A campaign to plant trees and maintain existing trees has been launched in Douala with the donation of work tools to some associations to plant and maintain trees. The ceremony took place on August 27 at the esplanade of the Littoral Governor's office.
Speaking on the behalf of the Governor, the Littoral Secretary General, Maurice Tchoffo Sa'a said the government promotes green economy because it fights against climate change. The region, he added, is the most affected zone as far as climate change is concerned. He added that government discovered the population is cutting down trees and not replanting so the negative effects of climate change is affecting the region.
Hence, a partnership has been set up between the administration and Councils, common initiative groups, associations and NGOs to assist in planting trees and maintaining them. He lauded the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife (MINFOF) which has taken the initiative to refurbish the forest in a bid to to fight degradation of the environment.
The initiative, he said, is in line with the concept adopted in Rio+20 which is to "Plant a Tree." Finally, he said the equipment should be used specifically for the purpose for which they were being handed.
The Regional Delegate of MINFOF for the Littoral, Issola Depanda François presented the equipment handed over to some CIGs which represented the councils of Manoka, Loum, Moungo and Nkam, among others, in the region. He said they will plant trees in schools to give shades while mangroves will also be planted in specific regions. The equipment include brushes, cutters, wheelbarrows, shovels, handgloves, engine saws, cutlasses and rakes for each of the divisions.