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PCC, ANAFOR Sign Tree Planting Deal 

By Walter Wilson Nana

In a bid to stem the tides of climate change, the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, and the National Agency for Forestry Development in Cameroon, known in the French acronym as ANAFOR, have signed a tree planting protocol.

PCC and ANAFOR officials exchange tree planting protocol agreement

PCC Development Secretary, Denis Kumbuo, said the church has committed itself with ANAFOR to protect the environment. "With ANAFOR, we shall be doing tree nursery development, planting of trees and sensitising the communities about the role of trees in our environment. We will go further to develop curricula in the direction of schools, beginning from the primary, secondary and in our theological seminaries. Even in the upcoming PCC University, we look forward to take issues of environmental studies very seriously," he explained.

Kumbuo said the PCC is warm about tree planting because it is God’s commitment. "All the environmental hazards we experience today, the climate change and the global warming effects are signs that man has not been able to keep the commitment God gave us at the beginning," he mentioned.

Rev/Dr Festus Asana, PCC Synod Clerk, corroborated Kumbuo; "The purpose of the PCC – ANAFOR tree planting deal is to safe God’s creation. We are not only out to preach but to live the gospel in what we do in God’s creation. The PCC has always been at the forefront of issues concerning human life. We have also been at the fore of the fight against HIV/AIDS and the promotion of the educational sector in Cameroon." The P Synod Clerk said they are collaborating in the area of tree planting as part of the efforts to combat climate change. "The PCC is elaborating a 7-year tree planting scheme. So, working with ANAFAOR is a booster to our efforts," he said.

Asana expressed worry that global warming, deforestation, land degradation and climate change are impacting, negatively, on humanity across the world and Cameroon is not left out.
The Deputy General Manager of ANAFOR, Bruno Njombe Ewusi, expressed confidence that their message of tree planting is gaining grounds. "The message is for everybody to be concerned about what is happening in our environment. Tree planting is one of the ways we can mitigate the effects of the climate change," he said.

While expressing satisfaction to the management of the PCC for their efforts in contributing to tree planting, Njombe added that ANAFOR is chipping in the technical knowhow and the PCC has the willingness to plant trees.

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