International Year of Forest ends on a high
April 20, 2012 1:36 am
Today marks the end of the International Year of Forests.
In a function to celebrate the occasion, Chief Guest Karl Kirsch-Jung the REDD+ Program Director and Senior Advisor praised Fiji’s efforts in ensuring a greener environment.
Roland Koroi is in Colo-I-Suva and files this report:
Chief Guest Kirsch-Jung highlighted Fiji’s plant a million trees campaign, saying it has set the standard for other Pacific Island nations to follow suit and ensure not only a better environment, but a better future for future generations.
Kirsch-Jung has encouraged stakeholders in the country as well as the public to continue their efforts in the planting of more trees to safeguard the many different species that are endemic to Fiji.
A call supported by Agriculture Minister Joketani Cokanasiga who was also present at the function.
The celebrations also marked the unveiling of the International Year of Forests Plaque at Colo-I-Suva and the cutting of the ribbon to enter the IFOF 2011 Trail.
Cokanasiga echoed Kirsch-Jung’s call for everyone to come together and continue the drive towards making Fiji greener.
In the 365 days marking the IYOF, Fiji has recorded a total of 4million trees planted, surpassing the initial goal of a million by a whopping 3million.
This number is expected to increase further as promised by the Agriculture Minister.