Health office in Agok in Abyei Administrative Area received 100 seedlings from police department at the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei on Friday.
The seedlings which include of Mohagony and Tamarind trees, among others, will be planted in public places like Aniet market, schools, government buildings and Agok traditional court. They are part of the 500 the mission donated last month. The planting started in Aniet market on Friday.
The Public and Environment Health Inspector in Rumamer county, Dau Achuil Ayuel, states that the initiative is part of protecting the environment.
“Today morning, we received trees from UNISFA to be planted in some areas. The aim is most of trees in the area have been cut down, the importance of planting trees is to save environment from desertification. I urge everyone who got trees to take care of them. We can benefit from trees,” he confirmed.
Dau said the initiative may include planting trees along the main roads and homes.
If successfully done, it would change the view of the largest town in Abyei to something better. Mading Dhel Ayom a trader in Aniet market received two seedlings of Tamarind tree and planted them in front of his shop. He says he will take care of them until they grow into big trees and produce fruits.
Deforestation is one of the main causes of climate change which has become a global crisis. According to Science, living trees absorb and store carbon dioxide and give oxygen in turn during the day.
Planting trees is among the solutions stated by WorldWide Fund for Nature – an international organization.
Last month, authorities issued punitive measures against destruction of fruit-bearing trees. They include 30,000 South Sudanese Pounds fine and imprisonment.
2020 was one of the hottest years in recorded in history, according to data released a few months ago by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.