The Ministry of Agriculture will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development to re-establish green spaces in capital city Kingstown.
Minister of Urban Development Benarva Browne, speaking on WE FM’s Issue At Hand program said that the re-establishing of green spaces, and the planting of trees is one of the surest ways of combatting the harsh effects of increased heat.
“Generally the establishment of green spaces and the planting of trees is one of the surest ways to deal with heat island effect or the impacts of heat. It is part of the budget, there is allocation for the development of open spaces and the redevelopment of green spaces in town or areas that had trees, where because of the uses of automobiles and other human interventions, they have been degraded, so we are going to be looking re-establishing these and adding some green to Kingstown.
This would be in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to guide us in terms of the selection of plants and trees to use within the urban areas,” the Urban Development Minister said.
Minister Browne said that consulting with the Ministry of Agriculture will ensure that the trees planted in Kingstown will be suitable for the urban setting.