Concern for environment drives joy to Forestry studies

Press Release Posted On: May 30, 2023

After observing the rapid deforestation and depletion of forestry resources, Angel Joy decided to play a proactive role in addressing the environmental issue by enrolling at the Fiji National University (FNU).

The 18-year-old is currently undertaking studies in the Diploma in Forestry (Level 5) programme at the College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (CAFF) and believes that the TVET programmes would provide her with the necessary skills and knowledge required to work in the forestry sector.

“I find the programme very interesting because we get to learn about the very thing that brings us the breath of life, which is trees,” she said.

Joy said trees play an important part in tackling climate change challenges because they operate as carbon sinks, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere via photosynthesis.

“Trees help to prevent soil erosion by binding the soil together with their roots, which helps to retain water and nutrients. Trees help to limit the quantity of silt and nutrients entering rivers, lakes, and seas, which can contribute to climate change,” she highlighted.

“Trees help to conserve biodiversity by providing habitat for a variety of creatures. Trees help to preserve ecological balance by sustaining biodiversity, which is vital for climate change mitigation.”

Joy emphasised the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.

She believes that every individual can make a difference by taking small steps to reduce their carbon footprint and live sustainably.

Semester 2, 2023 studies

Students interested in the Diploma in Forestry (Level 5) programme or other courses at FNU can enquire and Apply Now for Semester 2, 2023 studies.  

Interested students can apply online at or via email to

For further information or queries, students can also Text (Toll-Free) to 857 for Vodafone and Inkk users.

Alternatively, applicants can visit any of the FNU campuses to submit applications.

Classes for Semester 2 begin in July 2023.