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Regional News of Monday, 11 May 2015

Source: cameroon-info.net

Reforestation 2015 campaign launched

The Minister of Forests and Wildlife (Minfof), Ngole Philip Ngwese chaired a meeting in Bamenda in the Northwest region recently.

The ceremony for the official launch of the campaign for reforestation this year was held under the theme, "development of forest plantations, a response to the needs of populations in wood's service and development of species”.

Bamenda was not chosen by chance to host this event. For some time now, the capital of the North West region has been entangled in the throes of climate change, affecting local biodiversity with consequences of deforestation, Bush fires and especially the drying up of drinking water catchment points which serves as a relevant resource to humans and wildlife.

Christian Simeu, agro-forestry engineer, head of antenna for Anafor Nors-West noted that all these factors expose our environment to degradation hence we have as an obligation to plant the trees that preserve the water in these areas.

We also have an obligation to plant trees for our personal use and we finally have the obligation to plant trees to enrich the soil.

Present at the ceremony was Mrs. Mbah, the delegate of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (Minfof) for Northwest asked populations to appropriate this campaign launched by the Minister.

"We have forests in some regions, we have high savanna, up there we have a few trees and Savannah, we have mountain forests; so you see that biodiversity is so rich in the Northwest. I think that the launch of the national reforestation campaign should interest a good number of people here," said Ms. delegate.

After a speech in the presence of the boss of the region, Adolph Lele L'afrique and many authorities and personalities, the Minfof launched the campaign by planting a tree, a move also taken over by the Governor.

The Minister Ngole Philip Ngwese took the opportunity to inaugurate the headquarters (building housing services) of the regional delegation of the Ministry of Forests and Wildlife (Minfof) for the Northwest in Bamenda which had opened since Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

Built in 4 years, the building of type R + 2 was funded by the program of CD2 and houses 25 air-conditioned offices, a conference room, parking lot, and many other facilities.