the reserve, the project includes the establishment of a 17 km road network to smooth traffic and ensure connection with future public facilities in the area. This is in addition to providing road safety features, such as street lighting systems and poles, direction signs and road markings. The project also includes 34 km of shared pedestrian and cycle paths and 2,570 parking areas.
As for infrastructure services, the project includes a 14 km sewer network, a 16.6 km surface and underground water drainage network, a 10.7 km treated wastewater effluent network , in addition to the extension of drinking water pipes and their connection to the main water network.
The project serves 368 citizen subdivisions in Al-Wajba East. Work on the project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2023 and approximately 40% has been completed so far.
As part of the support for local materials and manufacturers, the target for local components is 70%. Materials such as lamps, directional signs, sewage and storm drain pipes, asphalt and prefabricated manholes, as well as concrete and steel reinforcement and other materials will be provided by Qatari manufacturers.