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Vatutu Village part of the tree-planting strategy

The minister said the ministry hoped to replicate the partnership approach with many other organisations and communities to achieve its goal.
05 May 2019 11:54
Vatutu Village part of the tree-planting strategy

The Ministry of Forestry will be able to achieve its goal of planting four million trees in four years through partnership.

This was the comment by Minister of Forestry Osea Naiqamu during the Launching of the “Four Million Trees in Four Years” Initiative in partnership with Fiji Development Bank at Vatutu Village in Nawaka at Nadi yesterday.

The minister said the ministry hoped to replicate the partnership approach with many other organisations and communities to achieve its goal.

“Together with the iTaukei Affairs Board, we launched our first tree-planting partnership in the Central Division in Silana Village, Tailevu, in February this year,” said Mr Naiqamu.

“I thank the FDB for adopting Vatutu Village as part of the strategy to focus on One Village, One Region at a Time.”

Mr Naiqamu said that the national initiative to plant more trees aimed to address several critical issues.

“The initiative of planting more trees will enable Fiji to continue our leadership role in fighting against climate change and protecting our environment and rich biodiversity,” he said.

“The millions of trees we will plant will reduce soil erosion and siltation and offset some of our carbon output.”

Minister of Forestry Osea Naiqamu with Fiji Development Bank General Manager Relationship & Sales, Shaukat Ali, forestry staff and Vatutu villagers during the launching of the “Four Million Trees in Four Years” Initiative in partnership with FDB at Vatutu Village in Nawaka at Nadi yesterday.   Photo: Mereleki Nai

Minister of Forestry Osea Naiqamu with Fiji Development Bank General Manager Relationship & Sales, Shaukat Ali, forestry staff and Vatutu villagers during the launching of the “Four Million Trees in Four Years” Initiative in partnership with FDB at Vatutu Village in Nawaka at Nadi yesterday. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The minister conveyed his sincere appreciation to the FDB and the people of Vatutu.

FDB General Manager Relationship & Sales Shaukat Ali said in February the bank’s partnership with the Ministry of Forestry and I-Taukei Affairs Board resulted in FDB becoming the first financial institution to enter into a MoU with the ministry to commit to the Four Million Trees in Four Years reforestation initiative.

He said FDB was committed to collaborating with its partners to support reforestation in areas that fell in their branches’ geographic footprint across Fiji.

Mr Ali acknowledged the elders and people of Vatutu and hoped for a beneficial long-term partnership with them.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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