Park commemorates day by planting rainforest trees

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop (right) and guests planting rainforest trees at the Port Moresby Nature Park on Friday to commemorate the World Environment Day. – Picture supplied

THE Port Moresby Nature Park commemorated World Environment Day on Friday by planting rainforest trees to launch an expansion project there.
The park management said this was in partnership with the Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (Cepa), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Capital District Commission (NCDC).
The park’s chief executive officer Michelle McGeorge noted that its role was to be an ambassador for wildlife and biodiversity conservation.
“Through the Nature Park, we are able to connect people to nature, increase their knowledge and understanding of the issues of threats to the environment and climate-change impacts and most importantly, provide people with the tools to take action to save wildlife and the environment,” she said.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said city residents should support tree-planting efforts in a bid to raise the country’s profile as a powerhouse for climate change.
“PNG has the third largest rainforest in the world and it is our responsibility to recognise that this is our contribution to the world, to be the lungs of the earth,” Parkop said.
McGeorge thanked the sponsors of the “trees for life” rainforest expansion project which included the Sir Brian Bell Foundation, One Tree Planted, Cities4Forests, the British High Commission, the Skal Club of Port Moresby, Rotary Club of Port Moresby and supported in partnership with Active City Development Programme and the Education Department.