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MAKKAH: A two-day event organized by the National Center for the Development of Vegetation and Combating Desertification saw more than 100 hiking and climbing enthusiasts explore nature while promoting environmental awareness in Jazan.

The “Walking in Nature’s Embrace” initiative, which ended on Sunday and is also taking place in other national parks of the Kingdom, is part of Saudi Arabia Summer 2024 and took place in Wadi Lajab National Park and Al-Qahar Mountains in Jazan’s Al- Raith Governorate .

The ‘Walking in Nature’s embrace’ initiative has provided locals and visitors with various volunteering opportunities, including tree maintenance in national parks, clean-up campaigns and environmental education. (X: ncvcksa/SPA)

Hikers traversed designated trails featuring historical landmarks and ancient rock inscriptions dating back millennia, while engaging in volunteer efforts and promoting environmental awareness messages under the slogan “Naturally Beautiful” using QR codes on who wore them.

The scheme provided locals and visitors with various volunteering opportunities, including tree maintenance in national parks, clean-up campaigns and environmental education. The activities, aimed at encouraging environmentally conscious behaviour, were also designed to stimulate community involvement.

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The ‘Walking in Nature’s Embrace’ initiative takes place in various national parks of the Kingdom and is part of Saudi Arabia Summer 2024.

Abdulkarim Tayyash, a local environmentalist, highlighted the unique appeal of the region, describing the summer atmosphere and breathtaking nature of the Al-Qahar Mountains and Wadi Lajab as a top experience for tourists and visitors to Jazan.

The ‘Walking in Nature’s embrace’ initiative has provided locals and visitors with various volunteer opportunities, including tree maintenance in national parks, clean-up campaigns and environmental education. (X: ncvcksa/Provided)

“The Jazan area, with its enchanting landscapes, diverse vegetation, mountainous terrain and lush green plains, offers one of the most rewarding experiences for nature lovers,” he told Arab News.

Tayyash also discussed his love for mountain trekking, a passion he encourages in his children. “We have made daily walks in Al-Raith a family tradition,” he said. The area, surrounded by picturesque mountain ranges, offers an ideal setting for both casual walks and more ambitious climbs.

The ‘Walking in Nature’s embrace’ initiative has provided locals and visitors with various volunteering opportunities, including tree maintenance in national parks, clean-up campaigns and environmental education. (X: ncvcksa/Provided)

Visits to the “beautiful” waterfalls in Wadi Lajab are “always worth it,” Tayyash added.

The region is rich in green mountains and trees, he said, adding that he encourages his children to help preserve the botanical diversity and enhance the beauty and greenery of the area, providing a perfect setting for hiking, photography and sports.

The ‘Walking in Nature’s embrace’ initiative has provided locals and visitors with various volunteer opportunities, including tree maintenance in national parks, clean-up campaigns and environmental education. (X: ncvcksa/Provided)

Vegetation expert Issa Al-Qarbi emphasized the role of the scheme in developing environmental awareness: “These participatory events in the Al-Qahar mountains are crucial for the conservation of our natural assets and the development of our vegetation cover.”

Al-Qarbi described the region’s diverse terrain, including towering mountains, deep valleys and unique rock formations, as a draw for visitors and adventurers alike.

“The mountains are renowned for their dense vegetation, comprising various types of trees, shrubs and wild plants, making them a haven for nature lovers, environmentalists and those seeking unique ecological experiences,” he added.

The Al-Qahar and Al-Raith mountains have a relatively moderate climate compared to the surrounding coastal areas, making them attractive destinations during the summer months. The area boasts wildlife and birds, as well as picturesque waterfalls and flowing streams.

Beyond the natural attractions, the region is home to traditional mountain villages that offer insights into local cultures and lifestyles.

The blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage makes the area an ideal destination for those seeking an experience that combines adventure, relaxation and cultural exploration.

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