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Korean Air to Plant Trees in Mongolia to Prevent Desertification

May 19, 2017 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Korean Air has been taking the lead in saving the Earth by volunteering for 14 consecutive years to plant trees in Mongolia.

From May 15th to 26th, more than 200 Korean Air employees will be cooperating with 600 local residents to plant trees in Mongolia. This activity is part of Korean Air’s ‘Global Planting Project’ which aims to prevent desertification of the city and save the environment. What was once a deserted area now has more than 110,000 trees planted and has been renamed ‘Korean Air Forest’. The forest is located at Baganuur, a city 150 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.

‘Korean Air Forest’ covers an area of 440,000 square meters and consists mainly of poplar trees, sea buckthorn and Siberian elms. The fruits of the sea buckthorn are used as ingredients of vitamin drinks. Thus planting trees not only makes the city greener but also contributes to increasing the incomes of local residents. The airline is focused on maintaining the forest well and has hired a local professional to look after it and to train local residents in supervision.

Moreover, Korean Air has been donating educational materials such as computers, desks and chairs to local schools which participate with the airline in the tree planting activity. Thanks to Korean Air’s continuous effort, residents’ determination to save the environment has grown tremendously and they have become ardent supporters of the annual planting activity.

Apart from tree planting, Korean Air has engaged in an array of programs in the different markets where it flies to assist communities in need. Utilizing its extensive global network, the airline has provided relief goods to countries such as Myanmar, Nepal, Japan and Peru when they were affected by natural disasters. Korean Air will continue to roll out corporate social responsibility programs at home and abroad, in support of protecting the environment, maintaining sustainable development and supporting local communities.

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