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12 March 2015

Two Million trees planted in Uganda thanks to Welsh Government funding

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM, has welcomed the news that two million trees have been planted in Uganda thanks to funding from the Welsh Government through the environmental project Size of Wales.

The initial target to plant one million trees was reached in January 2014 when the First Minister planted the millionth tree in Mbale, Uganda. After reaching that milestone the target was extended to planting 10 million trees in total. 

The above images show the one millionth tree being planted, and it's progress one year on. 

The Size of Wales project is a unique Welsh initiative that is helping to protect and sustain an area of rainforest the size of Wales as part of our national response to climate change. As part of the project a tree is planted in Uganda for every child born or adopted in Wales.

The First Minister Said:

 

“I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved in planting two million trees in Uganda.


“The trees being planted not only help restock areas where swathes of land have been damaged through deforestation, but also gives people sustainable jobs while helping to protect the environment for everyone in the future.


“The threat of climate change is greatest for the most vulnerable in our society and we are aware of the very real human impact beyond our borders. Tackling social vulnerability is at the heart of our approach to climate change and underpins our work internationally with partners.


“An ambitious target has been set to plant ten million trees in Uganda and I’m sure that’s achievable. It’s great to see this project go from strength to strength, especially as I have seen first-hand the benefits it brings to local communities.”