Dominica joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of Forests, today March 21st, 2022 under the theme for this year’s celebration is “Forests and sustainable production and consumption.”; a timely reminder of the importance of the sustainable use of our Forest.
Dominica boasts of an over 60% vegetative cover, perhaps the greatest percentage of Protected Areas (21%) in our hemisphere and a forest ecosystem which has proven itself to be both relevant and resilient.
In his address for International Day of Forests Minister for the environment, Cozier Frederick highlighted the importance of Dominica’s forests and ecosystems within.
Dominica’s forests provide a variety of functions for the including tourism development, watershed protection, wildlife conservation, charcoal and lumber production, non-timber products and mitigating against climate change among others.
The environment minister went on to note several potential opportunities set out by the forestry and wildlife division for further sustainable use of Dominica’s forests.
Minister for the environment, Cozier Frederick
Among activities planned for the day’s observance, the Division engaged in reforestation activities under the UNDP “Strengthening of the Livelihood and Resilience in the Kalinago Territory” project in the following Primary schools – Atkinson, Sineku, Salybia and Concord as part of the ongoing National Reforestation Program.