Samoa Observer, 27th October 2018

The first year of Samoa’s national carbon offsetting programme through tree planting is coming to a close in December and Samoa Conservation Society (S.C.S.) is excited to continue the scheme into the future.

Thirty youth from Sa’aga, Poutasi and Saleilua, nine of whom are women, have been working a week per month to plant trees in O le Pupu Pue National Park, paid for by travellers to Samoa trying to offset the impact of their flights.

The youth have been working alongside the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and learning essential skills along the way.

Project Manager and Technical Director for S.C.S, Christine Tuioti Mariner said having youth as forestry champions is something to be proud of.

“We’re also setting them up for future jobs to do with the environment,” she said.

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