New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil
Ambassador plants an Aroeira tree in Brasilia's Constituents Park
New Zealand Ambassador Jeff McAlister planted a native Aroeira tree, typical of the Brazilian savannah, at a new arboretum of the Rio+20 nations in Brasilia's Constituents Park on 31 May.
The event was organised by the Brazilian Congress to mark Brazil's hosting of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro this month. New Zealand will be participating in the conference with a delegation led by our Minister of Environment and including government, business, civil society, and Maori representatives. The tree-planting ceremony also marked the occasion of the widening of the Park and addition of a new walking path.