The Fiji Department of Forestry today received new sets of planting equipment from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to support and expand the Fiji One Million Trees Initiative. The One Million Trees Initiative initiated earlier this year has so far planted 278,000 trees with the support of local communities throughout Fiji and and has also generated a lot of interest from local and international Non Government Organizations based in Fiji. IUCN has also been part of this initiative assisting to plant indigenous plants in the Suva area.
“We are truly grateful to IUCN for their contribution towards this initiative” said Mr. Pita Rokobiau, the Principal Forestry Officer of the Department of Forestry when officially handed the working tools this afternoon.
“We are indeed in need of extra tools to assist us with our nationwide campaign and this contribution will surely boost our efforts”
IUCN supports Fiji’s efforts to improve environmental conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are glad to see that the Government is taking a lead role in the country as well as in the region in implementing an initiative such as this – to support local people, sustain our livelihoods and make a contribution to reducing global greehouse gas emissions ” says Mr. Bernard O’Callaghan, Programme Coordinator of IUCN’s Regional Office for Oceania.