Are Trees Rooting for Us? The Heritage of Greening in Qatar

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This article considers the emergence and role of “heritage trees” in Qatar. I suggest these trees are emblematic of a cultural heritage discourse that constructs a specific relationship to the landscape, one that is simultaneously informed by an imagined past and a desired future. I contextualize this development within the phenomenon of “survivor trees,” a global discourse that mobilizes a heritage rhetoric about anxieties of loss and desires for adaptation, in order to account for the recent appearance of “heritage trees” in Qatar as part of its efforts to build and mobilize its citizens’ support for a sustainable future. This discussion highlights the ways in which heritage discourses may be mobilized as powerful technologies in the construction of environmental imaginaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalCulture, Agriculture, Food and Environment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • heritage
  • Qatar
  • sustainability
  • technology
  • trees


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