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UK embassy, WADI partner to clean forest in Salt on World Cleanup Day

By JT - Sep 17,2023 - Last updated at Sep 17,2023

Participants pose for a group photo during a cleanup campaign in Salt (Photo courtesy of British embassy Facebook page)

AMMAN — On the occasion of the World Clean-up Day, the staff of the British embassy in Amman partnered with WADI for Sustainable Ecosystem Development, and Ahel El Balad Association, to clean a forest site in Salt.

The activity coincided with the global call for action “Let’s Do It Movement”, which aims at cleaning litter in urban areas and community dwellings in more than 190 countries, according to a British embassy statement. 

In Jordan, the clean-up event took place in Salt, where WADI hosts a nursery for the propagation of native seedlings to support ecosystem restoration. 

Helen Fazey, Deputy Head of Mission at the British embassy, said: “We are proud to work with WADI on the occasion of the International Clean-up Day. We are pleased to clean-up this area with the local community as they take pride and ownership. Having enjoyable and accessible public spaces is an undeniable right as much as it is our collective responsibility.”

Tariq Abu Taleb, WADI executive director, said: “Littering and debris lead to the degradation of natural sites, including forests. Plastic waste is harmful to the soil and ecosystem, and can have long-lasting effects on wildlife and human life.”

Also, Mohammad Asfour, Ahel El Balad co-founder stated: “At Ahel Al Balad, we are proud of our values and mission of spreading positivity in our community through volunteering. We achieve this through collaboration with various segments of our society and on both an organisational and individual level. It’s important to stay positive, live a green and sustainable life, believe that even small changes can make a difference, while being friendly to the environment and people.”

“This day helped British embassy staff and their families understand the tremendous work that community based organisations are leading to make Jordan greener, cleaner and more resilient,” concluded Widad Menjra, climate lead at the British embassy Amman.  


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