Planet Aid-Supported Project in the DRC Wins Energy Globe Award

A Planet Aid-supported tree planting initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the prestigious Energy Globe Award, which honors projects that conserve resources or utilize renewable or emission-free sources.

Planet Aid’s sister organization HPP-Congo launched the green initiative in 2013 with the ultimate goal of planting 1 million trees in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 60 staff members and volunteers tasked with carrying out the project have already planted 380,000 trees in the Kinshasa, Bas-Congo, and Équateur provinces.

The Energy Globe Award is presented annually to one environmental project in each of the 177 participating countries, and HPP-Congo was selected for its achievements among more than 1,500 total project entries.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the second largest tropical rainforested-area in the world, but increased logging and agriculture activity has resulted in deforestation of the region.

HPP-Congo plans to plant 40,000 more trees in the municipality of Mbankana with the help of students and graduates from HPP-Congo’s teacher training college. These current and future teachers are being taught how to integrate environmental protection lessons into the curriculum in 17 primary schools throughout the region. 

Similar tree planting initiatives are being implemented by an additional 13 sister organizations of Planet Aid, all in different countries throughout the world. 

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