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Staff of Ministry of Forests participate in nation-wide forestry awareness and education activities

Staff of Fiji’s Ministry of Forests spent the month of March implementing forest sector awareness and education activities in the lead up to the celebration of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The Minister for Forests, Honourable Osea Naiqamu officially launched the lead-up awareness and education activities at the Prefects investiture ceremony for Vunayasi District School, on 01 March at Dratabu Village, Nadi.

After the official launch of International Forest Day lead-up activities on 01 March, staff from the Central/Eastern, Western and Northern Forestry Divisions spent the next three-weeks carrying out awareness and education activities that included tree planting with students and teachers of primary and secondary schools in their divisions. The theme of this year’s International Day of Forests is Forests and Education and reports indicate that the efforts by school students, their teachers and staff of the Ministry of Forests resulted in almost 70,000 trees planted in the month of March as part of the lead up and to celebrate the International Day of Forest on 21 March 2019.

In addition to the activities related to the International Day of Forests, Forestry Department staff have also been engaged since the beginning of this year in tree-planting activities with local communities across the country. This tree-planting exercise with local communities, school students and teachers is all part of Fiji’s 4 Million Trees in 4 Years Campaign. The 4 Million Trees in 4 Years Campaign is part of the Fiji Government initiative recognising the important role of forest resources in providing economic benefits, environmental and ecological services, conservation of biodiversity and sustaining livelihoods. The 4 million tree initiative also demonstrates Fiji’s efforts in the fight against climate change and protecting her environment and rich biodiversity.

Source: REDD+ Fiji Social Media posts.