In what conservationists described as a ‘groundbreaking’ initiative, President Adama Barrow will embark on a tree planting exercise in the National Assembly premises on Monday.
The planting will take place immediately after addressing members of the august Assembly on the ‘state of the nation’ speech.
Earlier on in January while responding to The Stone Circle’s question on the threats climate change poses on development and what the his administration will do to join the global efforts in combating emerging environment challenges, President Adama Barrow said his government is fully cognizant of the threat and that it will ensure measures are put in place.
Expressing delight, Kemo Fatty, the Director of Green Up, a tree planting initiative, welcomed the President’s move and noted that it will boost the determination of young environmentalists like him. He said the trees to be planted by President Barrow will help to complement their ‘Summer Go Green’ campaign as they seek to motivate individuals to take up tree planting during the period of the rainy season.
Picture: Green Up Director Kemo Fatty planting a tree in NBR
“For Green Up, our vision is to create an environmentally friendly, ecologically stable, and economically flourishing Gambia for the benefit of the people,” he added.
Over the last few years, the forest cover and number of trees in The Gambia has significantly reduced. This has resulted in loss of biodiversity and severe land degradation due to soil erosion and loss of fertility. Areas which used to be very fertile are now barren and the overall agricultural productivity has declined dramatically which is pushing people deeper into poverty.