One of important areas of Rotary's activity is environmental conservation. By supporting this orientation, the Rotary Club Rijeka has initiated the action of afforestation of Gorski Kotar with the intent of restoring the forest mass and paying attention to importance of preserving this extremely valuable and sensitive ecosystem. Forests are regulator of the water system and "the lungs of the world" responsible for producing oxygen that we breathe. For example, only forests in Croatia store up to 256 million tons of carbon, which is 3% of global human carbon emissions. By planting new seedlings in areas whose forest ecosystems are disrupted, we contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are the main cause of global warming.
The action of afforestation at location Sunger - Bukovac Sungerski was organized in cooperation with Croatian forests through Branch Office in Delnice, which provided 2000 seedlings of autochthonous fir and spruce from Rasadnik Kuželj. Besides members of the Rotary Club Rijeka, in the action of afforestation have participated members of Rotary Club Sv.Vid, Rotary Club Kočevje, members of the Rotaract Club Rijeka, members of Inner Wheel, representatives of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce - county chamber of Rijeka and friends and sympathizers of the Rijeka club who with personal engagement, wanted to support this action.
As every Rotarian gathering, this meeting also ended up in the spirit of friendship and good fun. The action of Rotary Club Rijeka has encouraged the idea of organisation the national action of afforestation at the level of Rotary District 1913 Croatia on the occasion of the World Forest Protection Day which is on March 21st.
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