Community and CFP Schools in Fiji joined the International Green Wave Campaign 2015
On May 22, 2015, Five Children’s Forest Program (CFP) schools in Fiji joined the Green Wave Action 2015. This celebration is also the International Day for Biological Diversity.
At 10:00am, OISCA-Fiji CFP coordinators conducted a simultaneous tree planting activity in 5 schools. The participating schools are Nokonoko District School, Ratu Ilaisa Memorial School, Ratu Nemani Memorial School, Nawai Public School and Ratu Latianara Primary School. Following this years’ theme “One School, One Tree, One Gift to Nature”, each school planted one seedling of Sapodilla(Manilkara zapota) for memorial planting done by the School Head Teacher or Teacher Coordinator with selected students.
The memorial planting was then followed by group planting participated by the teachers and students. In Latianara Primary School, they conducted an awareness workshop to all the students and teachers due to insufficient area for planting. Various species of indigenous and fruit trees were planted during the activity. The CFP schools management appreciated the effort of planting native trees species such as Dakua, Vesi, Baumuri, Koka, Yasi and Kura within their school compounds to which their students do not have any physical idea of the trees. Also, we include in the planting some coconut seedlings which is a native tree. The children were even more excited about planting of fruit trees such as Rambutan, Mangosteen, Kavika, Mango, Soursop and Avocado especially the schools who are establishing a Fruit Park. The activity was completed for an average 1 hour and 30 minutes with a total 128 different tree seedlings and 624 students and teachers.
Another participation for this Green Wave Planting is from Nasoso Village located at the Coral Coast. The community was motivated to take this course of action after a short awareness presentation of the local and global environmental condition. Currently, the village itself is facing drastic rising sea level and intermittent tidal waves reaching their compounds. To protect their homes, the members of the village including children planted coastal trees species such as Dilo, Tavola, Nawanawa and Yasi along their shoreline for these species are good wind-breakers.
This collective planting involving school children and village people is a qualitative action towards CFP’s goal of contributing to the preservation and restoration of community forest in Fiji as well as protection and mitigation to global threat brought by climate change.