Antigua & Barbuda, officially kicked-off the Caribbean Tree Planting Project on Saturday 22 February, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium headed by the project’s chairman, CARICOM Youth Ambassador Mr. Lyle Jackson.
The opening ceremony was concluded with a groundbreaking tree planting exercise, involving members of the National Youth Ambassadors Corps of Antigua & Barbuda, the Department of Environment, the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda, the Antigua & Barbuda National Cadet Corps, the Management and Staff of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, The National Youth Council of Antigua & Barbuda, and senior personnel from the Ministries of Agriculture, and Sports.
The project which is a CARICOM objective, is organized by the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance (CariPhil Alliance), and will take place within all of the CARICOM territories, and aims to plant 1,000,000 (one million) trees around the region collectively.
Antigua & Barbuda is the first CARICOM territory to officially launch its national project, and has pledged to do its party by planting 20,000 trees, by June of this year, and will continue thereafter to help meet the regional goal. The project will include coordinating with private and public organizations, and youth leaders, to assist in contributing to the partial fulfillment of SDGs 13 & 15: Climate Action, and Life on Land.
The project which is now underway is supported by the Department of Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development, Youth and Gender Affairs.