Celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities
As part of this year’s International Day of the Forests, a ceremony was held at Bel Air State Secondary School at the end of last month to raise awareness of the environmental issues facing us all over the depletion of vital forests.
Under the banner of this year’s United Nations theme, Forests and Sustainable Cities, the event was organised by the Mauritian Agro-Industry Ministry - see more in this piece over in Republic of Mauritius News.
It was attended by the Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Mr Mahen Seeruttun, among other dignitaries.
The event marked a celebration of a number of initiatives around safeguarding forests. The Minister applauded the work of students to maintain and care for ‘an endemic garden’ in the yard of SSS Bel Air, for instance.
He also, says the piece, ‘appealed to the population to participate actively in the endeavor to protect our forests by planting trees’ – to at least begin to offset years of depletion.
The Ministry hopes to plant 500,000 new trees over five years. To date, 300,000 have been planted, says the piece.
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