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 organises Pacific regional forestry technical meeting
Friday, 16 September 2011 11:52
The Pacific Regional Forestry Technical Meeting, which will be held 21–23 September at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi, will also be the highlight of the Pacific celebration of the International Year of Forests.


In 2006 the UN General Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests as a way of  celebrating the important contribution forests make to our well-being and to support efforts towards the promotion of sustainable management, conservation and development of forests worldwide.

During the 2009 Heads of Forestry Meeting and the 2010 Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services, it was recommended that SPC, through its Land Resources Division, organise regional activities to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

The regional meeting in September is expected to cover the Pacific International Year of Forests celebration and lessons learnt from organising the competition and other events, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)+ Pacific regional framework, international phytosanitary standards for forestry, sharing and exchange of tree germplasm in the region, and other emerging regional issues, challenges and opportunities.

Two preliminary meetings will be held in the same venue on 19 and 20 September: the inception meeting of the AusAID Project on Strengthening Capacities in Tree Seed Technologies in Pacific Island Countries and a SPC/GIZ, JICA and UN REDD collaborative workshop on REDD+ readiness in the Pacific.

The main objective of the inception meeting is to discuss and plan the project training, research directions, identify key species, develop a work plan and discuss progress on the preparation of the material transfer agreement to improve capabilities in the regional tree seed centre.

The main objectives of the REDD+ workshop are to raise awareness about REDD+, provide updates on REDD+ readiness initiatives in the Pacific, and discuss findings and recommendations of a UN-REDD mission in the Pacific earlier this year.

The outcomes of these preliminary meetings will be taken up in the Pacific Regional Forestry Technical meeting that follows.

These meetings are being organised with funding and technical support from the regional SPC\GIZ Climate Protection through Forest Conservation Project, the United Nations REDD Programme, Japan International Cooperation Agency and AusAID.

(For further information please contact Vinesh Prasad on telephone (679)3370733 or email LRD Help Desk on email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .)


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