Ossu, 27 April 2019
The “One citizen, one tree” initiative, develop by the Presidency of the Republic in several municipalities and administrative posts, was launched in the municipality of Viqueque by President Francisco Guterres Lú Olo, accompanied by his wife Cidália Nobre Guterres.
According to the Head of State, this initiative is aimed at raising awareness of and educating citizens about the importance of tree-planting. Cutting trees to burn is a common practice, but only few are aware of the advantages of (re-)afforestation.
‘The President of the Republic has realised that nowadays it’s important that citizens are aware of the importance of trees, in addition to their use in cooking. Trees offer us shadow, to our children and grandchildren. Trees prevent soil erosion and contribute to water preservation,’ the Head of State explained, but acknowledged that trees are chopped down to meet basic needs.
‘We must protect, we most promote. We must protect the environment to protect our children’s and grandchildren’s future.’
On this occasion, the President of the Republic invited citizens to plant trees to make Timor-Leste a greener and more fertile country.
On 26 April, the Head of State together with the local authorities and communities planted trees such as mahogany, ai-portugal, and acacia trees, among others.
The activity was welcomed with enthusiasm and was also attended by the Chief of the Civil House Francisco Maria de Vasconcelos and the Chief of the Military House Mau Kalo, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Minister of Social Solidarity, and authorities from the municipality and administrative posts.