Korean Air receives Mongolian environmental award

Korean Air has been recognized for its work in planting tens of thousands of trees in Mongolia.

Jong Hee Lee, President and COO of Korean Air, received the “Environmental Excellence Medal” from the government of Mongolia. The medal was presented by minister L.Gansukh, at the government headquarters in Ulanbatar on May 19.

The “Environmental Excellence Medal” is the most prestigious honor awarded by the government of Mongolia.

In an effort to reduce the encroachment of the desert in Mongolia, Korean Air created 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 yellow dust to spread across Asia each year.

Currently, 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 trees with the help of a total of 1,500 employee volunteers over the past six years.

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