PLANTATION DESTROYS THE NATURE
By: Sthembile Shabalala
More than 40 representatives from the Indigenous People’s Organisation came in numbers to say no to the plantation of trees at the Blue Waters Hotel on Friday.
Global Forest Coalition (GFC) highlighted the need for government to provide policy support for indigenous communities to conserve forests and other ecosystems that form part of their
GFS believes that the plantation of trees could give a major push to the timber and biofuel industry, leading to a growth in industrial monoculture trees plantation.
“The main problem that is faced by the fake trees is that they replace real forests directly causing deforestation, because these fake trees are incapable of doing the things real trees
do,” said Simone Lovera an executive director of Global Forest Coalition.
The mission of the campaign is to encourage people to keep the real forest and trees because they purify air, provide water and shelter to many species, medicine and food for other
It also aims at teaching the communities about how they can conserve forests and threats they face from plantation.
Philip Owen, a national coordinator who represents GeaSphere in Mpumalanga forestry sector, emphasized that the communities must work together with the government to fight
against the indigenous plants.
“It is saddening how the community is not aware on how they are destroying the real trees because these trees supply us with water which is a need. We are asking the communities to
think about environmental issues they are facing.
Soil erosion and illegal mining are issues that contribute to destroying the nature. People need
to be aware of the negative impacts that the product they use have on the nature,” said Owen.