The Gambia Tourism Board and partners joined by the communities of Tendaba, Nyakunda, Sansangkono in Kwinella recently planted over 2000 trees in the village of Tendaba, in the Lower River Region (LRR).
Leading the tree planting exercise, Salifu Puye, Governor of the Lower River Region, commended GTBoard and partners for the move. He took the opportunity to applaud the GTBoard and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MoTC) for chosing Tendaba as the host of the maiden edition of The Gambia International Birds Festival 2016, scheduled for the 21st-25th October 2016.
The Governor called on the Alkalo, youth and women of the community to take great care of the planted trees for them to serve their purpose.
Alhaji Demba Sanyang, Chief of Kiang Central, underscored the importance of tree planting; thanked GTBoard for solely sponsoring the tree planting exercise and applauded all the communities that participated in the exercise.
Fabakary Sanneh, Chairman of Mansakoko Area Council, also commended the sponsors GTBoard, and Habitat Africa and the Department of Forestry for giving them different species of trees planted in the community.
He advised the people of the community to take good care of the planted trees, saying the exercise is befitting for the community in the sense that it has been selected to host the forthcoming maiden edition of The Gambia International Bird Festival 2016.
Ousman B Sonko, Station Officer at Dumbuto Forest, Kiang Central, said the trees would serve as habitat for different wildlife species and help tackle climate change.
Sonko pointed out that irresponsible agricultural practices can lead to massive deforestation as millions of hectares of rainforest are destroyed daily.
He encouraged communities to take great care of the planted trees to make sure that they keep them alive to avoid waste of time, resource and money.
During the exercise, 300 Acacia, 100 Mahogany and Gmalaina 2000 were planted.
The event attracted a number of people including the Alkalolu of Tendaba, Nyakunda, Sansangkono, as well as the Chief of Kiang Central; Aja Satunding Sanyang, Women Federation leader in Kiang Central, among others.
by Yunus S Saliu