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Belarusian MPs busy planting trees as part of Forest Week 2018 campaign

Society 20.04.2018 | 19:05
Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus
Photo courtesy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus

MINSK, 20 April (BelTA) – Belarusian parliamentarians have planted three hectares of young pine and birch trees in Logoisk District, Minsk Oblast as part of the nationwide campaign Forest Week 2018, BelTA has learned.

Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Boleslav Pirshtuk and other MPs, employees of the secretariat of the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament — over 60 people in total — took part in the nationwide campaign.

This year's campaign is dedicated to the Year of Native Land and to restoring forests damaged by pests in 2017. The MPs planted new trees mostly in areas most affected by the pests.

Taking part in tree-planting campaigns has become a good tradition for Belarusian MPs and the secretariat. They have planted over 49ha of forests over the course of 11 years. “Trees planted in the past have taken root. They grow stronger, multiplying the country's forest riches,” noted representatives of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus. “It is always pleasant to do good, to create things, particularly when you understand that you don't do it for yourself but primarily for children and grandchildren because trees take a long time to grow.”

The Forest Week 2018 campaign will last through 21 April. Its main purpose is to encourage wise attitudes to forests as a national treasure and to get members of the general public involved in the accomplishment of tasks of national importance. “Our forests represent more than a gift of nature. They represent the result of hard work on the part of wood growers, who deserve respect and honor. The campaign gives people an opportunity to get to know the forestry industry better and to learn what efforts forest planting and forest preservation require. In the end the work will benefit Belarusian forests and future generations,” stressed the source.

The number of Belarusians, who take part in tree planting campaigns, grows higher every year. In 2016 some 81,000 people joined in the campaign. In 2017 their number reached 82,500.

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