Forest and Trees

Forests and trees play significant roles in the lives of Pacific Islanders, economically, socially, culturally and environmentally. In many Pacific island countries, especially on the smaller islands and atolls, agroforestry and tree crops provide most of the food, medicines, construction materials, firewood, tools and myriad of other products and services that cannot be replaced with imported substitutions. For the larger countries, forests have contributed significantly into their economic development in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and infrastructure development. Thus, a major challenge for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) is to ensure sustainable management of their scarce and diminishing forest and tree resources, taking into account demands for economic development and the social and environmental needs of their growing populations, LRD-SPC is addressing this under its Forest & Tree programme.

SPC book on Pacific forests now available online
Friday, 17 February 2012 15:17

A landmark book on the forests of the Pacific Islands, produced by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Land Resources Division (LRD) to com....

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Mapping Fiji’s forest cover with the help of satellite imagery
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:16
Forestry staff undergoing GIS training at SOPAC.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has embarked on a programme to build capacity in mapping land/forest cover in Fiji using very high reso....

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Side events on Pacific organised during Asia Pacific Forestry Week
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 08:57

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with its partners, organised two side events during the second Asia Pacific Forestry ....

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SPC and FAO support Kids to Forest Initiative of Live and Learn Environmental Education
Friday, 11 November 2011 14:09

A pilot initiative to create awareness amongst youth and communities to appreciate the benefits of forests was recently piloted in Fiji with the sup....

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We acknowledge our major donors/partners in supporting Forestry initiatives in the Pacific