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Monday, November 3, 2008

The community can promote tree-planting

FOREST conservation and tree-planting are rapidly attaining prominence on the international agenda as part of the efforts towards mitigating climate change and global warming.

Under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Prince Albert II of Monaco and Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathati launched a plant for the Planet Campaign in 2006 with a target of planting seven billion trees world-wide by the Copenhagen climate change meeting of 2009.

In Uganda, the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and World Vision launched a national campaign at Nakasongola in October 2008 under-which 13 million trees will be planted by 2011.

Planting sites will include forest reserves, places of worship, schools, barracks, public parks and communities. The Minister for Water and Environment, Maria Mutagamba rightly urged local leaders and communities to protect trees and conserve forests in Uganda.

Sustaining tree-planting and conservation requires the involvement of local leaders and communities.

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The painting is by Nancy Merkle

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