On Saturday, Morocco's High Commissioner for Water and Forests and the Fight Against Desertification (HCEFLCD), Abdeladim Lhafi, launched a national initiative to plant over one million trees in a single day, in over 210 areas across the country
"I plant a tree in my territory to develop the forest of my country"
The project under the Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, was announced in the town of Jbilat in the province of Rhamna (Azib Sidi Bouathmane) in the presence of the Governor of the province, Farid Chourak. The event was launched with the theme "I plant a tree in my territory to develop the forest of my country".
The national reforestation campaign 2016 will involve the planting of more than 40 million seedlings over an area of 45,000 to 50,000 ha. The previous reforestation program annually increased forest cover by 1% between 1990 and 2000 and by 2% between 2000 and 2010.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Morocco is among the 25 countries that have reversed the trend of degradation of their forest ecosystems.