Share BusinessLocalNews NBD Kicks Off One Million Hours of Tree Planting by: – October 23, 2013 Share On Saturday, October 19th, the National Bank of Dominica Limited kicked off the planting phase of the One Million Hour Tree Planting Project. Over 50 staff members came out to plant trees along the Canefield Highway. The group was joined by employees of Generation of Opportunities, The Canefield Urban Council, Clear Habour, The Forestry Division and Mac’s Plant Nursery.The tree planting project started at the Canefield airport entrance and moved south to NAPA. The One Million Hour Tree Planting Project was the brain-child of Generation of Opportunities (GO) and is being implemented under the GEF Small Grant Programme in partnership with other corporate sponsors. Like the name suggests, the project aims to achieve one million man hours of planting trees, shrubs and flowers in communities around Dominica. This will help prevent soil erosion and protect against the negative effects of climate change, while generally beautifying the island.NBD is a gold sponsor and is the first group to plant under this project since the launch one year earlier, in October 2012. Last Saturday’s planting project contributed the first 172 hours towards the one million hours.Maureen Lander White, head of NBD Staff Activities said that “[they] hoped to set the tone for the upcoming Community Day of Service and create a welcoming environment for visitors and residents of Canefield.” She noted that “NBD had committed to adopt the area from Donkey Beach entrance to the Canefield Airport entrance and in collaboration with the Canefield Urban Council will take up the responsibility, of maintaining the area.”Suzanne Joseph- Piper, Executive Manager for Marketing at NBD said that “the Bank is elated to have come on board with this project. We expect that if the project is executed as planned, it will not only assist in preserving our environment, but also in protecting our country’s brand, which will allow us to build Dominica as a top tourist destination and a beautiful place for us all to live in”. Founder of Generation of Opportunities, Rhoda St. John, thanked NBD for taking the lead in this phase of the project and setting the momentum for other groups to follow. “We are grateful for your (NBD’s) commitment in seeing that the project meets its objectives.” Miss St. John also thanked Josephine Gabriel and Company and Miniya’s for providing (Trois Piton) water to the group. Most of all she thanked GEF Small Grant programme for seeing the need of this project and support to the programme as well as all other sponsors. 19 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring!