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National Airline, Fiji Airways today marked International Day of Forests by planting the first trees for its Every Take-off One Tree initiative.

Led by CEO Andre Viljoen, management and staff of Fiji Airways teamed up with Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited (suppliers of the native mahogany seedlings), and planted the first batch of trees in the airline’s latest environmental conservation project. The plantation is located in Votualevu in Nadi.

The project, which was launched at Fiji Airways’ 65th year celebrations last September, commits to plant one tree for every international take-off from Nadi International Airport. With approximately 2000 departures from its main Nadi hub each year, the airline will be holding planting activities every quarter, in which staff will plant 500 trees.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and CEO, Andre Viljoen said, “We fly over a million people every year to our home, Fiji. A big part of its attraction is its pristine and unspoiled natural environment. As the country’s flag carrier, we see it as our duty to protect and promote the conservation of our country’s flora and fauna, as well as make every effort to mitigate the impact of our operations. This is our commitment to Fiji and its future generations. This action is especially imperative at an advent when nature is at its most vulnerable.”

“This project is one of our key initiatives towards environmental conservation. These mahogany plantations will be protected forests and grow to maturity without being harvested for lumber.”

Fiji Hardwood Corporation Limited CEO, Giuseppe Dal Bosco said of the partnership, “FHCL is happy to support Fiji Airways in this commendable initiative by supplying seedlings and expertise for their plant a tree programme. These trees will not to be harvested and will remain for the benefit of future generations. FHCL’s vision is to become a national leader in sustainable forest management, which includes reforestation of native plantations.”

“We encourage all stakeholders in the forestry, agriculture and rural development sectors of Fiji to engage in the expansion of forestry plantations as an environmentally friendly and economically attractive development alternative not only with Mahogany but with other high value native species.”

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