The Forest Department joined other partners locally and around the globe in celebrating International Day of Forests on March 21st, 2018. In commemoration of this day and this year’s theme, “Forests and Sustainable Cities”, the Forest Department is partnering with local municipalities countrywide to plant more than 10,000 trees by 2020.
The Forest Department officially teamed up with the first municipality, the Belmopan City Council, in support of their campaign for a greener city. In doing so, the Forest Department will deliver more than 1000 trees over time for planting in and around the Belmopan area. Several carefully selected tree species will be strategically placed for beautification, providing shade, cooler temperatures and oxygen, and promoting health and well-being.
Forests and trees continue to be an integral part of our survival. Whereas our investments in planting trees in forests can provide future economic benefits, secure our water supply, minimize flooding and reduce global warming, planting trees in our urban settings promote healthier lifestyles, encourage recreation and enhance the general well-being of our citizenry.
In receiving the first batch of new seedlings, Belmopan City Councillor, Mrs. Louise Willis, stated that this forms part of their expanding urban green space initiative, encouraging active and healthy lifestyles, improving mental health, preventing disease, and providing a place for people to socialize.
The initiative is part of the Department’s Forest for Life program being promoted under the Key Biodiversity Areas project, aimed at promoting forest stewardship. Since its launch, the initiative has reached more than 15,000 people, raising awareness on the importance of all types of forests and trees.