Desertification: Kano to plant 1m trees

Tukur Muntari – 10 September 2021 – https://punchng.com/desertification-kano-to-plant-1m-trees/

The Kano State Government on Thursday flagged off the 2021 tree planting campaign with a pledge to plant one million trees as part of effort to check the menace of desertification in the state.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Kabiru Getso, disclosed this while flagging off the tree planting campaign in Kano on Thursday.

The Commissioner explained that the 2021 Tree Planting Campaign with the theme, ‘Mitigating Climate Effects and Achieving Beautification in Kano’, is meant to checkmate the indiscriminate felling of trees in Kano, which resulted the State to experienced maximum temperature of 44 degrees celsius in 2020.

Getso noted that last year, the State was compelled to plant over two million trees in an efforts to reduce the excessive high temperature.

He said this year’s cmpaign is designed to cover two weeks and has been divided into phases, the first phase will cover communities, state major roads, and some institutions, while the second phase will be launched by the Governor next week.

He disclosed that the state had keyed into National Great Green Wall Project, and already they have provided funds and land for the establishment of Community tree nurseries and plantations in the State.

He also disclosed that the state had evacuated over 1000 trucks of refuse as part of the Mass Environmental Clean Campaign embarked upon by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

He said that the evacuation of the eefuse had highly reduced the menace of flooding disturbing the ancient city.


See also : https://dailytrust.com/kano-to-plant-1m-trees-to-fight-desertification

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.