A local youth-led organisation in Somalia which is working under the vision of “Make Somalia Green” has launched a tree planting project in the capital of Mogadishu. During the inauguration ceremony, Dr Mohamed Abdullahi Buule, founder of the project, expressed his commitments to ensure that youth are working to build a better Somali.
“The Association works on two main levels within the tree planting project, first it engages with the community as a whole through sensitization and meetings with local youth,” he said.
This project is expected to help communities build their knowledge about their local environment by sensitizing local workshops for the youth, and other members of the community and it will provide leadership and community service experience to young people in the environmental sector.
“Secondly, volunteers will plant fruit and other lucrative trees on the hill sites and flatlands that have been degenerated within our communities of operation. The planting activity takes place during the rainy season and generally occurs three times a week,” he added.
“During the tree planting, SGPA volunteers link with local community youth and leaders to seek the best areas where trees can be planted and to ensure that these trees will be cared for”.
This tree planting project will engage the community through sensitisation meetings that discuss the importance of trees to provide protection from strong winds and rain and to prevent soil erosion. SOGPA’s volunteers will work with the local community to seek the best and most appropriate areas fir planting trees to ensure they are cared for. They then plant trees with an awareness of what trees could potentially be lucrative for the community and could tackle issues such as food insecurity.
The project will build knowledge about the environment and combat soil erosion.