The Analyst (Monrovia)

9 May 2006

Liberia: Pres. Sirleaf Speaks On National Tree Planting Day

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will serve as keynote speaker on the National Tree Planting Day organized by the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).

The day was set aside in the New Forestry law of Liberia by an Act of National Legislature in December 2000, to be celebrated on the second Friday of May each year, to conscientize the Liberian people about their environment and to galvanize awareness support and action for tree as major component of biodiversity in the country.

The day is being celebrated to commensurate the important role trees play in human existence and the need to conserve the tree; the theme for this year is "Tree, a major component of biodiversity conservation". The program will be held at the Monrovia City Hall on Friday, May 12, 2006, at 10:00a.m.

The FDA attaches great importance to the day due to the significance of trees, which are major component of biodiversity.

The program is expected to attract foreign missions near Monrovia, government officials, and collaborating agencies of the FDA, business executives, nature lovers and the general public.

Some major socio-economic and environmental benefits the forest provides consist of trees, animals, purified air, funds for government projects, among others.

Trees equally conserve major and minor water bodies from dying out, protect the ozone layer from depletion, protect soil from erosion and maintain the topsoil for sustainable food production.

Areas earmarked for the tree planting demonstration on that day are the Capitol Building, Broad Street, Archive Building and Via Town Park near Johnson Street Bridge.

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