SOHAR Port and Freezone has entered into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Sohar University and Qualies (the Organization for Quality and Innovation Strategies), reports Maritime Standard.
The collaboration will see a tree planting initiative to further SOHAR’s efforts on ecological protection and management, alongside ensuring all the operations of SOHAR are in compliance with Oman’s sustainability objectives.
“At SOHAR, we are always looking for ways to implement modern solutions that help maintain a healthy, safe and secure environment for the community and nature itself,” said Suwaid Al Shemaisi, executive manager of corporate affairs at SOHAR.
“We are extremely proud to be working alongside Sohar University and Qualies on this fruitful endeavour, which will play a critical role in safeguarding the natural resources at SOHAR and creating a better future for generations to come,” he added.
The trees will be grown in Sohar University’s green house, a comprehensive self-sufficient facility. The facility is capable of producing several varieties of plants, and harnesses state-of-the-art technologies to generate its own electricity and desalination processes through solar power.
The seeds of native trees will be nurtured at the greenhouse by utilizing hydroponic technologies. Upon reaching maturity, the budding florae will be transplanted to SOHAR using Groasis Waterboxxes, which will stimulate plant growth in harsh environments.
“Efficient environmental management is integral to every business to ensure its continuity. Together with Qualies’ knowledge and expertise in planting native tree species and the resources offered by Sohar University, we at SOHAR can continue making a positive impact on the environment. This venture will also further our journey towards becoming a greener port and free zone complex,” Al Shemaisi added.
The planting is expected to take place by the end of the year and will see close engagement with local schools and the community in Sohar.