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Fiji Airways Plants 7,000 Mangroves in the Fight Against Climate Change

8 December 2018- Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline, today completed its pledge to plant a tree for every take-off. This year, the airline planted over 7,000 mangroves, with the final batch of planting taking place at Saweni Beach, Lautoka. This is the second year running for this environment initiative, with the airline planting over 5,500 trees in 2017.

Mr. Andre Viljoen, Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO said: “I’m extremely proud that we have been able to plant over 7,000 trees this year, honouring our commitment to plant a tree for every take-off. As an airline, we ae well aware of the carbon footprint of our business and our industry. We continue to take various measures to minimise waste and reduce our carbon footprint. Our narrow-body fleet upgrade, through the replacement of our Boeing 737NG with the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, will reduce our CO2 emissions by 14% per aircraft. And building on to that, the tree-planting by our staff will help not only help offset carbon emissions but also protect Fiji’s vital coastlines. Through these efforts, we are supporting the work of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Fijian Government in international fora.

Mangroves are really the unsung heroes of coastal habitats in the fight against climate change. Studies show that pound for pound, mangroves can sequester four times more carbon than rainforests.

Mr. Viljoen added: “We are grateful to the Department of Forestry, especially Acting Director of Operations Western, Mr Uraiya Racule, as well as the Department of Environment for their assistance with our initiative. They provide us with vital support in identifying areas which require mangrove reforestation and help provide the seedlings we need to carry out the planting. It’s wonderful to see that even as Fiji hands over the Presidency of COP, there are increasingly greater efforts being undertaken at home to fight climate change.”

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