Friday 30 October, 2020

THA plants 2,500 trees along Tobago's north-east coastline

Photo courtesy the THA.

Photo courtesy the THA.

The Tobago House of Assembly's (THA) Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) said a total of 2,500 trees were planted along Tobago's north-east coastline over the past couple years. 

In a statement, the Division said the venture was done alongside the Environment Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC) and the Louis D'or Rising Star community group.

'2500 STRONG – this is the number of additional trees earmarked for planting by environmental partners to bolster the coastline in North East Tobago.'

The THA said last Thursday (August 20) they completed the venture, which involves the planting of coastal trees.

'Last Thursday, the Environment Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC), the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) and the Louis D’or Rising Star community group brought the curtain down on this tree planting initiative which commenced mid 2019; the target? Achieved – 1250 last year & 1250 this year.'

'Compared to the harder measures, tree planting is one of the best ways to protect our beaches, villages and coastlines from erosion and destruction. Coastlines in NE Tobago in particular are extremely important, as they aid in the protection of infrastructure; provide a wide array of recreational and leisure activities for domestic and international tourism; and a habitat for many marine life and wildlife.'

The Divisions said the trees, which consist of sea grapes, seaside mahoe, almong and coconut will assist in protecing the coastline and are able to withstand salinity of the soil and water. 

'Protecting Tobago’s environment – it’s the gift that will continue to give.' 

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