As part of our continuous efforts to create awareness and educate our employees, our project team based in Duqm planted 500 Kuwaiti trees around the perimeter of the Douglas OHI Camp.
Employees were made aware of the benefits that trees provide – both long and short term.
As well as being attractive aesthetically, trees remove and store carbon from the atmosphere, slow down heavy rain so as to reduce the risk of flooding, enhance air quality and improve the urban heat island effect by reflecting sunlight and providing shade.
In addition, the physical weight of a tree consists of approximately 50% carbon, and can have a strong climate change mitigation effect especially when planted in high numbers. Some of these benefits such as the mitigation of the urban heat island effect and improvements to air quality are localised and will bring the most benefits to the people who live or spend their time in the local area. Other benefits such as the removal of carbon from the atmosphere will benefit the wider population, not just those who live locally.
Trees greatly benefit the people living around them by having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing, reducing stress and encouraging outdoor exercise. This is in addition to the benefits they will receive from an improved environmental quality and improved amenity which comes with planted areas.
Visit https://www.douglasohi.com/category/environmental/ and discover other initiatives we have undertaken.