Korean Air has been awarded the “Environmental
Excellence Medal” by the government of Mongolia.
Jong Hee Lee, President and COO of Korean Air,
received the honor of the “Environmental Excellence Medal” from
Luimed Gansukh, a minister of the Ministry of Environment, at the
government headquarters in Ulanbatar, the capital city of
Mongolia, on May 19.
The “Environmental Excellence
Medal” is the most prestigious honor awarded by the government of
Korean Air, as a commercial company, has received this
high recognition for its constant efforts to enhance the
environment of Mongolia by planting tens of thousands of trees in
Korean Air started its Global Planting
Project in 2004 and has flown new employees and South Korean
college students to Mongolia every year to plant trees in what is
now called the “Korean Air Forest”. The forest is located in the
Baganor Desert where the desertification of forests is causing
pollutant yellow dust spreading across Asia.
bid to help the country cope with increasing desertification,
Korean Air continued its tree planting project this year. A total
of 208 volunteers split into three groups are planting 9,000 trees
from May 4 to May 22. The airline has planted 36,500 with the help
of a total of 1,500 employee volunteers over the past six years.
Baganor was chosen as one of the best green cities by
the Mongolian government in 2006, and the “Korean Air Forest” has
been recognized not only domestically, but also globally as a
successful model for partnerships between global companies and
local autonomous entities.
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