GCM, NBR Regional Forestry office plant over 3000 trees
Thursday, September 06, 2012
The Department of Forestry in Kerewan in partnership with the Gambia Creative Minds (GCM) a Turkish charitable organisation recently planted over 3000 trees at Balli Mandinka village in North Bank Region (NBR).
the exercise, Lamin Queen Jammeh, the governor of NBR underscored the
importance government attaches to the protection and regeneration of the
country’s forests. He noted that the planting of trees would enhance global
climatic changes and improve soil cover and by extension enhance productivity.
director of Forestry, Sarjo Fatajo, stressed the importance his department
attaches in building partnership with organisations, to complement government’s
efforts in forest protection and regeneration of trees. He said the
trees planted by the GCM in partnership with the regional forestry office in
Kerewan clearly shows government’s commitment in reforestation. Fatajo
finally urged the community of Balli Mandinka to be proactive in protecting the
trees from stray animals and bush fire.
part, Njundu Darboe, the focal person of GCM in The Gambia expressed their
commitment to the protection and preservation of the forest. He said the
planting of these trees in Balli Mandinka was a follow-up to similar exercises
held in Kerr Ardo and Kinteh Kunda Janneh in Lower Baddibou, with the ultimate
aim of contributing to reforestation and regeneration of forest species. He thanked
the Department of Forestry for their support and cooperation.
part, Ebou Janha, the Regional Forestry officer thanked GCM for their
continuous support to the Department of Forestry in contributing to
reforestation and sustainable land management. He also disclosed that his
department plans to plant one million trees annually.
The alkalo of Balli Mandinka thanked the Department of Forestry and GCM for the support and assured them that the communities are very much committed to the protection of the forest and illegal logging.
Author: Alhagie Babou Jallow in NBR