By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
A Non-Governmental Organization—Green-Aid has planted 100 million trees across Africa for the contribution of forests to the well-being of mankind.
According to the Project Manager of the Organization, Mr. Tabi Joda who disclosed this to newsmen during the tree planting said once mature, will yield organic fruits, medicinal products and reduce resource stress that can certifiably impact the income of rural families, combat desertification, dry lands, disasters, land degradation, poverty, food insecurity, forced migration and violence.
Mr. Joda mentioned that the tree planning became necessary because, in the last 15 years, over 16 million people lost their lives and 1.8 billion people were affected by various disasters, causing economic losses totaling over 3.5 trillion US dollars.
He mentioned that while the causes of disaster mortality continue to increase, African families, communities, and businesses remain increasingly vulnerable hence, the need for a simple, people-centered, cost effective sustainable solution that delivers on the SDGs.
The Project Manager mentioned that it is exceptionally enormous as trees offer promising mid-term green growth opportunities, and deliver vital long-term ecosystem services such as clean water, clean air, conservation of biodiversity and resilient landscapes for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
“Concerned about Africa being the most affected region by climate change and climate driven disasters, I dedicated my life to building resilience in Africa through planting 100 million trees”.
“In the last two years I’ve planted 22100 trees across Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya and looking forward to the next countries. I urge you all to join in re-greening Africa with new 100 million trees”. He said