Led by President Mohammed S. Al-Herbish, a team of participants from Aramco Asia India joined a community plantation project in Manesar, Haryana.
The Aramco team planted some 3,600 indigenous saplings of Mango, Guava, Anjeer (Fig), Peepal (sacred Fig) and Banyan trees. As a partner of this citizenship project, the SankalpTaru Foundation will manage the trees for two years, after which the plantation will become self-sustainable. It is hoped that the local community will benefit from the project.
This forest will not only provide sustainable growth for the region, but also increase underground water resources, which will help the community immensely. To improve the germination rate of saplings, each tree will be photographed and geo-tagged for regular monitoring.
This plantation drive is part of Aramco's global push towards environmental protection and raising environmental awareness in areas where it operates.
Al-Herbish noted, “Promoting and protecting biodiversity are key focus areas for Aramco and showcase our commitment to the environment. We are privileged to partner with SankalpTaru Foundation in increasing India's green coverage and supporting local communities.”
Apurva Bhandari, founder of SankalpTaru Foundation, mentioned, “This project will go a long way in reinforcing Aramco's commitment towards environmental sustainability and supporting local communities. This is a unique program that will bring greenery to the ecologically fragile and sensitive region of Aravalli. Since native species with fruit-bearing and forestry varieties have been planted, there will be significant impact of not only restoring the biodiversity but also meeting the nutritional requirements of flora & fauna.”
Over the past few years, Aramco Asia India has supported the Prime Minister's (PM) National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and the PM Cares Fund to assist the government of India in meeting its welfare objectives.