Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced an initiative that will see three million trees being planted across the island.
The National Tree Planting Initiative will be launched on Friday, October 4, at Jamaica House and is to be in operation for three years. The National Tree Planting Initiative is aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and represents a tree being planted for every Jamaican.
Prime Minister Holness announced the plan as he asserted that the Government remains committed to the reduction of the erosion of watersheds and the attendant impact on coastal ecosystems.
He gave the details as he delivered Jamaica’s Policy statement at the General Debate 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Friday, September 20.
“Jamaica and other Caribbean islands have the first-hand experience of the increase in the intensity of hurricanes as well as intermittent increased rainfall and extended periods of droughts. These adverse weather events have resulted in major economic losses and dislocation across the region,” Mr Holness said.
The Prime Minister in the policy speech continued his focus on climate change, a theme and issue he has been commenting on at various UN functions since Monday.