‘Children need to be educated on forests’

President Jioji Konrote and an official of the Forestry Department during the tree planting ceremony to mark International Day of Forests yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

President Jioji Konrote and an official of the Forestry Department during the tree planting ceremony to mark International Day of Forests yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

CHILDREN need to be educated on the importance of forests.

This was the message from the President Jioji Konrote while officiating at the 2018 International Day of Forests at the Borron House in Suva yesterday.

“I also encourage all of us to educate our children on the importance of forests to humanity as a whole,” he said.

“We need to educate our children that our forests are a source of economic empowerment, biodiversity and cultural importance.

Mr Konrote said this year’s theme aimed to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests such as urban forests, parks, botanical gardens, woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.