On 21st October 2021, in the frames of Keep Georgia Tidy Project, Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis” organized a tree planting campaign in the yard of Public School #2 of Kareli City. GSNE “Orchis” purchased 30 seedlings of Caucasian pine, 5 seedlings of Georgian almond and 5 seedlings of common walnut from Georgian Seedlings Ltd for this event.
These 40 seedlings of the native species were planted in the yard of Public School #2 of Kareli City. The Director Mrs. Lia Kipiani, teachers and students of the school participated in the tree planting campaign together with the representatives of GSNE “Orchis”.
The school yard gardening campaign was arranged in full compliance with the rules and restrictions established by the Government of Georgia due to the pandemic situation, including the maintenance of social distancing and other legal limitations.
In overall, the landscape gardening campaigns as well as activities carried out to restore vegetation, forest and habitats in the frames of the Keep Georgia Tidy Project facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs cover wide range of issues and address crosscutting components 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 multiple and key ecosystem services offered by the biodiversity.
Generally, biorestoration and tree planting measures are among the most effective instruments for climate change mitigation. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, one of the major climate change contributors, and thus reduce its concentration in the atmosphere and respectively the level of climate change. That’s why global environment protection society (and not only they) pay particular attention to forest restoration in the context 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 Georgian Society of Nature Explorers “Orchis”, through funding of the Government of Sweden, with support of Georgian Ministries of Environmental Protection & Agriculture, Regional Development & Infrastructure, Economy & Sustainable Development, Education & Science, and Culture & Sport, and in cooperation with the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia and Environmental Information & Education Centre.