Catholic Diocese in Nigeria to “fight desert encroachment” in Tree Planting Initiative

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza during the launch of the Green Revolution Tree Campaign in Yola Diocese. Credit: Yola Diocese

The leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Yola in Nigeria has launched a campaign to plant thousands of trees aimed at addressing the “desert encroachment” and other related challenges.

“Yola Diocese will plant twenty thousand (20,000) trees which will help to fight desert encroachment, climate change and will help in afforestation,” Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza said Wednesday, July 19 during the launch of the Green Revolution Tree Campaign in his Episcopal See.

Bishop Mamza added, “The initiative is aimed at reducing erosion, mitigating climate impacts and increasing awareness of the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change.”

“Trees and forests play an important role in ensuring we have a healthy planet, prevent pollution, and mitigate the impacts of climate change, especially desertification as we are close to the borderline of the Sahara Desert which is part of Borno State and our neighbors in Cameroon Republic,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop said during the event that was held at St. Peter's Minor Seminary Yola. 

He called on the people of God in his Episcopal See to “embark on strategic tree planting as an important way to contribute to a greener and cleaner world.”


Bishop Mamza underscored the value of the tree planting campaign, saying that it will be replicated in all Parishes and Catholic Institutions of the Nigerian Diocese.

He encouraged Christians to join the campaign, which he said will be an annual event for the next five years.

Abah Anthony John contributed in the writing of this story