The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has advised communities in Gombe State on the need to allocate land for tree planting within their communities to fight desertification.
Mr. Daniel Wuave, NESREA acting Director, North-East Zone, said in Gombe on Monday that the fight against desertification is a challenge that affects all.
Desertification is the continuous degradation of biological potentials of land which can lead ultimately to desert-like conditions.
Wuave said the tree planting initiative has become an imperative tool for communities in the state to fight desertification.
The acting zonal director noted that the increasing rate of tree felling in the state required massive efforts at community level to fight the menace of desertification.
He called on all communities to embrace tree planting initiative, as it take decades of concerted efforts to reverse the impacts of drought and desertification.
He also advised cooperate bodies and organisations in Gombe State to incorporate tree planting initiatives as part of their corporate social responsibility.