In 2019 the Ministry of Agriculture has launched a plantation program aimed at creating incentive support and a legal environment that can increase the size of the country’s wooded areas through cooperation between municipalities, individuals and state actors.

Collaboration is particularly important as the role of forestry in fighting climate change is significant.

Domestic forests absorb 4-5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which currently offsets 7-8 per cent of national emissions. The State Secretary of Agriculture stated that they support state forest holdings planting more than 550 hectares of new forest on their territories, using two million saplings and nearly 100 tons of acorns. The

The program starts early November 2019 and runs until April 2020, and 86 municipalities nationwide will participate in it.

Attila Szinay, State Secretary for Public Administration, László Papp, Mayor of Debrecen and Lajos Juhász, Deputy General Manager of Nyírerdő Nyírség Forestry Co., planted three trees symbolically in Debrecen to express the city’s participation in the program.

László Papp, the Mayor of Debrecen, said that in the coming period, tens of thousands of trees would be planted in the city, and greater attention would also be paid to green and sustainable development.

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