KNP LIFTS THE SPIRIT OF ARBOR WEEK WITH CHURCHES
The Kruger National Park (KNP)’s Managing Executive, Abe Sibiya handed over 200 indigenous plants to various faith based structures today (2 September 2013) at the Living Waters Church in Mkhuhlu, as part of the Arbor Week celebrations.
“We saw it fit to engage the religious structures amongst others that are adjacent to the Park in greening our communities. This is as another way of promoting community based conservation initiatives amongst our stakeholders so that they can also play a meaningful role in the environmental conservation;” explained Sibiya.
Trees and grass planting at the Living Waters Church formed part of the day’s programme. The trees were not only meant to provide shade, soil protection, wind reduction and fresh air; but to also encourage churches that during their gatherings, pastors can also preach about the value of environment to the congregations.
“There is a tremendous opportunity for these structures to assist in getting the conservation message out there to the society during their regular worship gatherings;” concluded Sibiya.
Skukuza nursery, which has a wide selection of indigenous trees, donated about 600 tree species to the churches suitable for the weather conditions at the engaged regions. The celebrations in the KNP will continue throughout the Week, with planting of more trees at various churches in different communities bordering the Park.
On annual basis, the KNP as well as other National Parks participate in Arbor Week celebrations. The Park engages with community forums and other relevant committees to build capacity and assist local communities to come up with ideas, develop and implement sustainable greening projects in their communities.
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