World Environment Day: MRC Addu Branch plants 220 trees

MRC Addu Branch volunteers planting trees in Hithadhoo on the occasion of World Environment Day. | Photo: MRC Addu Branch

Addu City, Maldives — On the occasion of World Environment Day, the Maldivian Red Crescent Branch for Addu City has planted 220 trees in the populous Hithadhoo.

The Migrant volunteers of Red Crescent have planted 110 palm trees and 110 fish poison trees in the bushy area near the flats of Hithadhoo to mark World Environment Day.

The MRC branch of Addu City stated that they aim to be a part of the City Council’s program to plant 100,000 palm trees by planting 500 palm trees in the city.

Speaking on the occasion of World Environment Day, The President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated that this might be the last generation to have a go at protecting Maldives from climate change, therefore everyone must ensure that their actions do not damage the existing ecosystems.

The President further noted some of the measures taken by Maldives to fight against climate change and damages to the environment. He stated that Maldives has 73 areas protected by the law of which 13 percent of reefs are included. 

He also added that the Maldives is currently working towards protecting 20 percent of the Maldivian oceans and connected areas by 2030 in order to preserve the Maldivian ecosystems. In addition to this, President Solih noted that by 2030, 30 percent of global oceans will be protected in association with Global Ocean Alliance.