UN: Community police help reforest Timor-Leste

Date: 29 Jul 2009

The UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) is one of 11 UN
missions participating in the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign. Led by Community
Police officers from the UN and national police service, more than
2,500 native trees have so far been planted in seven districts across
the country. Tree species include tamarind, guava, mango, orange,
cloves, cinnamon, coffee, bougainvillea, mahogany and casuarina among
others “This is a lesson for everyone, and especially for people in
our village,” said village leader Adelino de Araujo from Ainaro
District. “The trees will protect us. They will give shade to people
and help avoid erosion.”

The involvement of community police in this activity has being
recognized by UN Headquarters through a certificate sent by UNEP
Director Achim Steiner thanking UNMIT for its participation in this
vital activity.

Community Police Team Leader Premalal Liyanarachchi believes that not
only did the activity promote public awareness of environmental
issues, but that it “helped to foster positive public perceptions
about the role of community police.” Riding on the success of the
tree planting, community police officers have pledged to plant
additional trees in Dili District. Worldwide, more than 4 billion
trees have so far been planted keeping UNEP on track to reach its 7
billion target by the end of 2009.

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