Honourable Robert Pickersgill, Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change has urged Jamaicans to take care of the nation’s forests because it is vital to the mitigating the effects of climate change.
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Trees play a critical role to our existence on earth. They provide us with numerous products that we utilize in our daily lives, from food to furniture, paper to cosmetics and a host of products in between. Their aesthetic appeal is universal, and they make our world a much more beautiful place.
On this the 12th observance of National Tree Planting Day, the interest and participation in the activity has been especially strong. Since distribution commenced two weeks ago, dozens of persons and organisations have steadily visited our nurseries and distribution points to collect seedlings for their tree planting activities.
The Forestry Department is happy to see the support and growing interest in the activity and thanks all individuals and organisations who have participated by planting trees, educating others and helping to make National Tree Planting Day successful.
The distribution of seedlings to mark this year's observance of National Tree Planting Day (NTPD) has commenced at all Forestry Department nurseries and select offices across the island.
On this the 12th observance of the day, the Agency is focusing on the role of trees in mitigating the negative effects of climate change. This year's observance is taking place under the theme: "Adapting to Climate Change...Secure our future, plant a tree today".