Somalia: World Environment Day celebrated in Puntland, Govt calls for tree plantation
Jun 5, 2014 - 12:52:57 PM

GAROWE, Somalia June5, 2013 (Garowe Online)-Puntland Government in Northern Somalia has marked World Environment Day with pledges of mass plantation in the semi-arid region on Thursday, Garowe Online reports.

Speaking at a well organized event in the state capital of Garowe, Puntland's Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Guled Salah Barre called on residents to work for afforestation and announced that his ministry would carry out the plantation of 25,000 trees in one year.

"We are this morning celebrating World Environment Day on June 5. Also we have launched a new initiative that will lead to the plantation and greening of seven towns including Bossaso, Dhahar, Baran, Qardo, Garowe, Buhodle and Galkayo," said Barre. "25,000 trees will be planted in each town".

He stressed the need for collective efforts in the fight against environmental degradation, pointing fingers at lucrative business of charcoal.

Also in attendance was Puntland Vice President Abdihakin Abdullahi Haji Omar Amey who declared that the government remained committed to putting an end to depletion of wildlife and trees.

EU backs Puntland by injecting millions into environmental protection measures as part of steps toward greener areas across the region.