Communities receive plants for replanting programme

NUKU’ALOFA-January 6: 2.52pm (R2R Media): Different communities around the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment area have received plant seedlings as part of the replanting programme of the Tonga Ridge To Reef (R2R) project.

Members of the Tatakamotonga community receiving their plant seedlings from the Forestry and R2R officials at Tokomololo in November last year. Photo: R2R MEDIA

Plant seedlings were distributed to the Tatakamotonga, Fanga ‘o Pilolevu, Fangaloto and Toloa communities in November and December 2016.

The R2R project pays for the seedlings to the Forestry Department.

Seedlings are distributed in accordance to the different requests received from the communities, through their Town or District Officers.

R2R Project Manager Ta’ahirih Hokafonu said the replanting programme is an important part of the project and that is aimed at reviving the “green nature” in Tonga and bringing back some of the traditional plants that Tonga is known for.

Ms Hokafonu was on hand in late November to witness the handover of seedlings to the management of Tupou College Toloa.

The Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC, Mr Paula Ma’u presented the seedlings to the principal of Tupou College, Reverend Alifeleti Atiola and the school management. Also present at the handover was the Director of Environment, Ms Lupe Matoto.

The replanting programme continues this year.

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