Farmer-herder conflicts: Plateau to fight climate drivers through tree planting

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The Plateau State government will next week Friday plant trees at strategic locations to fight the effects of climate change on the environment.

This is essentially to prevent further conflicts between farmers and herders over agricultural land, Director General, Plateau Peace Building Agency, Joseph Lengmang told newsmen, Tuesday.

The climate change according to him has caused land degradation, desertification and destruction of stock routes, increasing competition on available land resources.

“The animosity between farmers and herders as witnessed today is caused by climate change.

“Climate change has changed our lives, and is reflecting in the way we invest in buildings, how new farmlands are emerging, how stock routes have been destroyed over the years,” Lengmang said.

The tree planting project he said is in line with the 2019 World Peace Day theme – “Climate Action for Peace”.

It will be preceded on the 16th of September 2019 with a peace media advocacy – an engagement with partners of the PPBA to sensitize citizens on efforts of government in peace building.

On 17th September 2019, there will be Peace Walk in Jos to foster unity among different ethnic groups in Plateau.

On 18th September, there will be peace engagements in segregated communities in Jos – Jos Jarawa, Abattoir Dogon Karfe, and Bukuru Gyel.

On 19th, there will be Unity and Peace Discourse to discuss healing, forgiveness and reconciliation.

On the World Peace Day which is Saturday 21st after the tree planting of 20th September, there will be Conflict and Peace building engagement in Meyango, Bassa LGA of the state.

All activities lined up for the WPD celebration aim to promote healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in the drive for peace and security in the State, said the PPBA boss.

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