Diko leader and presidential candidate Nikolas Papadopoulos announced on Saturday that, if elected, he would introduce the policy of planting a tree for every newborn.
Papadopoulos, who took part in a tree planting event at a park in Dasoupolis, Nicosia organised by the Green Party and the Strovolos municipality, said his proposed policy is aimed at promoting reforestation and growth of the island’s greenery.
“We will create tree parks across Cyprus, each family will have its own trees which they can take care of and watch them grow and give life, just as our children give life and hope to our country,” Papadopoulos said.
He also stressed the need to relaunch mass production programmes of endemic forest trees at state nurseries, and introduce incentives to reforest private property especially in the mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of the island.
Greens head Giorgos Perdikis welcomed Papadopoulos’ announcement of the ‘a tree for every new born’ programme, which would “reform the relationship of people with trees and nature”.
The Greens, which back Papadopoulos’ candidacy, said Saturday’s tree-planting event is part of their five-year campaign with a goal to plant at least 16,909 trees, “the votes we received in the parliamentary elections of 2016”.