An environmental organization based in the Kurdistan Region inaugurated a greenhouse project in Erbil on December 18, as part of its plans to plant one million oak trees across the Region in the span of five years.
Hawkar Ali is a 34-year-old teacher at the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH), in Erbil. In March 2019, he co-founded Hasar Organization, which aims to plant one million oaks all over the Kurdistan Region by 2025. Central to that push is the new greenhouse at Erbil’s Cihan University, where 100,000 oak seedlings are to be grown.
The idea for the oak planting project came from Omar Bradosti, a Soran preacher who has planted more than 14,000 oak trees across the Kurdistan Region over the last three years. To test the waters, Hasar planted 2,000 oak saplings in an artificial forest in Kasnazan, on the outskirts of Erbil on December 4.