The National Afforestation Day and the 10th Anniversary of Eritrea’s Green Campaign was marked with different activities, including a day-long conference, yesterday, 15 May 2016.
Asmara, 16 May 2016 – The National Afforestation Day and the 10th Anniversary of Eritrea’s Green Campaign was marked with different activities, including a day-long conference, yesterday, 15 May 2016.
The commemoration took place at the Hager Media Hall within the premises of the Ministry of Information. President Isaias Afwerki, senior Government and PFDJ officials and invited guests attended the opening ceremony.
In his opening address, President Isaias pointed out that the vital importance of afforstation is “too vivid and universally recognized to merit elaboration or warrant new innovation”. In the event, “the pertinent question that must be asked on such occasions is what we have done in concrete terms?”, President Isaias underlined.
Emphasizing that “a robust afforestation programme must go beyond nominal and inconsistent measures”, President Isaias stated that all the activities slated for implementation “must be measurable in terms of quality, quantity, geographical coverage and time”. A strong monitoring and enforcement mechanism as well as an effective research infrastructure should be indispensable components of the integrated programme, the President underlined. In this perspective, it behooves on this Conference to “chart out a road-map that will accelerate progress in future” President Isaias stated in concluding his remarks.
The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Arefaine Berhe, on his part stated that much remains to be done although modest achievements have been made in the last 10 years in afforestation and greening activities nationwide. A comprehensive vegetation mapping at the national level was underway with the support of the GIS office to provide graphic overview of the magnitude of the task ahead, Mr. Arefaine explained. The Minister also thanked partner and stakeholder government bodies that have contributed to the endeavours underway through various means.
Mr. Abraha Garza, Head of the Authority for Wildlife and Forestry, described in detail the various programmes of afforestation and enclosures pursued the past ten years.
In what has now become an annual event at the convention of the Conference, President Isaias Afwerki, and, all senior Government and PFDJ officials planted tree seedlings at the premises of the Ministry of Information.
The Ministry of Agriculture also handed over awards to communities, organizations and individuals who played exemplary roles in the afforestation activities in the last 10 years.