Japan and UNDP fund environmental project in Sao Tome and Principe

18 March 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 18 March – A pilot project for environmental protection is due to start this year in the north of the island of Sao Tome, the director general for the environment of Sao Tome and Principe said Wednesday.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, Arlindo Carvalho also said that the project would last for two years and was jointly funded by the Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

The project aims to transform the savannah in the Lobata district into an agricultural and forestry area and re-establish the district’s environmental balance, as it has been heavily affected by indiscriminate cutting down of trees by loggers.

“Recently, the Lobata region has seen its forests devastated and is a very sensitive area of the country because it is an important part of the savannah area,” said Carvalho.

The funds provided by the Japanese government and by the UNDP, of 2.7 million euros, will serve to finance local activities in the area, reforestation of the whole district and supply water both for agriculture and several rural communities. (macauhub)