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Nadi To Project Greener Image Through Strategic Placement Of Trees

Many do not realise that the cutting down of trees ac­celerates the effect of cli­mate change in the urban areas. ELTECH (Fiji) Limited general manager Kinijioji Vuki officiated at the
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Nadi To Project Greener Image Through Strategic Placement Of Trees
Nadi special administrator Robin Ali, chief guest ELTECH (Fiji) Limited general manager George Vuki and Nadi Special School Academic II student Alesi Raluve during the International Day of Forest in Nadi yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Many do not realise that the cutting down of trees ac­celerates the effect of cli­mate change in the urban areas.

ELTECH (Fiji) Limited general manager Kinijioji Vuki officiated at the International Day of Forests celebration at Koroivolu Park in Nadi yesterday.

He said, “forest and trees store carbon, which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change in and around urban areas”.

“Strategic placement of trees in urban areas can cool the air by up to 8 degrees Celsius, reducing air condition needs by 30 per cent. Ur­ban trees are excellent air filters, removing harmful pollutants in the air and fine particulates.

He added the launch in Nadi was a stepping stone in the efforts to cre­ate our, “soon to be “newly declared city of Nadi to be a greener, healthi­er and happier place to live in.

“Nadi is the gateway to our coun­try so it is our duty as citizens of Nadi to create its greener image to the world,” he said.

“We are frequently being remind­ed by nature during heavy rain, of our duties to restore our forest when our town becomes flooded.”

He challenged school students, ratepayers, general citizens of Nadi and representatives of va­nua o Nadi, NGO’s Business houses and the public at large to use the celebration as a platform to raise awareness and continue with plant­ing of trees to sustain and protect us.

This year’s theme is ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities’. Our mandate is to make our cities greener, healthi­er and happier places to live in!

Nadi Special School Academic II student Alesi Raluve said, “let’s all work together to keep our city, our forest greener, healthier and hap­pier places for living”.

The student and stakeholders planted more than 160 trees in Nadi including the Koroivolu Park and on the Nadi riverbank.

Meanwhile, in similar fashion stakeholders in Sigatoka also marked the event in Sigatoka town with the business community, in­cluding taxi operators, market ven­dors, Banks, Jacks Fiji, ratepayers and all council staff.

Sigatoka Town Council chief exec­utive officer Tulsi Ram encouraged their staff to take part in this event.

Edited by Percy Kean

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