youth-led empowerment organisation call Advocate for Youth Development (AYD)
over the weekend planted about 200 different tree seedlings at Salagi Forest
Park in Kombo North District.
The exercise which brought together members of the organisation, other youth organisation and officials of the forestry department, aimed at positively contributing to climate change mitigation.
President and founder of the organisation, Enssa Trawally said the exercise was an initiative targeted to protect and preserve the country’s lost forest cover, adding that most of the country’s forest cover are being threatened by human activities, including tree cutting.
He said in the past years, they have embarked on similar exercises at the Brikama Nyambai forest, where over 200 tree seedlings were also planted to support the reforestation program of the Government. “This is not the first time the organisation is embarking on such exercise. We are planning to extend the exercise to all other regions for a greener Gambia.” he said
Secretary, Babucarr Sanneh advice young people to take up development initiatives that can significantly contribute to the development of the country, stating that the advancement of the nation depends largely on her youthful population.
He also urged the Government to create a conducive space to allow young people to contribute their part in nation building. “It is us young people who should take up the leading role in the development of our country. But also, there should be that open environment created by the Government for the youth to realize their potentials.” he said.
Modou Jallow, a forestry officer at Salaji Forest Park thanked the organisation for complementing government efforts in the forest restoration program, saying the protection and preservation of the nation’s virtually lost forest cover should be the duty of every citizen.