Saturday 23 February 2019

President’s Hub urges creative solutions before uprooting trees

Authorities should carry out meaningful consultations with the affected communities before removing, savagely pruning or relocating trees in their locality, the National Hub for Ethnobotanical Research is urging

The hub, made up of a group of experts within the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, is very concerned by the disregard to trees in the quest for rapid urbanisation

“While replanting is a viable option, a number of trees die in the process. Consequently, the infrastructural changes that follow this rapid urbanisation are making many people feel disillusioned and helpless,” the Hub said in a statement

 It urged the authorities to seek more creative and ecologically respectful and sustainable solutions before uprooting old trees that have been gracing the island’s road for decade“     The loss of the natural environment has a direct impact on people’s wellbeing, and the inclusion of nature in new projects could significantly enhance the wellbeing of those living in those areas, while serving the natural environment itself,” it added

The Hub questioned whether the rapid urbanisation was sustainable, and if feasible alternatives were being considered as it urged authorities to consult with the communities being directly impacted before embarking on such project.

Moreover, it said, investing in creating “more nature”, and more gardens in urban spaces was not only environmentally conscientious, but also a long-term investment in the health of communities.

“As we read about and witness the loss of trees in urban areas, of small or larger gardens, we feel many are grieving the loss of    landscape. Architecture should help us feel  at home, give us a sense of place… Many of the new structures offer none of this, as we seem to forget we are living on a Mediterranean island, and with some planning, we can be living in a Mediterranean  garden

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