People Without Border (YPWB); a youth-led community association in Siffoe,
Wonder Years Center of Excellence (WYCE) and other partners, Sunday held tree
planting exercise at the Siffoe community forest in Kombo South District.
Different species of trees, including gmalina, palm tree, oranges, mahogany and coconut were planted in the fifty-two hectare forest, targeted to address erosion and help in the mitigation of climate change.
President of YPWB, Kalifa Kanteh said, “We are losing our forest cover and that is why we are planting these trees to mitigate that alongside mitigating effects of climate change, including global warming.”
Kombo South chief Lamin Sulayman Darboe said, “We are all aware that the Sahelian monster –Desert- is coming nearer to us and we must all stand up firm to do something about it.”
He commended YPWB and partners for the initiative, saying it will go a long way in preserving the forest cover. “Trees are agents of rain and draught is always a common enemy. We have to protect our forest and end global warming.”
Lamin Kijera, director of WYCE and Bakary b Jarju, acting West Coast Region forestry officer both commended the organisers of the exercise for the foresight, calling it a worth initiative that will help rejuvenate the losing forest cover.
Chairman of Siffoe Village Development Committee, Ebrima Jallow and Lamin Jarju, coordinator of Casa- Gambia Cross-border Corporation both applauded YPWB and partners for the initiative.
Chairman of Gunjur VDC and chief forester at the Gambia weather forecast bureau called the tree planting activity a worthy initiative as the country is losing it forest cover due to human activities.