The Minister for Forests Hon. Osea Naiqamu launched the Dogoru tree-planting partnership with the Fiji Development Bank and Yavusa Sauniduna in Macuata yesterday.

Minister Naiqamu applauded the two entities for supporting Fiji’s national tree-planting initiative.

He said the Government was on a renewed national drive to plant more trees to address several critically important issues.

“This is being done to protect our natural environment and rich biodiversity to meet national goals and deliver our international obligations,” Minister Naiqamu said.

“The Government through the Ministry of Forestry is currently working on our Emissions Reduction Programme to enable Fiji to apply for the carbon funds and even trade carbon.”

Minister Naiqamu said since the launching of the ‘Four Million Trees in Four Year’ initiative this year, the Ministry has managed to plant almost 154,000 seedlings within 352 hectares.

“This includes close to 84,000 seedlings in the Northern Division, 34,000 in the Central/Eastern Division and 36,000 in the Western Division,” he said.

“The millions of trees we will plant will reduce soil erosion and siltation and this will definitely offset some of our carbon output and ultimately contribute towards reducing the impact of climate change.”

He added that Fiji will continue to play a leading role in the world in addressing climate change and building resilient communities.

“As a nation, we all have a collective responsibility to explore avenues to address climate change because climate change will affect all of us.”