'Makomoto Community Hosts the World Environment Day Commemoration”

Jun 30, 2017

In line with the United Nations’ campaign for encouraging global awareness and action for environment, Botswana joined the global community by commemorating the World Environment Day (WED) on the 5th June in the Makomoto, Central District. The theme for this year WED 2017 was, Connecting People to Nature. The event was hosted by the Global Empowerment Fund/Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) Implementing Partners- Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism(MENT) through the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). This event was of great significance to GEF/SGP Botswana as it was hosted at one of its new afforestation project sites run by the Makomoto Woodlands Conservation Trust. The Trust will work towards “reclaiming degraded land and empowering communities on the wise use of natural resources,” to curb the uncontrolled cutting down of Mophane trees for firewood sales by the community members.

The project site was officially opened by MENT Permanent Secretary- Jimmy Opelo, as Guest of Honour. Giving opening remarks Opelo stated “This Day reminds us of the abundant natural resources we have in Botswana and the need to both celebrate and conserve our resources.” Opelo encouraged community members at the event to interact with nature to appreciate its beauty and importance.  He implored stakeholders to actively participate in conservation efforts to ensure the country achieves its aspirations and the realization of the UN agenda 2030- Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal number 15.