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CARIB | Oct 3, 2022

Ambitious ‘1.4 million target’ set for 2022 Caribbean Tree Planting Week

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Select seedlings on the Caribbean island of Roatán, Honduras during the January 2021 stage of the Caribbean Tree Planting Project. (Photo: Facebook @CaribbeanTreePlantingProject)

This week is being celebrated regionally as Caribbean Tree Planting Week.

Since February 2020, the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance (CariPhilAlliance) and its network of partners have mobilised youth, community-based and non-governmental organisations across 22 Caribbean countries and territories to plant more than 1.4 million trees, through the Caribbean Tree Planting Project (CTPP).

These ongoing activities have inspired the Caribbean Tree Planting Week to be celebrated virtually from October 3 to 9.

The week’s events aim to build public awareness of the importance of planting trees – a critical part of the region’s environmental and cultural heritage.

(Photo: Facebook @CaribbeanTreePlantingProject)

At the same time, the week will reflect on how to achieve several of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015, especially the worst-performing SDGs in the Caribbean.

According to the 2020 SDG Report, these include SDG number two (Zero Hunger); SDG number six (Clean Water & Sanitation); SDG number eight (Decent Work & Economic Growth); SDG number nine (Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure); SDG #10 (Reducing Inequalities); SDG#11 (Sustainable Cities & Communities); SDG#14 (Life Below Water); SDG#15 (Life on Land); SDG#16 (Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions), among others.

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