Grenada Broadcasting Network

26th February 2024

  

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International Forest Day Celebrated in Grenada with Clean Up Activity. How much should we value trees?

A clean up exercise at Levera St Patrick on Tuesday, was the hallmark of activities marking the observance of International Day of the forest.

The 2023 theme is “Forests and their Health.

The United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as the International Day of Forests in 2012,  to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of forests.

Countries are also encouraged to undertake efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

The Ministry of Agriculture partnered with the St. Patrick’s Environmental and Community Tourism Organisation (SPECTO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the T. A Marryshow Community College St. Patrick Campus in staging the clean-up exercise at Levera.

Chief Forestry Officer Anthony Jeremiah was among stakeholders at Tuesdays activity.

SPECTO Representative Florisha Mitchell praised the response from the young persons who participated in the exercise.

Most of the garbage collected included items made from plastic.

Sustainable Landscape Management Specialist Aiden Forteau outlined the importance of Tuesdays activity.

The initiative seeks to raise awareness on forests; their sustainable management and use as key resources in combating climate change, and to contributing to the prosperity and well-being of current and future generations.

According to the United Nations, forests are vital for all aspects of a healthy planet, from livelihoods and nutrition to biodiversity and the environment.

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