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President leads celebration of forests

Trees and forests have a profound impact on all of us, but we can sometimes take for granted how important our forests are in our daily lives. This was highlighted
22 Mar 2018 11:19
President leads celebration of forests
President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote officiated at the 2018 International Day of Forests held at Borron House by planting a tree along with the Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu (right) on March 21, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

Trees and forests have a profound impact on all of us, but we can sometimes take for granted how important our forests are in our daily lives.

This was highlighted by the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote, during the launch of the 2018 International Day of Forests at the Borron House in Suva, which is currently serving as the temporary State House while the traditional State House building is being renovated.

He said people should plant a few trees at the State House to promote the importance of forests, in addition to beautifying this national asset and heritage property.

“It is encouraging that many of us are able to join others in Fiji and around the world to raise awareness and celebrate the important role that forests play in making our countries greener, healthier, happier and a better place to live in and call home,’’ Mr Konrote said.

“Today is aimed at reminding ourselves on why we need trees, whose responsibility is it to plant and nurture trees, and who all benefit from these trees.

“Here in Fiji, for example, fruit trees such as breadfruit and green coconuts planted alongside the roads are often used for subsistence purposes and sold to pedestrians and commuters.

“Trees are a source of fuel wood energy to a few communities in our local towns and cities.”

Hilton Special School headgirl Seruwaia Marama hands a pot plant to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote before the launching of the 2018 International Day of Forests at Borron House on March 21, 2018.  Photo: DEPTFO News

Hilton Special School headgirl Seruwaia Marama hands a pot plant to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote before the launching of the 2018 International Day of Forests at Borron House on March 21, 2018. Photo: DEPTFO News

He said the Fijian Government, through the Ministry of Forests, encourages and supports sustainable wood processing business ventures.

“Fiji’s commitment is evident in our reforestation programme, which focuses on the replanting and protection of trees like dakua, vesi, damanu and mangroves as well as production trees like sandalwood, mahogany and pine.

“These efforts are boosting our carbon stocks and the resilience of our towns and cities through the provision of shade, cooler and cleaner air and accessing reliable and clean water sources.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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