Under the banner: Forests for Sustainable Cities, this year the Republic of Equatorial Guinea joined the commemoration of International Forest Day, which takes place every 21st March. The act was overseen by the Secretary of State, Charged with Forests and the Environment, Santiago Francisco Engonga.
Through political, economic and social actions, the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment, together with the FAO, officially released, on Monday 16th April, information on the National Investment Plan REDD+, committing to the fight against climate change since 2012.
In his speech, the Secretary of State pointed out the importance of looking at forest conservation and the environment, in general, and highlighted the fact that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea was defending its economic development model for the reduction of poverty.
The FAO representative at the ceremony, Ricardo Dominguez Llosa, said that “in 2012, the United Nations General Assembly, proclaimed 21st March as International Forest Day. The Republic of Equatorial Guinea has strengthened its economy in a sustainable manner, and values the multiple benefits of the Equatoguinean forest for the planet, through political, economic and social action led by the Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Forests and the Environment.
The aim of the act is to commemorate such an important day, and further strengthen the joint work between the FAO and the Government, to provide sustainable use for national forests and trees, for the benefit of future generations”.
During the day, the participants in the ceremony looked at the causes of degradation and deforestation in the forests of Equatorial Guinea, among other matters.
Finally, Dominguez Llosa thanked the Equatoguinean Government for the support and trust placed in the FAO as a key development partner.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea