US Pledges $200,000 to Kabul Greening Week

Millions more to go to national reforestation

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 21, 2005
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- “I call on the youth of Afghanistan to take an interest in your country’s environment, and get involved in the greening of Afghanistan,” said Ambassador Khalilzad.
 
US Ambassador and Special Presidential Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad today announced that the United States had pledged $200,000 to the Afghan Conservation Corps (ACC) in support of Kabul Greening Week.  The Ambassador also announced his support for President Bush’s recent request to the US Congress for an additional $10 million for reforestation in Afghanistan. The Ambassador made the announcement at a tree planting ceremony held in front of Eid Gah Mosque at which President Karzai, and other dignitaries planted trees.
 
In addition to these funds, the Ambassador said that Senator Hilary Clinton (D-NY) had launched a campaign for a Green Afghanistan.  The program will add 80,000 trees to Afghan forests by developing family-owned orchards, nurseries, and forestry businesses.  Combined Forces Command Afghanistan (CFC-A) has also agreed to contribute 150,000 tree saplings to the Ministry of Defense for planting this spring.
 
“I call on the youth of Afghanistan to take an interest in your country’s environment, and get involved in the greening of Afghanistan,” said Ambassador Khalilzad.  “As the youth grow into a population of free men and women, we hope that the trees they plant and nurture will grow with them.” 

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