National Tree Planting Day in the Central African Republic Date in the current year: July 20, 2016

National Tree Planting Day in the Central African Republic The forests of the Central African Republic have been dramatically reduced during 20 years to provide the ground for charcoal production. In 2006 the government of the CAR introduced National Tree Planting Day, an annual event that would help restore forests of the CAR.

The problem of cutting trees is very acute in the Central African Republic. People often cut down trees unnecessarily, that's why the government had to start some project, that would help to overcome this problem. The idea of inaugurating National Tree Planting Day came up in 2006 and the very first event was held on July 22. Back then the government launched a mass tree-planting experiment 50 km north of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. About 50,000 hectares of land near the capital were zoned for planting trees and 4,000 residents from the nearby villages were involved.

Annually special lessons are taught at schools to educate children about the importance and value of trees. Tree planting activities are also held by schools and children learn how to plant the trees and how to take care of the seedlings.

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