460,000 tree seedlings donated by UNEP

unep_logoThe United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) has donated 460 thousand seedlings to the Ministry of Agriculture in Central Equatoria State .

Speaking to Radio Miraya, the UNEP coordinator in South Sudan, Joseph Bartel, said there are 20 different species of seedlings including acacia, mango and teak. The seedlings are available to the public to plant around their homes and properties.

He added every household is expected to take 4 seedlings. A fenced school with a nearby water source is expected to plant 50 trees.

Last year 500,000 trees were planted in and around Juba, the capital of South Sudan as part of the "Keep Juba Green" campaign.

The campaign is part of United Nations commitment to plant one million trees across South Sudan between 2011 and 2012. The project is jointly implemented with Government of South Sudan

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