The UNDP Namibia staff members today planted five mango trees at the UN House. UNDP has received five mango seedlings from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry which have been donated to help in curbing deforestation. This is in line with the UN Greening the Blue initiative which advocates for the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP's values of respect for and conservation of the environment.
Additionally, this is also in line with the Namibian National Land-Use Planning Policy Document which stands for the protection and rehabilitation of natural environments, e.g. planting of indigenous trees and using alternative energy to reduce rates of deforestation and pollution. With the planting of these trees, we promote and attain SDG Goal 15 which aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Furthermore, SDG 15 aims to promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally. By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.