President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva participated in the tree-planting action arranged in the framework of the project “United for the sake of Nature, United for the sake of Life” in “Ganjlik” Park, being laid out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Khatai district of Baku.
Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, informing the President and the First Lady of the new park to be laid out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Khatai district, said:
- Mister President, here is the highest point of the park. The area of the park is 37.2 square metres.
President Ilham Aliyev: The landscape is beautiful here.
Anar Alakbarov: Yes. Following the instruction by Mehriban Aliyeva, we have preserved this area, and are trying to commission this park to peoples’ use as soon as possible. A new plan is being developed for this territory. We are going to have a big, yet simple park here.
First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva: A natural park.
President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, of course.
Anar Alakbarov: All conditions will be created here in order for people to spend their free time efficiently.
President Ilham Aliyev: With sports grounds too.
Anar Alakbarov: Sports grounds and facilities will be given preference. Special lanes, cycling paths, and areas for ordinary picnics will be provided here in order for residents to engage in sports in the open air. All conditions will be provided here to ensure that people can spend here their free time, and holidays.
President Ilham Aliyev: Very good. Catering facilities too should be provided here for visitors.
Anar Alakbarov: Yes, Mister President.
President Ilham Aliyev: But, of course, this natural view should be preserved. Now new trees are being planted here.
Anar Alakbarov: Some 30 thousand trees will be planted here today. We are greatly in need of your support in laying out this park and commissioning to peoples’ use.
President Ilham Aliyev: I think this park will be completely improved in a short span of time, providing people with proper facilities.
First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva: What kind of irrigation system will be employed here ?
Anar Alakbarov: It is being in the process of development. As we are planting trees today, we have arranged a water system too, following your instructions. However, of course, there are more to do. The illumination systems should be reconsidered. A special irrigation system should be built here. We’ll arrange them.
President Ilham Aliyev: I see here olive trees too. Have they been planted before?
Anar Alakbarov: Yes, once here were a lot of olive trees, and were harvested.
President Ilham Aliyev: Additional trees should be planted, especially olive and pine trees.
Anar Alakbarov: We prefer here also planting an Eldar pine. Along with olive trees, there were also many Eldar pine trees here earlier. Therefore, we’ll proceed this way.
Then President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva planted a tree in the park.
An Azerbaijani citizen has been a focal point in the policy pursued by the head of the state. Solution of social issues concerning citizens of Azerbaijan and protection of their health have been defined by President Ilham Aliyev as priority issues. A series of projects have been implemented so far in this direction. Among these projects, issues concerning population’s living in a healthy environment are paid special attention. Arranging tree-planting actions in areas where earlier were no vegetation, along with laying out new green areas as a result of the environmental policy implemented in the country, and protecting existing ones, have significantly contributed to improving the ecological condition in Azerbaijan, and increasing green zones.
Led by First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been paying special attention to projects being implemented in Azerbaijan at the state level towards improving ecological condition in the country. The Foundation has made great contribution to laying out new greeneries in the country, and preserving the existing ones. Projects being implemented on the initiative and with the support of Leyla Aliyeva, the vice-president of the Foundation, founder and head of IDEA Public Association, aiming at improving the ecological condition and creating new greeneries, are of significant importance. From this standpoint, the project “United for the sake of Nature, United for the sake of Life!” is of special importance.
Youth, residents of the district, as well as volunteers of the Regional Development Public Association of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation participated in the action.
Aimed at arranging tree-planting actions both in Baku and in the regions, the project brings the importance of protecting the environment to peoples’ attention, especially the young generation, calling on for a joint activity in solving ecological issues. The project aims, at the same time, at uniting people for noble initiatives. Arranged on the days of celebrating the State Flag Day and on the eve of the 12 November – the Constitution Day, this action was remembered also by uniting citizens around an important for the country project.
President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva met and talked with participants of the tree-planting action.
Photos were taken at the end.
Before the tree-planting action, a voluntary work was arranged in the area, and cleaning works were performed.
Nests and feeders were installed on the existing trees, along with planting and watering trees, and cleaning the area off litter.
Various entertaining and musical programmes, as well as competitions were arranged in the framework of the event.
The attendees expressed their pleasure of joining the action.