Land Management and Resources Policy Support

The promotion of sustainable resource management relies on creating the appropriate enabling policy frameworks for sustainable resource management. Such frameworks could include, for example, codes of logging practice and land use guidelines. LRD works with PICTs to develop or revise policies, plans and legislation based on national needs and priorities. A crucial aspect of this is ensuring that policy revisions take account of crossing-cutting issues such as climate change, food security, gender, youth.

Launch of the Pacific Soil Partnership
Friday, 24 October 2014 07:50
On 13 October 2014, four organisations hosted the launch of the Pacific Soil Partnership in Suva, Fiji.  This is a partnership of 22 Pacific Island nations that has the primary aim of stopping the widespread decline in soil quality in the region.

The objective of this launch is to establish the Pacific Soil Partnership. Inoke Ratukalou, Director of the SPC Land Resources Division, says that this regional soil partnership was discussed during the Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting in 2010. The objective of the partnership is to bring all the soil-related activities in the region into a common framework, open to all stakeholders and institutions that are willing to actively contribute to sustainable soil management in the Pacific.

The four organisations that hosted the launch are the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Global Soil Partnership, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia) and Landcare Research (New Zealand).

The occasion of the launch was also used for a workshop to identify the soil priorities in the region and to draw up an action plan for the five pillars of action:

·         Soil management

·         Awareness

·         Research

·         Information and data

·         Standards.

The workshop addressed ways to ensure higher recognition of the central role of soil resources as a basis for food security and their provision of key ecosystem services, including climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Land Use Planning is becoming increasingly important in the Pacific. If demographic trends continue there will be increasingly urgent need to match land systems, soil types and land uses in the most rational way possible, to optimize sustainable resource development and management to meet the needs of society.

A participatory 'bottom up' planning process should begin at the local level utilizing fully the experience and local knowledge of landowners and users to identify priorities and to draw up and implement plans.

Some guidelines which need to be adapted to the local context are available at http://www.fao.org/docrep/T0715E/t0715e00.htm