Tree Planting Campaign in Mtskheta Municipality on March 23, 2021
On March 23, 2021, in the frames of Keep Georgia Tidy Project, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis” organized a tree planting campaign in Tsilkani Village, Mtskheta Municipality.
For this event, GSNE “Orchis” purchased 10 Pomgranat, Himalayan Cedar 4, Ipani ( Fraxinus excelsior) 10, 20 Caucasian Pine and 10 seedlings of Georgian Almond from Georgian Seedlings Ltd.
These 54 seedlings of the native species were planted in the yard of the public school of Tsilkani Village. Majoritarian MP Mr. Tedo Kakhniashvili, reprezentativ of City Hall Mr. Ramaz Andriashvili, The Director of the public school Mrs. Maia Tskhvedianidze, representatives of the school administration, teachers and students participated in the tree planting campaign together with the GSNE “Orchis”. It should be mentioned that some of the students of Tsilkani public school are IDPs.
All rules and restrictions, including the maintenance of social distancing and other limiting measures established by the Government of Georgia due to the pandemic were fully considered during the tree planting campaign in Tsilkani public school of Mtskheta Municipality.
In general, the greenery planting campaigns that have been carried out in the frames of the Keep Georgia Tidy Project to restore vegetation, forests and habitats facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs cover wide range of issues and address interrelated elements of the sustainable development: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. In this context, the measures for the protection, conservation, prevention of degradation and restoration of biodiversity are essential components of the sustainable development and accomplishment of the SDGs, which could be mainly achieved through the maintenance of diverse and key ecosystem services offered by the biodiversity.
Generally, biorestoration and tree planting activities are one of the most effective instruments for the reduction of climate change. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, one of the major climate change contributors, and thus diminish its concentration in the atmosphere and respectively the rate of climate change. That’s why all over the world environmentalists (and not only) pay particular attention to the restoration of forests in terms of combating climate change, and that’s why the tree planting and reforestation / afforestation activates can bring particular benefits.
Keep Georgia Tidy Project is being implemented by the NGO Consortium: Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis”, Keep Georgia Tidy and Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth Georgia through funding of the Government of Sweden, with support of Georgian Ministries of Environmental Protection & Agriculture, Regional Development & Infrastructure, Economy & Sustainable Development, and Education, Science, Culture & Sport, and in cooperation with the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia and Environmental information & Education Centre.