Campaign to plant 10,000 trees Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 00:00

The Forestry Department in Belize has joined with other local and global partners to commemorate International Day of Forests, which was celebrated on March 21, 2018. In lieu of this day and this year’s theme “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the department is partnering with countrywide municipalities to plant more than 10,000 trees by 2020.

The Belmopan City Council is the first municipality that the department has teamed up with. The council has a campaign for a greener city and through this partnership, over 1,000 trees will be planted in and around the Belmopan area. Several carefully selected tree species will be strategically placed for beautification, providing shade, cooler temperatures and oxygen, and promoting health and well-being. Louise Willis, Belmopan City Councillor, has stated that the donation forms part their initiative to encourage active and healthy lifestyles while improving mental health, and preventing diseases.

The investment in planting trees in forests can provide future economic benefits, secure our water supply, minimize flooding and reduce global warming but planting trees in our urban settings promotes healthier lifestyles, encourages recreation, and enhances the general well-being of our citizenry.

The initiative is part of the Department’s Forest for Life program being promoted under the Key Biodiversity Areas project, aimed at promoting forest stewardship. Since its launch, the initiative has reached more than 15,000 people, raising awareness on the importance of all types of forests and trees.