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Individuals, Groups Urged To Foster Re-a forestation 

By Rophina Njimanted & Melvis Eta* — In an effort to maintain a green Cameroon, some active participants in the tree planting exercise were donated equipment during the 2012 launching ceremony of the tree planting exercise campaign in Bamenda. 

This is in a bid to increase participation in the exercise and combat climate change. The launching ceremony of the tree planting exercise took place at the Regional Delegation of Economy Planning and Regional Development Tuesday, August 14, under the theme: “Planting a tree is contributing to the promotion of a Green Economy”. 

It was presided over by the Secretary General of the Northwest Region, Confiance Ebune.
 On the occasion, the Regional Delegate of Forestry and Wildlife, Mrs. Grace Mbah, gave a balance sheet of the tree planting exercise over the past five years. She said the National re-afforestation project was launched in 2006 with the support of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife.

While stating that government has planted a total of 485 thousand trees in four years, she encouraged groups and individuals to plant more tress so as to combat climate change.
 Mrs. Mbah also talked of 20 councils that had received FCFA 5 million each for the tree planting exercise. The significance of the launching exercise, according to the Regional Delegate of Forestry and Wildlife, is to sensitise the public on the importance of tree planting and to encourage them join the world in fighting global warming.

The Secretary General of the Northwest Region, on his part, urged the different councils that signed the convention for the tree planting exercise to work hard for the project to be realised.
 A convention agreement was signed with the Mayors and Representatives of Bali, Oku, Jakiri and Mua councils, and the MASA Common Initiative Group to continue the planting exercise in their various municipalities.

Associations such  as Hope For African Women Initiative Group, Community Forest Management Institution, Ngoketunjia Forestry Network, Sustainable Agro-Forestry Technicians and Save Your future Association, SYFA,  received equipments such as wheelbarrows, diggers, spades, saws, boots and globes worth FCFA 3 million each.
One of the beneficiaries from Hope for Africa Women Initiative Group, Messiah Fongwi expressed gratitude. “I am impressed by this award and I promise to work harder, plant more trees for the green Cameroon project and also take it to higher heights.” He also encouraged others who are ignorant of these activities to support the project.

Dieudonne Tantoh Forba, Founder of Save Your Future Association, also promised to work with more youths to promote this project which has been his dream come true. The ceremony ended with a tree planting exercise in front of the Northwest Court of Appeal.

*(UB Journalism Students on Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01369