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Posted: Friday, June 1, 2018. 3:00 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  In celebrating 25 years of biodiversity, the Belize Forest Department is continuing its sustainable cities initiative by donating and pledging 1,000 trees to the San Ignacio Town Council.

During the Biodiversity Celebrations ceremony yesterday in the twin-towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, Mayor Earl Trapp, signed the partnership agreement with the Forest Department to build greener spaces within the municipality by 2020.

In his address, Trapp stressed the importance of building more sustainable municipalities and pinpointed this and several on-going sustainable cities initiatives that have taken shape over the last three years.

Trapp indicated that these smart, eco-friendly initiatives, such as the restoration of riverine areas, the establishment of ecological parks, home-gardening food projects, and the better management of solid waste were led primarily through partnerships with local schools, businesses, civil society entities, and individuals.

Omar Figueroa, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, was the first to plant the trees in the Falcon Field area.

Figueroa applauded the Town Council’s efforts to build San Ignacio and Santa Elena into greener communities.

The urban green-space initiative is part of the Forest Department’s Forest for Life campaign being promoted under the Key Biodiversity Areas project, aimed at promoting forest stewardship and building climate resilient communities.

Since its launch, the tree planting program has resulted in a partnership with the Belmopan City Council, the Orange Walk Town Council, and now the San Ignacio Town Council.

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