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FCFA 600 Million Allocated For Tree Planting 

 FCFA 600 Million Allocated For Tree Planting

By Linda Agbor
Government has allocated FCFA 600 million for the tree planting and re-afforestation programme.The money will be given to councils, NGOs, CIGs, associations and chiefdoms for the planting of trees and their maintenance. The Minister of Forest and Wildlife, MINFOF, Philip Ngole Ngwese, disclosed this information during the launching of the 2014 Tree Planting and Re-afforestation Campaign, on April 25 in Maroua. “We chose to launch it in Maroua following the directives given by the Head of State with a view of putting more emphasis on the northern part of the country,” said the Minister.According to the Minister, more than half of the FCFA 600 million (FCFA 342 million) will be awarded to Councils and associations based in Adamawa, North and Far North Regions, for the realisation of 800 hectares of forest  plantations. This represents more than 50 percent of financial resources mobilised this year by Government to 
support re-afforestation. Government launched the tree planting and re-afforestation campaign way back in 2006. It was supposed to last for three years, pending the putting in place of a national programme for re-afforestation, but while waiting for the programme to be finalised, the tree planting operation continues. The campaign had as objective to increase and support the forest production in dense forest zones and maintain biodiversity, intensify re-afforestation in humid savannah zones, fight against desertification and climate change, ensure permanently the state of wooded reserves and reforestation perimeters and the transfer of their management to the community and private sector, amongst others. Minister Ngole Ngwese said many factors account for the phenomenon of deforestation and degradation of the ecosystem that is already fragile: natural catastrophe provoked by heavy rains, followed by floods in 2002, that hit the Regions of far North, North, East and Northwest, influx of forest criminals from neighbouring countries, 
 
transhumance breeders from neighbouring countries in search of pasture, urbanization, land crisis, agri-business, 
 
slash-and-burn agriculture, lack of civic responsibilities.
He disclosed that so far, 45 Conventions out of the 49 expected, have been signed by Mayors of the concerned 
 
Councils and four others will be signed when appropriate solutions would have been gotten of their inter-
 
municipal link with certain reserves.
He added that from 2006 to 2013, about 300 Councils, 100 CIGs/NGOs/associations and 25 chiefdoms have 
 
received financial assistance for the planting of trees. 
Some of them have received support for the maintenance of these trees. 
“Cumulatively, the sum of FCFA 2.5 billion will be needed to plant about 2.5 million trees over the national 
 
territory on a surface area of 6,500 hectares. This amount translates Government’s will to fight against the 
 
degradation of the ecosystem,” said Ngole Ngwese.
However, he said it was observed that the rate of realisation stood at 40 percent, despite the billions put in and 
 
therefore called on the beneficiaries to ensure a better realisation this time around while an evaluation team will 
 
be sent to follow up their activities. 
Presenting the programme, Bruno Mfou’ou Mfou’ou, Director of Forests, said for this year, some 141 actors, that is 
 
47 communes on provisional agreement to manage transferred forest reserves, seven councils, 17 
 
NGO/CIGs/associations that have not yet benefitted from the re-afforestation support will receive financial 
 
assistance from MINFOF.
They are expected to plant trees on over 1,500 hectares of land. FCFA 70 million will be to maintain the forests 
 
and this involves 34 councils, 33 NGOs/CIGs/associations and three chiefdoms.
It was also disclosed that 16 Councils: 14 from the Far North and two from the North will each  receive FCFA 
 
18.5 million to plant trees, contrary to the FCFA 5 million that was given in the previous years.

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