The Rotaract clubs in Swaziland, in partnership with the Swaziland Environment Authority (SEA), and NEDBANK Swaziland, participated in the planting of over 1000 trees at Ezulwini area.
The exercise is part of the global initiative by United Nations Environment Programme, which encourages all sectors of society to engage in tree planting activities in a bid to save our planet from the environmental crisis.
In an effort to create awareness on the importance of land rehabilitation, enhancing biodiversity resources and at the same time address erratic climatic changes, the Rotaract clubs in Swaziland yielded to the call to plant trees (indigenous) which will also help address the issue of soil erosion and land degradation.
The Billion Tree Campaign - Plant for The Planet is Rotaract's D9250 project which was proposed to clubs by the DRR, Euridice Vicente in a meeting held in September in Maputo, Mozambique. All clubs present agreed to be part of this global initiative.
The project was launched officially on 28th February 2009 at Ezulwini, at the Ezulwini community school. Present during the official launch was the Minister of Tourism and Environment, Mr Macford Nsibandze. The trees were planted over two Saturdays at the same area.
Trees planted were provided by Mr. Msibi, who also briefly described the types of trees and the reasons why the selection was appropriate for the planting environment.