His excellency the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote officiated at the World Forest Day celebration.
The day was marked and celebrated in the Sigatoka Valley with school children and community members taking part in tree planting together with the President, to commemorate the day.
The tree planting programs in schools and communities across the country is in line with the Ministry of Forest’s initiative.
The tree planting program is only the start of the commitment to the start of planting four million trees in four years, as part of the effort in building a greener, a more climate resilient society and a more beautiful Fiji. That program was acknowledged and also celebrated today with the World Forest Day here in Sigatoka Valley.
With the attitude towards forest changing over generations, the natural balance of sustainability between people and forest has been shaken as a result.
His excellency the president adds, only recently people have begun to realise that the bounty forests is not infinite. Hence the need for one to be taught the importance of forest from a young age.
Forest in Fiji are home to rare species some of which are unique in Fiji, provides shade to water sheds, and combats the effects of global warming.